Friday, March 20, 2009

Pakistan's Political State of Affairs.

Pic: From the top-Mr. Pushpender Kulshreshta.
Hello Netizens,

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I dedicate this post to Peace, Positivity, Vibrancy and Constructive character.

The topic of discourse today is the political state of affairs in neighbouring Pakistan.

It is in a state of constant upheavals and transitions. Let us analyse the various angles responsible for such a condition in the nation.

The following feature is a note of the lecture given by Mr. Pushpender Kulshreshta in the Friday World Around programme held at Niscort on 20-3-09 ( National Institute of Social Communications Research and Training) located at Vaishali, Ghaziabad wherein i pursue masters in Print Journalism.

For all of you to know, Mr. Pushpender Kulshreshta is a veteran in the field of media. His vocation at present is: he is the Secretary General of the Press Club and Senior Correspondent for the PTV (Pakistan Television) for analysis on Pakistan's Politics.

Besides these, his other realms are his involvement in BBC's Political Beat, Sahara's Political Beat wherein he has covered issues and developments related to two of the most important Political Parties of Uttar Pradesh: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP).

Last but not the least, this tireless journalist has also done Telephone interviews with a considerable number of the militant organisation Taliban's leaders during his stint in Sahara's Media organisation. He threw light on his current designation by informing students attending

the programme: that he works in a Pvt. channel based in Karachi - a 24 Hour News Channel and he is in charge of the Indian operations from New Delhi.

He addressed the audience by stating that: " Indians of all classes, social status and backgrounds should understand the psychology of Indian Muslims first in order to ease out blown out of proportions tensions and animosity on political levels between the two countries."

This he cited as being the sole reason for the constant political blame game between the two countries.

Commenting on the political crisis faced by Pakistan he stated that the present state of affairs in Pakistan is an indication of its last chance for survival as a nation.

The bottom line at this juncture of his talk was that the country was fully exposed on Civil, Defence and Political levels.

Throwing light on origin of terror organisations like the Taliban, he stated that: it was created by ISI chief Hamid Gul in connivance with U.S. intelligence, CIA.

He stated that later this brainchild of Pakistan had no room for release of energy infused in it.

Commenting on the spectrum of social hierarchy in the nation he added that Army was the only institution that comes with permanent and stable power.

He said that the Army regime was played with huge vested interests from both the countries intelligence ( Both India & Pakistan's). He went on to add that Akbar Mufti a potent leader of Baluchistan province was reportedly killed with political motives allegedly by the intelligence agencies.

Here and there he threw some interesting trivia to the audience by informing that India comprises of 80 crore Muslims approximately.

Informing audiences on social spectrum of Pakistan he stated that any federation back there comprises of a retired Army General of the nation.

The instance he gave students speaks volumes of Pak army's social monopoly: " ranging from matchbox to cement factories are owned by the army. "

Simultaneously, he gave the picture across the border by stating that in India's case, RAW( Research Analysis Wing) as well as intelligence heads do not have an army background.

He alleged that in India's case, the " hawkish " element both in RAW and IB (Information Bureau) is interfering with the betterment of relations between the two neighbours.

He said the Vernacular Press is equally responsible for exaggerating issues or simply spreading wrong messages. At this juncture he informed that the cost of an English daily in Pakistan costs Rs. 15.

Commenting on media content he alleged that the material and matter of an Urdu daily named "Nawa-e-Waqt " runs on similar lines to that of RSS's mouthpiece , the Organiser back in India.

As far as the issue of the valley of Kashmir goes, he informed that it is but a uniting force for Pakistan to rouse and integrate nationalism among the different racial groups of the country.

He said that 20-25 families, feudal in their processing and format run Pakistan. These landlords are traditionally known as Vadheras. There is no Middle class there which is why there is lack of any mass movements there.

Commenting on News dissemination in Pakistan he added that "One should not be selective in their memory." This he hinted towards the talk hogging the central topic both in Political and social circles. It was the massacre of thousands and thousands of Gujarati Muslims in 2002. Unfortunately, the massacre of 3000 Sikhs in Delhi on 1984 doesn't make much noise.

He put his justification in this proposition by adding that we, in India comprise of diverse religious communities and one community is not meant to be singled out for harassment and oppression.

The bottom line is one's pain is every body else's pain.

He affirmed that Pakistan is the 51st estate of the U.S. with it depending on the self proclaimed superpower's funds and sanctions.

The silver lining according to his understanding and observation is that there are voices emerging from within Pakistani society.

He said that Pakistan should not adopt a role as being a contractor of misinterpreted and distorted self- styled Jihad activists sent to different Islamic countries.

He affirmed that Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of Pakistan was the only Nationalist leader of India till 1935 after which the " hawkish " element of Congress made him think on communal lines.

He stated that this was the first time after many years that " great diplomacy " was shown by Indian Bureaucracy which was fast tracked by a 2 day workshop that exposed Pakistan from many levels. He lauded MEA ( Ministry of External Affairs) for its efficiency.

He said English dailies like " The Dawn " plays a positive and a good role back there.

He added: U.S. interests in all these matters centre around its efforts to check China with Pakistan being its immediate neighbour and its underlying motive, perhaps the foremost motive is to play a bigger a role over India, touted to be a superpower after China in the Asian continent.

On a popular level, his talk can be summarised by actor Shahrukh Khan's intelligent propositions on stage in a movie awards night following terror attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon of U.S. by first humorously adding that now my wife wouldn't let me watch Britney Spears music videos and not all blame and accusations should be reserved for neighbouring Pakistan as there are good and bad elements anywhere.

Thank you all.

Keep thinking and comment what you folks think about it ?


Peace to all.

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