First published on 23rd December 2013. Reverted to draft as it was sent to Express Tribune Blogs sometime in early January. Re-published on 24th February 2014 after being kindly rejected for ‘not being the type of posts published in ETB’ and the writer ‘should write something on another topic and send it again…’
Change – the slogan of many political campaigns of the world. They all say they will bring change, but can anyone, ever, bring change? Is change a glass of water, of what you can just say that bring me a glass of water? If I tell a politician, bring me change, will he pour it into a crystal glass and present it to me on a silver platter?
If that is what change is, then why have we not changed?
Why are we still the same as always?
Why are our minds still narrow, our eyes still closed and our hearts still black?
Why, still, do we sneer at Shias, laugh at Christians and scorn the Ahmadis?
Why, still, do we beat our women, ridicule our sons and shun our daughters?
Why, still, do we not love our country, cherish our country and idolize our country?
Why do we still look at America and England with envious eyes, why do we still worship Indian actors, why do we still prefer Chinese products?
Why is that we want our children to be raised in the western countries?
Why is it that to better our children’s future, we move to England?
Is this change? Can a single man bring change? Can a single man fix billions of hearts? Can a single man change the mind of a whole nation.
Although Mr. Imran Khan, a person I hold in high regard, said he can and he will, he never did.
People say they will, but they never do. That is a paramount cause of where we are now.
I am also guilty if this social evil. I say I will, but I never do.
I have to remedy this soon.
I must change myself, because I believe that change starts from within, radiates out and ultimately changes the people we are surrounded with.
A single man cannot change a nation, but a nation can change a single man.
In the words of a Pakistani rock band, Noori:
You must change, hearts will change, people will change.