Posted on July 10, 2007
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23 responses to “Inspiration Pakistan: When Ashiq Speaks, I Listen”

  1. Watan Aziz says:

    It is not that the Ashiq Mangs of Pakistan are cause of the problems.

    The problem is of the ignorant educated Pakistanis who continue to rob the resources and continue to blame the poor.

    One factor that no one wants to discuss while chatting about population growth is the infant / child mortality in poor communities due to lack of health. In a way, more children is trying to beat the odds of life and lineage.

    If there is a proper distribution of resources and health clinics all over, this will change. Jagan Nath had the right idea.

    BTW, “Ashiq Masih” worked “with” us. He was a few years older than I was. We played together too; wrestling, joshing, cricket, bike race and all. I used to call him, “Ishiq Masih”. Shy and one with few words. But always honest to core for both work and property.

    My mother treated him the same as all of us. Meals, clothing and all. I taught him how to write his name, etc. He learned how to drive a car with us. And when he grew older, my father arranged for him to work at the municipality, LMC. From there he went on to rent a richshaw. Then bought one, then two, then three. And then went on to buy a few taxis’. For a short while, his wife worked “with” us until he determined that she no longer had to work.

    I have since then lost track of him. Hope to run into him one day and catch up on days gone by.

    Last I know of him, he and his family were no longer doing what their parents did! So, yes, they broke the mold and created a new cycle of life.

    Ashiq Masih has always been a good example in my books for a good, hardworking, honest Pakistani, who paid his dues in his life and became successful.

  2. Shah says:

    @ Tina

    Couple of years ago I visited a local clinic in New Castle, Australia. While in the waiting room, I could hear the conversation between a group of women. One woman with two children saying “… if your first child is a boy, the pressure is off, else you have to …” All other women sitting there fully agreed.

    While in some societies families will content after two or three girls, in our society it keeps going…

  3. tina says:

    I would be cautious about thinking too highly of Ashiq Mang–after all he has had seven children in order to get one son, whom he hopes to educate….meaning he will not educate the six girls he has, they will end up illiterate like their parents. What will become of them? They will be married to laborers, themselves trapped in the cycle of having as many children as necessary to secure the desired sons. In this way the Ashiq Mangs of Pakistan continue to aggravate two of the country’s main problems, growing overpopulation and lack of empowerment for women. As we can see from his example they are related issues. If he had bothered to send the girls to school, they would not have seven or eight children themselves. But they seem to be far less important to him than his son.

    I had a friend who always told her male servants in blunt, plain language that they ought to get a vasectomy after their second child regardless of gender. She lacked something in diplomacy skills but I think her idea was correct. It was funny, she always managed to shock people. But she was a doctor and it was a subject that was very important to her.