Farewell Pinky …

December 31, 2007 at 9:40 am 2 comments

PinkyBenazir Bhutto
Daughter of the East
(1953 – 2007)

You either loved her or you didn’t, but one thing was for sure – you could not ignore her.

The death of any human being is sad – more so when it is a violent and unexpected death. What is most tragic, to my mind, is that she leaves behind 3 young children – 19, 17 and 14 years of age.

I did not know Benazir, nor did I ever meet her. However, she was a confident, self-assured individual who showed the world that this country has produced women who are dynamic and brilliant and who can hold their own on the world stage. Benazir could have made a difference to this country; she could have made a difference to the empowerment and status of women in this country.

I am sorry she is no longer amongst us. I am even sorrier that she had to go the way she did. For her supporters and her party workers, I have but one message. If you believe that she wanted to save Pakistan and turn it into a strong economic force where each citizen lived in peace and harmony and where democracy flourished, then honour her memory by fulfilling that dream.

This country has so much potential. We have so many young and vital people living in our midst. Let us give them the opportunity to grow and make a mark for themselves nationally and internationally. Let us all ensure that we create an environment that allows them to develop into happy, self-assured and wonderful human beings who can contribute to their country and the world at large.

Farewell Pinky … may your soul rest in peace.

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  • 1. Farewell Pinky …  |  December 31, 2007 at 10:44 am

    […] Farewell Pinky … The death of any human being is sad – more so when it is a violent and unexpected death. What is most tragic is that she leaves behind 3 young… […]

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  • 2. Vic  |  December 31, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Her passing is one of those rare events, in our neighborhood, which is not actually an attack on her for her gender, but on what she stood for ie the threat she posed to other powermongers.

    She certainly spoke about democracy, and I for one hope it was an honest desire – not that it matters now. But sadly, true democracy remains a pipe-dream, because it challenges the status quo. I don’t mean only in Pakistan, of course, even in the ‘great’ cradles of democracy, true franchise and participation in decision-making is a far far dream.

    In ancient Greece, an ‘idiot’ was a person who did not exercise her franchise. Coming to modern times, anyone who believes we are even headed towards democracy is an idiot – for we put our faith in leaders who have no faith in anything, and people whose only faith is in their wallets and the power flowing religiously from their guns.

    Tagore said, “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free….. let my people awake”. When will that dawn break? When will we remember we are one people?

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