The dying Thar

The heart-wrecking images that we’re seeing in thar - of hunger, misery and death, are enough to bristle the hair on the back of your neck.

Yet, our governments remain so inefficient - either trying to brush the damage under the carpet, or using it as a political opportunity by blaming an opposition party and establishing new voter’s base. Is ‘humanity’ a word that ever sounded familiar to them?

Oh sure, they’ll be granting the aid money to wipe off the issue – but only temporarily! A permanent solution for recurring annual famine, lack of basic infrastructure or utilities in such a vast piece of land would never strike them. For, they won’t bear sowing seed for the next government in line to reap.

It’s not just Thar, the entire province, apart from the metropolitan and adjoining urban areas, is awfully under-developed with extremely scarce access to education and economic welfare. The irony could be imagined by the mere fact that even Larkana district of Sindh, the birthplace of two Pakistani Prime Ministers from the PPPP that is the ruling party in Sindh for consecutive governments, is considered scarcely developed. And all that keeps the current Sindh government busy is the promotion of the ‘much-needed’ Sindh festival, that too out of public funds.

It reminded me of the childhood story of a king, who in a competition to beautify kingdoms, invested all the kingdom’s treasure and labour in getting the splendorous structures being erected and roads being beautified, while his subjects stood in rags, starving, as inspected by the competing king.

2320 hours
Sunday 9 March 2014

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