There is a total number of 246 cities that form a network of creative cities around the world declared by UNESCO. The cities of this network are selected from all continents and regions having different income levels and populations. As stated by UNESCO creative cities network “They work together towards a common mission: placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
It is heartening to know that Lahore stands in the list of 10 cities promoting literature. Angoulême (France), Beirut (Lebanon), Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern, Ireland), Kuhmo (Finland), Leeuwarden (Netherlands), Nanjing (China) Odessa (Ukraine), Wonju (Republic of Korea) and Wroc³aw (Poland) are other cities of the world.
Having serious economic issues faced by country’s economy and being on the warning list of FATF, the achievement is remarkable. This must be appreciated at government level and concessions must be given to those who are burning their blood to promote literature in the society. It is hoped that more cities of Pakistan will join hands with Lahore in future.
In this new era of technological advancement, we are detaching from our true social ties and bonds. The daily activities we often do these days are true depiction of our adverse dependency on social media. Our normal life is now replaced by internet and now has become only cyber-life. In the old times our parents used to tell the bed-time stories which are being replaced by the tablets, iPads and phones these days.
Internet is a beneficial thing but somehow it is turning humans into cyber-zombies, playing its role to keep them detached and depressed. Emotional relations are getting weaker now as people spent most of their time on internet associated activities. Scrolling for hours and doing nothing, hiding your true personality with fakeness and less physical activities have now become a daily routine for these human-like cyber-zombies. We should try to balance usage of internet otherwise it would become a headache for our society.
Tale of malpractices
Teaching is known to be one of the noble professions. Every religion has entrusted and uplifted teachers as dignitaries of the society. Such a status of teachers has been earned through ownership, respect, neutrality and thirst for knowledge and wisdom delivery, grooming and motivation of students.
The Last Prophet (PBUH) said, and I quote, “Teachers who have three students of social classes and do not treat them equally, will be in the line of the traitors on the Resurrection Day.” Once, Hazrat Ali (RA) said, “If a person teaches me one single word, he has made me his servant for lifetime.” The role of teachers has always been vital in developing a sane and just society with prosperity and wellbeing. The teacher has been given the status of parents. But unfortunately in our society, these angels are roaming around like wild beasts and are defaming this scared profession. Last week, I read painful news about a Hindu medical student, who was studying in the final year, was found dead under mysterious conditions in the hostel of a medical university, where she had been studying. Last year in Lahore, a student of visual arts at a private university reportedly committed suicide after jumping from the fourth floor of a building.
Last year, another medical student was found dead in the room of a private hostel. Earlier this year, a female student accused her teacher of sexual harassment in a university in Sargodha. Two years back in Haripur, a university student accused a former coordinator of the university of not only sexually assaulting girls including herself but also of making videos of the incident and was now blackmailing them to extort money. Last year, a schoolteacher was arrested for attempting to rape a nine-year-old girl in Gujjar Khan.
M ABUBAKER KHAN
Orangi Town is supposed to be Asia’s one of biggest Katchi Abadis and its total population is around thirty hundred thousand out of which three hundred thousand are Bengalis and Biharis who have settled in the town since long. The children of these two communities are deprived of getting secondary education as they do not posses CNIC and NADRA officials are not making their CNIC only because of non-availability of B-Form etc.
According to a survey report by an NGO around twelve million Bengalis and Biharis are residing in Pakistan and majority of them are settled in Karachi. Moreover, they remain unable to get any job whether in private or public sector only because of having no CNIC. Provincial as well as federal government should evolve a strategy to resolve their genuine matter of CNIC. It is worthy to mention here that once their CNIC is made they could be brought in tax paying net.
Misuse of modern tech
I am a student in the last year of engineering. I am very concerned about the abuse of the mobile phones by young people and children. The mobile phones can cause many brain diseases and heart problems. Long talk on the mobile phone can cause problems with the eardrum of children. The small gadget takes the earth through a storm. The children continue to play on the mobile phones that distract their attention.
At universities, students abuse the mobile phone by recording lectures and taking photos of notes. Moreover, children are like wet cement and what falls on them makes an impression. Some people say that parents should not buy mobile phones for the children. But it is better to build strong children instead of repairing their parents. I write this letter in your esteemed newspaper for the general awareness of the people.