Iâ€™ve been told to come up with an article after every two weeks. Itâ€™s been twenty days and my previous article is STILL on the main home page of the Quack online newsletter…thus I have come to conclude that nobody writes at all and Quack has quacked at last. So why donâ€™t people write? Maybe they have nothing to write about (though to tell the truth, neither do I), maybe they have other things to do (though playing table tennis and cards all day donâ€™t really qualify) or maybe theyâ€™re just plain lazy. Whatever the answer, the fact remains that Quack needs more contributors, and the laws of probability state that out of the 120 or so newcomers this year at least one should be able to write something. So oh new writer, where the hell are you?
While our new writer wakes up from his/her year long hibernation, Iâ€™ll look for something to actually write about. Letâ€™s start with a bit of news: Thereâ€™s finally going to be an inter-university debate at TIP but itâ€™s scheduled on a Saturday so we donâ€™t get to miss any classes. Sigh. The debateâ€™s on the 5th and rumor has it that the Annual day is on the 4th! Of course since itâ€™s a TIP-generated rumor thereâ€™s probably a 0.05% element of truth in it BUT if the Annual day is scheduled for the 4th of May that means that the next week is going to be very very happening.
The election fever will officially begin this Monday; I say officially because actual election fever begins the first day of the spring semester and students get nominated, un-nominated, harassed into nomination and then further harassed into stepping down throughout the semester. Itâ€™s a very interesting series of events and Iâ€™m sure if you look closely youâ€™ll be able to pinpoint future Nawaz Sharifâ€™s, Sherpaos and FazlurRehmans. Sadly we havenâ€™t been able to produce a Benazir yet, and I doubt we ever will. Till then we should appreciate Abeya.
So maybe Nawaz Sharif will win, maybe Sherpao, and maybe (Allah rehm kare) even Fazl-ur-Rahman; but before we vote for any of them why donâ€™t we try considering whether theyâ€™ll actually make a difference after theyâ€™re elected, and whether they really are the best candidate for the job theyâ€™re running for. For as long as the TISF has been around, the elections have been more a competition between the departments than a competition between the individuals. Scienceâ€™s will vote for a science-wala, management will vote for a management-wala and design tau khair kisi khaate main hi nahi aata. This year, letâ€™s vote for the person who seems like he (or she, though thatâ€™s a VERY unlikely situation) is actually worthy of the postâ€¦
But who am I kidding? This yearâ€™s election will be exactly like last years. And the year beforeâ€™s, and like all the elections that have ever taken place in the history of TIP. Sigh again.