E’ un discorso tenuto da Imran Khan nel 2013, ci parla di come essere Leader e di come seguire i propri sogni. Dopo la morte di sua madre per cancro ha deciso di aprire un ospedale che aiutasse anche chi non poteva permettersi le cure.
Ha riunito i 20 migliori dottori di Lahore, 19 gli hanno detto che non è possibile aprire un ospedale per il cancro in Pakistan, solo uno ha detto che è possibile, ma non gratuito. Oggi il 75% dei pazienti viene curato gratuitamente.
Quando è entrato in politica la gente rideva di lui, veniva preso in giro, gli dicevano “sei troppo ingenuo, non sai come funziona qui”. Non si è limitato soltanto a dire parole incoraggianti ma le ha anche realizzate. Pure l’ultima visione di cui parla si è concretizzata , è stato eletto Premier.
Ok so I have to ask: thoughts on the whole priyanka chopra thing?
That’s an interesting question.
I think Chopra’s tweet was stupid because I think patriotism is stupid. I think it’s tribe mentality gone wild, I think it’s herd instinct on steroids, I think George Carlin got it right in 19-ninety-whatever and we’re all the poorer for not having paid attention.
l think the way Chopra dealt with the question from her Pakistani fan was cavalier, and, you know. Less than ideal.
Her fan’s accusation itself though - that’s more interesting. In the seventy-odd years since we gained our independence from the British - and I’m writing this as the clock ticks over from August 14th to 15th, which seems... something. - India and Pakistan have fought no less than four separate wars, and countless border skirmishes. We’re the only two nuclear powers in the WORLD who are locked in a permanent state of war against each other. All our nuclear missiles are pointed at them. All of theirs are pointed at us.
You know, the only reason the Cold War stayed cold was because of a mutual understanding, between the American and Russian leadership, that the cost of employing these weapons was too great. That understanding doesn’t exist here. India has a billion mouths it cannot all feed, and the Pakistani government funds suicide bombers.
We don’t fear the bomb. We just don’t.
Do I think Priyanka Chopra is capable of singlehandedly inciting nuclear war? No. I’m not insane. But the careless way she waved off that question IS emblematic of the worrying attitude a lot of people in the sub-continent share towards the nuclear threat. And with tensions coming to pitch near the border, that attitude seems even more dangerous now.
Which brings us to part three: the Pakistani minister calling for the UN to remove Chopra as an ambassador, and I really don’t feel like i need to comment on that, do I? I mean, it’s politics. It’s even smart politics, on the part of that minister, but if every UN Goodwill Ambassador was required to be what the media would surely deem a flag-hating, anti-nationalist, bleeding-heart pacifist son of a bitch, well then. The UN wouldn’t have too many ambassadors left, would they.
Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, Imran Khan, inaugurated on 18 August 2018 is a famous former cricket player and led the Pakistani cricket team to victory in the 1992 World Cup. His captaincy of the winning team made him immensely popular and a national hero to a country obsessed with the sport.
It was election day today here in Pakistan and I voted for the first time and the political party that I voted for is winning and they’re the ones who can usher in a new era and save my country from utter ruin and I am so thankful and happy and
"In western society, the holocaust is treated with sensitivity because it hurts the Jewish community. So that’s the same respect we ask for; do not hurt our sentiments by maligning our Holy Prophet (PBUH). That is all we ask."
