Creating Positivity

22 Nov

“Think good, speak good, do good,” was the motto of Mera Passion Pakistan’s (MPP) launching ceremony in Lahore this Saturday evening. Apart from all the post-event criticism, I believe MPP did a perfect job smoking an air of positivity into Lahore’s bloggers. It is no secret that the local and global media doesn’t cover most of the positive things going on in Pakistan. The responsibility of news reporting has been confined to negative stories only, which is why the unsung heroes of this country rarely ever make it to our TV screens.

Glass is half full.

MPP’s objective is simple — to cover the positive news, and to provide the nation’s heroes with a platform on which their work is recognized and appreciated. The event was very well organized, which was something that perhaps none of the attendees had expected. Not only were we shown short documentaries about some of the undiscovered heroes, we later realized that they themselves were present there.

Pakistan’s Wright brothers: No, seriously. You may call them Qazi brothers though. Qazi Sajjad, inspired by a plane he saw in a 60s Bond film, built its own version using bamboo and a Suzuki engine, which can reach the altitude of 16000ft. Thanks to the pilot Qazi Tufail who assisted with the project. This motor glider, the brothers say, can be effective when monitoring the traffic and the floods.

“The Telescope Guy”: Asad Mehmood, is a soon-to-be 18-year-old student from Okara, who built Pakistan’s 5th largest (now 6th largest) telescope in his house, on his own. He spent a total of 25,000 PKR from his own pocket for achieving this target. Asad is one of the most passionate Physics buffs I have ever known, and I hope he goes on to build even bigger and better telescopes.

The Teachers: The floods in Sindh have displaced millions of people from their home towns, and have forced them to live in refugee camps. The children in these camps are deprived of their most basic right, which is education. These three students (two boys and a girl; I don’t remember all the names) from IBA Sukkur, studying on full-scholarship there, decided to take a step forward. They regularly go to the camps and educate the children there. Since their backgrounds are no different from these children’s, they realize how important education is for them. I consider them the true heroes, because educating poor children is the only way to save them from becoming street-beggars in the future. I personally conversed with the group in Sindhi (their mother-tongue) and it felt great to know that people from my province are finally beginning to realize what’s good for them. (I usually criticise Sindhis a lot for their non-serious attitude to life.) The best part was, they sat right beside me all the time and I didn’t know who they were until I saw them on the big screen.

Photo by Haris Nadeem.

Left to right: Asad Mehmood, The three IBA students, Fazli (the man who covered the stories), Qazi Tufail. (Photo by Haris Nadeem.)

All in all, the event was a success. Mr. Irfan’s talk was one of the most inspirational and patriotic speeches I have ever listened to. All the attendees appreciated him. Applause. Laughter. Interaction. It was a wonderful session.

But the criticism is always there. The most objectionable and debatable issue is the awarding of an iPad by MPP to Google’s Badar Khushnood, the man who helped a great deal with organizing the event, while the discussed heroes were only awarded 10,000 PKR each. Another concerning point is that MPP has still not finished its website. There is no information whatsoever about the team behind the project.

5 Responses to “Creating Positivity”

  1. Zeeshan Ahmed November 22, 2011 at 2:23 AM #

    Well covered! Wish I had been there.

    • Aadil Aijaz November 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM #

      Wish we could organize such events in Hyderabad too.

  2. SaFire November 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM #

    Ooh, how wonderful. *APPLAUSE.*

  3. Tazeen November 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM #

    I didn’t even know such a thing existed until I read your blog. Hats off to you for giving this space!

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