All sorts of media have gone to all stretches in displaying all sorts of views and news on the TuQ movement. One section of the society thinks his move was simple lunacy, while the another group fully supports Mr. Qadri’s movement giving him full credit for instigating and raising voice against the atrocious leaders. The neutrals are of the opinion that maybe his movement was not right but his words were spot on. A fourth, rather queer group of people is the ‘undecideds’. They are what we might sarcastically call the ‘no deen iman’ types in Urdu. They have dwindling opinions with no set line of thought. They seem to flow with the tide or the group of people the are with. They are a funny and wannabe sort who are still not decided if the long march achieved its purpose or not.
The politicians are owning the TuQ movement – why I call the long march a movement I will shortly describe- in three ways so far; one on a positive note on the face of it, the second totally denying it achieved any purpose at all, the third is approving of its agenda but denouncing its process. While the drama of acceptance and rejection continues on screen for everyone to see, people go back to their homes in the most orderly fashion.
The media goes into a frenzy and in an attempt to pull viewership shows the roads of Islamabad which it some how expects to be spotless, and squeaky clean. The tarmac hits the headlines of every news paper and blog and I cannot comprehend how the mere dirt can be of so much importance. While people realize their responsibility as citizens of Islamabad and help the municipality in the earnest, the media realizes its responsibility of being a revenue-making organization/page/website be it from the dirtiest news!
I call TuQ’s long march a movement as he has been able to mobilize the sleeping democracy and even if we don’t see the complete implementation of whatever was decided, we can at least see some improvement in the moral senses of the people who vote or come face to face with the people of Pakistan. The awareness that TuQ has raised with his speeches is not a small feat. At least the lower tier knows some of their constitutional rights- they are educated about the constitution of Pakistan. What the people knew was that the ruling party was corrupt, now they know they the ruling party is corrupt by law & constitution does not have place for them. The difference in knowledge is great. For the knowledgeable it is not much, but for the uneducated it means they can get their rights by law and contest. The mere knowledge can be used and if tackled properly, be used against the very feudals who have ruled the democratic systems. The same feudals who have actively kept education out of their constituencies for fear of this change!
Feudocracy- a term I picked up while reading the reviews on current news on Express Tribune. Isn’t it applicable and more practical? The current system of ‘democracy’ is screaming out painfully under the stressful looting by the feudals who are trying hard to run it. But have they succeeded?
Many people have put it this way- ‘democracy’ has not failed the government has failed the people. Autocracy, monarchy, dictatorship are not for Pakistan and its people. They believe the so-called ‘dictators’ have derailed the economy of Pakistan- while they themselves realize figures have been different. Their argument is then the constitution- anything happening beyond the constitution is way bad for the country- is it really so?
The pointers put forward today by Imran Khan and TuQ are fairly same and similar in nature- with Imran Khan demanding an additional eviction of Mr. Zardari. No one seems scared of taking names directly- and they should not be scared of calling a spade a spade! The same pointers demand fair elections, grass-root people being able to select their own leaders without hesitation.
Keeping the past and present in sight, the game of constitution, dictators and pointers is being fairly and unfairly played by all parties involved. The media tries to play all cards, try all questions, be the all-knowing, yet it seems to dip in favor of the government when it is TuQ in question. But has no issues and questions when Imran Khan puts forward the same pointers. The same media plays anti-dictator tunes as well, hinting who might be the next in line while the masses roar in favour of TuQ.
The judiciary kicks out the Prime Minister, but that has no immediate bearing for any of the on going scenario. The politicians find it a diversion and try hard to prolong it, but it has no mass appeal.
Facebook and Twitter become very interesting and swift places at times like these. The nation is not resting and so are the websites. They are making money by the hits, which are by the millions! But that is the least of my concerns at the moment. What dazzles me are the thoughts and the counter thoughts. As if the media was not enough!
Media is a strange yet effective tool which effects the online world in a subtle, sneaky way. Once bought into with some dough, the media can change its perspective in a minute or two and can give people alternative views that may never exist. People who have online accounts- are educated, will propagate it to give voice to their snoozing fingers without realizing what they are writing.
The online world transformed from the force of the media, that pushed tons of people into the streets for the long march, giving the long march a wonderful reception in every city it passed, to bogging it down now that it has reached its ultimate destination and has the full potential of tearing down the Parliament. The media has suddenly put out its anchors into the streets asking general people constitutional questions. I DIRECTLY ask the media ‘how many people in your family know their constituitional rights and what was your age when you realized your constitutional rights to vote?” “How many women in your family are aware of their constitutional rights?” Kndly let us know without LYING!!!!
The point to these pointless questions is that, your questions are as pointless as the questions above! Kindly stop giving people secondary ideas- a man wearing robes and having a religious background is as sound as a man wearing Western outfit- atleast the religous man is EDUCATED in deen and duniya!