The official meeting of the people who C.A.R.E was held on the 14th of February, a day where people care about themselves and sometimes that special someone, therefore it was a shock to see the turnover which proved that yes, people can come out of their self centered shells and actually C.A.R.E( no pun intended â˜º) about people other then themselves. The main reason for the meeting was to actually discuss various ways to make the environment of TIP safer, while simultaneously fulfilling our quota of community service. It was to make people want to contribute and give something of themselves to the society.
The meeting started off with Asim or rather Sir Asim trying to prove certain allegations made against the people who C.A.R.E, wrong. It was said that their endeavors are usually a rush with complicated ‘angrezi‘ being the sole way to communicate. In defense Asim released strings of complicated Urdu words that left me confused, but made an impact that left no doubt that everyone would be â€˜heard‘. C.A.R.E was providing a forum for everyone to give ideas and opinions irrespective of the language they wish to use.
In reference to the recent riots, as a result of the Bhutto death, and the 200 something people thrashing TIP, the people who C.A.R.E gathered to discuss ways that would prevent something like this happening at our institute again. At first the solution introduced sounded absurd, that instead of preventing it with the addition of security we should reach out to those locals that live in areas around the campus, and make them realize that we are not the enemy. But then it dawned on me that for the first time someone had talked about treating our fellow country men as humans, realizing that their retaliation was only brought about because they felt threatened.â€™ Retaliation and violence can be vanquished with love and careâ€™, that is what we need to understand. And instead of sitting around and criticizing everyone who isnâ€™t doing anything to make our country a better place, we should take a stand and learn to contribute towards the betterment, all the while keeping in mind that we are dealing with humans, and if we try to mess with them their instinct will force them to act inhumanly and perhaps do what they did to our institute.
Talking about ways to reach out to the community living near our institute, students came up with a lot of effective suggestions like medical camps and common prayer areas for students and locals so it is easier for them to interact. The teachers also actively participated along side the students. Lets hope that these suggestion are put into effect and a change is brought about, that not only will benefit our institute but also the community as a whole.