By Rabiyya Abdullah, TDT 1
I pass by this route daily for TIP, and each day see things that make me feel sad, depressed, emotional, and guilty and make me realize how selfish I am, yet I do nothing.
I saw two little kids today sharing out of a thrown away theli of dried up biryani on the sidewalk. I saw a small boy probably two, begging a shopkeeper for candy and the man in return throwing water on the little boy to move him out of his shop. I saw a tiny girl of around four carrying a bag of rice her size on her head while older men glared at her with hungry eyes. I saw an old man hitting a boy half his size for breaking a bottle. I saw a little puppy being kicked and the men around laughing as it whimpered. I saw a mentally handicapped girl of about seven, covered in dirt, lying on the sidewalk alongside a dog and eating what the dog ate, and being treated like one. I saw men making obscene signs at little girls who were walking to school. I saw a homeless man sleeping on a broken bench, with only an opened up cardboard box covering him.
This is what I saw today. This is what we all see everyday. Yet we do nothing.
Korangi today has a very large slum of its own.
We applaud the makers of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and sing Jai ho!, but did we actually learn anything from it?
Criticizing, looking away or simply drawing the curtains may make the truth go away for a while but it doesn’t hide the reality, this is just the easy way of getting away from it all. Making a change is harder.
Giving up buying an LCD for the café, or buying phone cards or a really nice dress to help someone is the hardest.
Have us proletariats (the middle class) really become just as selfish as the bourgeoisie (powerful upper class) that all we see are our own interests, needs and consider only our gains? We are no better than the very politicians we cuss at. Maybe its time we changed and did something ourselves today, instead of expecting others to.