“It’s nice how Wills still remember his time spent as a child with PM Imran Khan in the UK. He reminded him of how everyone laughed when Khan said he will be a PM and now there he is. It’s not everyday you meet a political leader who you have known since you were a kid!” - Submitted by Anonymous
I don't mean to offend you, but do you dislike North Indians? We are not that bad also. (*sings kya itna bura hu main maa?.... in the background*)
*snorting at the gaana* Draamebaaz. 😆😆😆
Warning: Impassioned rant incoming. But you asked, so… 😗😗😗
Of course I don’t just outright dislike ALL North Indians unilaterally. But I *do* resent the suffocating hegemony that the North imposes on “desi culture”. You know, how the run-of-the-mill “Indian” is seen as fair, vegetarian and Hindi speaking. What about South India? The north east? Bengal and Odisha? WE HERE TOO! 🙋🏾🙋🏾🙋🏾 We’re all Indians too! But the overwhelming perception is that the North is mainly “India”, while the rest of the country are just hangers-on/afterthoughts. In the matter of entertainment, I especially HATE that Bollywood is recognized world-wide as “Indian cinema” while all the other industries that are churning out INFINITELY SUPERIOR CONTENT ON A REGULAR BASIS are marginalized as ~~~regional cinema and doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. There’s a general disinterest and unwillingness to explore outside of Bollywood. Whereas every “Indian” is expected to understand Hindi and know/keep up with Bollywood. 🙄🙄🙄
Forget recognition and appreciation, when was the last time any other regions got ACCURATE, if ANY, representation in mainstream Bollywood/Tellywood itself? Nope, it’s all stereotypical caricatures mired in terrible accents and nonsensical regional mishmashes. But greaaaaaat care is taken to ensure authenticity in portrayal of the North Indian regions. You’d never see Garba dancing in a movie set in Punjab. You wouldn’t see people speaking in a Haryanvi accent and eating Daal Baati Churma if a show was set in Lucknow. But you *will* see Kathakali and Mohiniyattam dancers in a movie that’s set in Tamil Nadu/Odissi dancers in a movie based in Calcutta. All South Indians seem to be on a strictttttt vegetarian diet (pls note that the south indian states are the LEADERS in meat consumption in the country) of idli-sambaar (every time someone pronounces it “saaambur”, i lose 6 years off my lifespan 😫😫😫) or bizarre noodle-yogurt concoctions (WTF???? 🤢🤢🤢) when not breaking into Carnatic music and impromptu Bharatnatyam steps every now and then. Oh, and not to forget the constant punctuation of every sentence with “aiyyo!“ 😒😒😒 A National Award winner like Dhanush is derided as looking like a “rikshawaala”, while the most pedestrian-looking of North Indians with a six pack (and of course, a rich and famous daddy) can become a Bollywood hero, finding marginal to immense success. Consummate actors like Mohanlal and Mamootty (also MULTIPLE National Award winners!!!!) are ridiculed by North Indian masses for being chubby and looking like “uncles”, while bloody Salman Khan (ALSO IN HIS 50s, AND TRUST ME, IT FUCKING SHOWS) gets 300 crores on the first weekend for just showing his expressionless mug on the screen (don’t even get me started on how he just stands there like a fucking lump of goondha hua atta in Swag Se Swagat. LIKE, AT LEAST PUT IN *SOME* EFFORT FOR YOUR MONEY MAN!!!!!??!!!!!) Priyanka Chopra is chosen to don yellow-face to portray Mary Kom, because most of the North Indian public won’t come to theatres to watch an actual Manipuri actress play her. Imran Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, and Alia Bhatt are cast as Tam-Brahms and Preity Zinta is being shoved in my face as a Malayali. The biggest South Indian successes are taken and churned into shoddyass remakes, because not only do North Indians not wanna watch anyone but the Khans and Kapoors and Kumars, but there’s also the general attitude of “Arre yaaar, who will watch all this with subtitles and all???? 😑😑😑” The inherent regionalism and racism of it allllllllllll is just maddening to me.
Coming to personal experience, most North Indians I’ve met have a benevolently ignorant (if not downright derisive) attitude towards South Indians and the culture. If I had a rupee for every time I was called a “Madraasi” growing up, I’d be rich enough to be a damn Oberoi. When informed that Kerala is actually a whole different state, and also, not all Malayalis are “Malabaris”, the response is mostly “ehhhh, same difference, na?” (Similar to how North East Indians are largely seen as one single unit of “Chinese” people who happen to live within Indian borders.) I’ve had friends repeatedly ask me to translate Kannada/Telugu/Tamil for them, and being perplexed when told that those are actually entirely different languages from the one I speak. I’ve heard North Indians regularly complain that Tamilians in CHENNAI only speak Tamil and don’t understand Hindi. (Like ????? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 If you’re coming to visit/live here, make an effort to learn the local language instead of the other way round????? We don’t come to Delhi/Mumbai/Jaipur and speak to the autowaalas and shopkeepers there in OUR languages and then get mad that they don’t understand us????) From what I’ve noticed, there seems to be an innate unwillingness on the part of North Indians to acknowledge and educate themselves on the regions of the country that are equally, if not more diverse than the north (there are over 10 different regional dialects within Malayalam itself!!!!! I’m sure there are even more in Tamil!) while simultaneously placing the expectation on all others to just “know” things about North India and its culture. I don’t see any difference in this attitude of North Indians when compared to white people who think all brown people (whether they be Latinx, Middle Eastern or from the Indian Subcontinent) hail from one single, monolithic culture.
And thus therefore thence, the general resentment and side-eyeing towards North Indians on my part. It’s nothing personal, just frustration that’s built up from all these years of fuckery I’ve experienced. 🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️If you’re a culturally educated North Indian who doesn’t behave like the above, then obviously I have no issues. If you happen to be among those who have (perhaps/mostly unknowingly) behaved this way, then I’d urge you to take an interest and learn more about your own country’s diversity. There’s a whole treasure trove of unexplored and underrated cultures, that have infinitely more to them than just the inaccurate nonsense the mainstream North Indian media propagates! ✨✨✨✨