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If the World were a Village

Nice way to look at things ūüôā


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iPhone Apps vs. Useful iPhone Apps

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Quote of the day

This should be the mantra for the year!


source: Gapingvoid

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An open letter to Pakistanis

This is a nice bold letter. Though I do disagree with Yasser’s words on Kashmir, It is definitely people like Yasser who makes me respect all Pakistanis. I have personally met a lot of Pakistanis during my few years in the middle east. And all the Pakis that I know are really nice, trustworthy and kind people. I definitely do’nt buy into the political and media’s branding of all Pakistanis as BAD. I KNOW that they are as nice as we Indians and the rest of the world are.

The only serious problem is that ‚Äėsome‚Äô Pakistanis seem to have forgotten that we were all part one one country that was and is called India. The whole idea behind forming a separate state of Pakistan was to allow both India and Pakistan to co-exist in peace so that the citizens of both the state can live harmoniously with the equality, respect and love they all deserve.


Open Letter to all Pakistanis: Bombay, Faridkot and us

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Dear fellow Pakistanis,

I wrote an open letter recently to our neighbors in India which got a lot of attention- both from India and Pakistan.   The letter was written by a citizen of Pakistan to a citizen of India but it is only fair that I write a similar letter to my own compatriots.  Let me begin by thanking those of you who wrote emails of praise and appreciation.  At the time I wrote that letter, I genuinely could not conceive of a young boy from the remote village of Faridkot, too small to be visible on the map of Pakistan,  in Khanewal district to strike at the heart of India‚Äôs financial capital.  Given the motive, timing and the unfortunate demise and martyrdom of Hemant Karkare,  a true hero for the people of India,  and the growing nexus of Hindu extremism with terrorism aimed at the Muslim minority in India in the recent years forced me to point a finger, more speculative than accusatory,  at Hindu fundamentalist groups in India.  

There is now incontrovertible evidence however that we were wrong.   And while we have to face up to this skeleton in our closet, it pains me to see so many of you still using my letter as some sort of defense to feed your own denial that this was our own boy from our own Faridkot.  The remoteness which to my mind declined the likelihood of this dusty village is probably the real reason why it is so.

We must face up to certain facts.  There are groups that will prey on poverty, illiteracy and real grievances of ordinary Pakistanis and pluck from them youth who will then be brainwashed into unleashing terror onto hapless populations.  No matter how legitimate one‚Äôs grievance or cause, it does not sanction violence aimed at unarmed civilian populations far removed from the cause itself.  This is the only real definition of terrorism if you ask me: every time an unarmed non-combatant civilian population is attacked, be it by insurgents or by a state force, it becomes terrorism. We must also accept that our experiment with Jehad in the 1980s has now become a Frankenstein monster.  I do not wish to belittle the sacrifices of the freedom fighters who fought for the liberation of Afghanistan from expansionist Soviet imperialism and totalitarianism.  The American led Jehad against Soviet expansionist tyranny was a bellum justum and we can be rightfully proud of it as a people.   After all,  it was one of the two successful such Jehads in the 20th century:   the first was when the great Gazi Kemal Ataturk raised the banner of Jehad and Muslim solidarity in Anatolia to motivate the Turks i.e Muslim inhabitants of Anatolia to drive out the invading Greeks from Turkey.   The major difference there was that at as a true patriot, Ataturk knew when to switch the Jehad button off.  The result was the first successful and modern secular nation state of the Muslim world.  Unfortunately, in Pakistan, our leaders and policy makers never got around to switching the button.  Their only countermove was to try and divert the Jehad to Kashmir but that strategy was only partially successful.

This strategy failed to liberate Kashmir but the Jehadis continued to be trained and funded by us.   It has become a bad investment with no likely future.  In the post September 11 world, these groups can only serve to discredit what is a legitimate freedom movement of the Kashmiri people.  We must realize that we live in a dangerous world where increasingly borders are irrelevant.    Our days of waging proxy wars are behind us.  The strategy of bleeding India with a thousand cuts has backfired. Lal Masjid, violence all over Pakistan and growing anger of militant movements out of state‚Äôs control are cuts that seep blood in Pakistan every day.   We must pause, cry halt and ask ourselves:  Is this what we made Pakistan for?

The idea of Pakistan always had detractors ‚Äď many across the border but some here as well.  We‚Äôve given them a lot to be glad about.   At the heart of the Pakistan idea was Jinnah‚Äôs idea of political and economic empowerment of the Muslim community.  Decades of military rule have made the former impossible and the latter is now becoming an ever elusive goal.  Jinnah spoke of a Pakistan committed to the ‚Äúwelfare of the masses‚ÄĚ where ‚Äúrule of law‚ÄĚ would prevail and ‚Äúlife liberty and religious belief‚ÄĚ of every citizen shall be fully protected. Indeed it would be the first priority of the state or so Jinnah thought.  

