Chaos and Revolution

As published in the Newspost :

This is in response to Ghani Khan’s letter (News Post, Nov 3). He has raised some very important points and I am in complete agreement with him. With this nation being unorganised and hankering for a French – or Iran-style revolution, what we forget is the intellectual revolution that took place in Europe and is called ‘The Age of Enlightenment’. It produced great thinkers like Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson, Mikhail Lomonosov, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and many others. These were the men who woke the people up from their slumber, taught them to question and learn while setting the stage for change.
In Pakistan, intellectual freedom is not practised so talking about a revolution is useless. It has become our hobby to put the blame for every mishap on ‘foreign hands’ and people do not look beyond such preposterous theories. Our nation needs to realise that without a change in ourselves, there can be no change in Pakistan. As Marilyn Ferguson said, “The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

Hafsa Khawaja

Aging Players

My letter in the NewsPost today :

“This is in response to Mr Abdul Rauf’s letter ‘Aging players’ (Nov 1). I believe he’s got his answer by now as to why the PCB keeps on giving chances to a player like Abdul Razzaq after seeing his unbelievable performance in the second one-day international against South Africa. We should judge players on the basis of their performance and the way they put up a fight. After all Sachin Tendulkar is 37 and is still playing.
Getting rid of older and more experienced players will harm our team. Young and emerging players need the guidance, confidence and encouragement of the senior players to hone their skills. We should learn from how India’s cricket team trained and polished new players like Kohli in the presence of senior team members such as Sachin, Dhoni etc. In the end, hats off to the Master Blaster for his memorable century.

Hafsa Khawaja