The 3rd of October is Germanyâ€™s National Holiday. We celebrate the reunion of the two separate states that developed after World War II. The Berlin Wall once separating families, friends, a whole nation and in some ways even the world, is now merely a historical site; a monument, reminding us of our past and our fortune. Germany is one again. Its society is an entity.
Pakistan in my opinion faces a similar dilemma as Germany once did. Pakistan, yet not by a physical construct, is divided into many pieces socially, economically and psychologically â€“ the rich and the poor, men and women, the educated and boorish, people from the cities and those from the country. In one way or another, there are two Pakistani states, one being a Developed Country, the other being part of the Third World. People from underprivileged backgrounds face harder difficulties: they are practically not equal, chances are not evenly spread- but reserved to those who were born into wealth.
In one way or another, there are two Pakistani states, one being a Developed Country, the other being part of the Third World.
I know that the words I am writing are unfavorable, but they are as much a part of my Pakistani experience as the friendships, which I gained. They are as much a part of my Pakistani experience as the laughter I shared, the views I adored and the food I relished.
Germany, after more than four decades of separation, suffering and inequality got its chance to be one nation again. We are still working on the equality of all people and there are local differences within the states of Germany but we are on a good path.
I wish the same to Pakistan, that it overcomes its differences in society and tears down its barriers, giving everyone the same chances.
Just imagine: The one person, who would be able to cure cancer in born to a family of modest means, therefore is not given any education. It is not our fault in any way, that the world is the way it is. But it is our fault, if the world stays the way it is.
24 years ago, it was my parentsâ€™ generation, who changed the Status Quo in Germany. Now it our turn; it is our turn to have an impact, to change the game and the world we live in.
There are no limits, your actions can be as little or as grand as possible: A butterflyâ€™s wing might create tiny alterations that cause tornado.
I know â€“ it takes time.