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The much-awaited festival of colours, Holi, is just a day away. But this year, we must stay away from the usual Holi celebrations.
No points for guessing that the reason is the coronavirus outbreak. Play safe, be safe. This should our motto for this year’s Holi.
IN English language, there are interesting phrases like “last time around,” “this time around,” and “next time around.”
Incidentally, all such phrases can be aptly used to describe the gun culture in the US. This time around, at least 10 people including a police officer have been killed in the deadly shooting at a supermarket in Colorado.
Shooting after shooting such sad incidents have been creating panic and fears among the people.
Clearly enough, the gun culture has been in existence in America regardless of the ruling regimes.
Of course, the Biden Administration has to look into other ways and means to stop the menace.
A man with a machine cannot be a human, meaning that America has to shift away from the prevalent machine or machine-made lifestyle.
Undoubtedly, technology has been good for all and America has been contributing a lot to the technology world. But it should think and go beyond that.
For example, great teachings have been instrumental in making a positive impact on society.
Expanding education sector, establishing more libraries and shunning nasty things in Hollywood movies could be all steps forward in the right direction.
The Asian continent has been the real hub of all great teachings and cultural beauty in terms of various languages and people out there.
In my native areas like Tiruchendur in Tamil Nadu, big schools, colleges and public libraries have been all common sights to spread the knowledge and great teachings.
The ancient America had indeed been thriving on such great things because of the then social reformers and beautiful culture.
But this new America is a bit different, full of chaos and confusion created by modern machine lifestyle.
There are many more ways out of the current gun culture in America. The US should take steps to emulate such great ancient things and follow holistic approach across the board to end the shooting menace at once.
P SENTHIL S DURAI
rhetoric, less performance
In the 2018 general election, the people of Pakistan voted PTI into power with the hope that it would bring change in the country, as promised by Mr. Khan during his election campaign. But, so far, not a single promise has been fulfiled.
No significant efforts are being made at the federal level and in the provinces of Punjab and KPK, where the PTI is in power, to improve the standard of education there.
No focus is being given on bringing “out of school” children into the net of education in these areas presently under control of the PTI government. The story of health facilities is also not different in these areas in the government hospitals.
During the two and half years of the PTI government, the number of poor and unemployed have also increased which clearly shows that the governments of the PTI at Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar have failed to live up to their promises.
Honestly speaking, looking at the pathetic performance of the PTI government at the Centre and in the provinces of Punjab and KPK, I am compelled to say that it will have a “less focus on the performance” and “more focus on targeting and ridiculing the opposition”.
I am sure the people in the 2023 general election will vote and judge PTI on the basis of its five-year performance and delivery for the common people and not on the basis of its constant stance on “ attacking and ridiculing” the opposition.
I have a genuine advice for the legislative assembly and honorable Parliamentarians; why not at once abrogate the Article 25-A of Pakistan Constitution which states, “The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such a manner as may be determined by law.”
As it evidently is not in functional so why not mitigate the loads of our reputable Constitution. If we are half-ashamed, let’s fill the remaining half to make it full.
ASIF MURAD UMRANI