Many are the things that man Seeing must understand Not seeing, how shall he know What lies in the hand Of time to come?” —Sophocles, the Greek playwright
“That moment will never come. The moment to give yourself to your art (dreams, political ambitions, public welfare plans) is now.”
Prime Minister: What Pakistan needs is a Soft Revolution – but I will come to that a little later in this column.
First, let me go back a little, though not too far, to December 27, 2017, to your interview with Nadeem Malik on a Samaa Television Talk Show.
It was a pleasure to watch you: a confident, calm, calculated, articulate, decisive-looking and well-prepared Prime Minister responding with assurance and personal conviction to the questions asked while sitting comfortably in your own private home in opulent surroundings and explaining to the nation your government and party’s political ideological premise and discourse in the prevailing critical circumstances. It was, indeed, a good performance. In my professional capacity and analytical judgement, Prime Minister, you appeared to be a person in complete control of yourself. Indeed, your articulation, optimistic attitude, controlled behavior and ability to communicate effectively must have been noted and admired by many of the listeners.
However, as a common citizen of this country, among millions of others, I am encountering several conceptual difficulties in understanding the full extent of your ideological paradigm explicitly stated in the said interview. Consequently, many questions come to mind and need to be raised for clarification purposes. Continue reading