Monday, January 16, 2012

It all starts with feeling for Afghanistan

I asked a colleague to fix a broken window, without a second thought he grabbed a very delicate meeting chair to climb on, I stopped him before be broke that chair.

This reminded me of the public buses which has damaged passenger seats because people who sit in these seats start pulling out the cover of the seat. This also reminded me of the plenty of garbage that are lying out of every residential home or office in Kabul and no one bothers to pick them up apart from the old, weak and unpaid labor workers of the Municipality. My colleague action also reminded me of the young boys who were getting out of Kardan University last night and throwing the peels of banana and wraps of chocolate biscuits at the door of their own University. This also reminded me of the meeting I had last week in one of the ministries that had flowing toilets inside the ministry building, and the list goes on.

A glance into our media programs on daily basis is all about politics, politicial deals, political talks, huge claims of 'national pride' and some declaring Jihad for 'national interests' but I hardly see any leader, any politician, anyone to care how can we as Afghans become responsible citizens before becoming politicians of all kinds. Before declaring ourselves as visionary leaders for the 'national interest' why cant we start educating, reminding and encouraging our youth to become responsible citizens.

Pathway to a better Afghanistan is not a rocket science nor impossible. It all starts with feeling for Afghanistan. With feeling for every tiny and big thing that can build this country. It starts with taking responsibility for our own garbage, not to throw them outside of our homes with a blind eye.

It starts with the belief that every drop makes up the ocean. Building a better Afghanistan is not a rocket science, its only when we as Afghans stop expecting and start acting.

I know for many of us all these words sound as cliche and rhetoric. But imagine, if we continue detaching oursevles from feeling for Afghanistan, who would be affected if all the seats in the passenger buses are damaged. Who would be affected if the capital of this country turns into a garbage drum. Who will be affected if the lesson that university students are sharing with the younger ones is about throwing the banana peels and wraps of your chocoloate biscuite at the doorsteps of your university. The American public or the people of Afghanistan?