Today in Pakistan the life and liberty of every citizen is in peril.  Religious belief is not even an option any more.   As more Pakistanis slip under the poverty line, it is clear that Pakistan is not committed to the welfare of the masses other than the ruling elite and the few hundred thousands who make up its armed forces.   Instead of making a mess of things, had we honestly applied ourselves to the fulfillment of Jinnah‚Äôs vision of Pakistan, we would not find ourselves in the mess that we are in.   Had we worked for the welfare of the masses as the Quaid expected us to, Ajmal Amir Qasab would be an educated and productive member of Pakistani society instead of causing havoc and chaos in a neighboring country which inching towards respectability and whose success would deliver a large portion of humanity from the misery and terror of poverty.  If we are too lazy, selfish and dishonorable to put things right for ourselves, let‚Äôs atleast not disrupt the lives of hundreds of millions in a country that is making an effort.

In my letter to the Indians, I ranted about Indian media and its propaganda against Pakistan.  Now I ask myself:  Can we blame them?  I don‚Äôt blame them in the least.  We deserved every single bit of what we got from the Indian media.   May this be the sledge hammer for us to finally wake up from our deep slumber of ignorance and arrogance.

Jinnah’s Pakistan Zindabad

Humanity Paindabad

A fellow Pakistani

PS:  Kudos to Dawn Newspaper for courageously exposing the roots of terror.  At least one of Mr. Jinnah‚Äôs creations is living up to its founder‚Äôs expectations.

[ source: PakTeaHouse ]

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One of the Best Ads ever!

This came in almost two years ago during Diwali! I still love watching it ūüėČ


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World Population. India ranks #2!

Nothing to be happy about. Just some plain stats on how much more rubber ought be used in India and China!!!

Countries and Areas Ranked by Population: 2008
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Rank Country or Area                          Population
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1 China                                 1,330,044,605
2 India                                 1,147,995,898
3 United States                           303,824,646
4 Indonesia                               237,512,355
5 Brazil                                  196,342,587
6 Pakistan                                172,800,051
7 Bangladesh                              153,546,901
8 Nigeria                                 146,255,306
9 Russia                                  140,702,094
10 Japan                                   127,288,419
11 Mexico                                  109,955,400
12 Philippines                              96,061,683
13 Vietnam                                  86,116,559
14 Ethiopia                                 82,544,838
15 Germany                                  82,369,548
16 Egypt                                    81,713,517
17 Turkey                                   71,892,807
18 Congo (Kinshasa)                         66,514,506
19 Iran                                     65,875,223
20 Thailand                                 65,493,298
21 France                                   64,057,790
22 United Kingdom                           60,943,912
23 Italy                                    58,145,321
24 South Africa                             48,782,755
25 Korea, South                             48,379,392
26 Burma                                    47,758,181
27 Ukraine                                  45,994,287
28 Colombia                                 45,013,674
29 Spain                                    40,491,051
30 Argentina                                40,481,998

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Lehman Brothers chain reaction

A very interesting post and good insight into how screwed every economy in the world is. Nobody is safe!

Lehman Brothers closes shop

Three things happened this week that really show us why the current financial crises are so interconnected — with implications that will reach all corners of the market to affect us all — and at the same time so difficult to solve:

Let’s start with the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. The Wall Street bank had many liabilities that were insured. Even the rent on its London offices was insured against nonpayment.

The insurance company behind this was AIG. AIG also insures lots of other dodgy risks around the world. And found that its own balance sheet was in deep trouble because of it. AIG has now been bailed out by the U.S. Federal Reserve which now owns the company.

So now AIG must slowly begin to sell off its assets to pay back the loans. One of its most profitable assets is ILFC — the aircraft leasing company. ILFC is also the largest buyer of planes in the world and has more than 150 Boeing and Aircraft aircraft on order

Both plane makers are already struggling. Boeing has industrial strife and problems with its 787 Dreamliner. Airbus has also had problems with its A380 superjumbo and is enduring major restructuring headaches.

With both already reeling, cutbacks from ILFC could take their toll. Airlines will pay more for aircraft leases, some carriers will go out of business, with further job losses and passengers will pay higher fares.

From banks, to insurance, to leasing companies, to plane makers, to airlines, to travel agents, to hotel workers to you and me — workers in growing number of industries will feel the effect.
The connections just keep going on.

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