Dialogue and Inclusiveness, central to democracy.


 

One early morning away from hustle and bustles of the capital of the county, a group of young minds left for enlightenment and comprehension of democracy in tranquil hills of Nathiagali in the wake of celebrating international democracy day .A three days conference had been arranged by SDPD (strengthening democracy through parliamentary developments) starting on 18th of September with the theme “Dialogue and Inclusiveness central to democracy”.

Each one of us is the product of our individual experiences, the environment and the available outfits of news, views, information and analysis chisel our temperaments. Likewise, I had my own perception about democracy whose canvas was confined to politics which in reality was not the case. The very first interactive session of conference dawned on me that                                                                                         “Democracy is not politician or parliament business but its people’ business; people regardless of criteria”.

I have had this privilege of attending other national youth conferences but this one transcended my expectations. This conference provided a distinct quadrant by virtue of which traits like tolerance, acceptance, plurality and inclusiveness stem henceforth curbing social menaces like radicalization and extremism within the crests of a society.

As the conference progressed , in addition to covering other associated phenomena, three basic questions “What, Why and How” central to democracy were addressed by the keynote speakers like, Senator Raza Rabbani and other adherents. This session had proved to be an eye opening for us in a manner that we went through the process of discarding the facade perception about democracy, ultimately learning the true meaning of democratic values and its effects on our daily lives. It is the name of tolerance, pluralism, respect for minorities and the ability to listen to your opponent views with intentions of understanding his/her position.

I observed a great paradigm shift among the attendees towards politics and politicians as Mian Iftikhar Hussain spoke on what it means to be a politician in Pakistan. The heart wrenching story of his only son martyrdom left everyone tear eyed which the price was paid by Mian Iftikhar for fostering peace through dialogue.

The point that a society cannot be flat since it is heterogeneous was highly upheld in this conference and stress was given on accepting diversity. It was mindful of the organizers to project diversity by selecting the youth ranging from Gilgat Baltistan through Karachi which also included minorities.

Before the event as the attendees were on a way to Nathiagali, I observed heated arguments among my fellows on ethnic and geographical background issues and one could feel provincial parochialism, unrest and huge communication gap impeding them from walking in one another shoes. As the conference ended, I witnessed a display of harmony, selflessness and nationalism among the same fellows. Change is not defined in words but through achievements. Coexistence observed among the participants who aimed to work in coherence to serve a national cause was the conference achievement.

Besides a great learning offered by the speakers; I ascertained from the participants but one name among them leads the rest. Qiyanoos , a young tribal who would work in daytime subsequent by nocturnal studies , managed to clinch 2nd position in SSC Board exams. He taught me curiosity knows no boundaries and hard work is dispensable of wherewithal.

This conference embodied a vision in me which will surface in form of initiating nurseries for democracy backed by the likeminded youth across the country.

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About me.


“what said zatty! my character is undefined? that is absurd. I am a guy,
 the hero every story needs a hero”

Zahid Masood at your service. Yes true, true I am the hero of my story which
 began on 21 of September  1992.Being youngest in my family I have always
 enjoyed the privilege of beingone. 
19 CHAPTERS( years) of the book of my life have been completed 
and ALLAH knows how many more I am destined to. I am living my life in  one 
of the famous city of Pakistan,ABBOTTABAD perhaps very famous.:) 
 yes AMERICA! I swear, I have nothing to do with it. 
 At present I am pursuing a career in Engineering. Yeah, readers put 
your hands together for me. I THINK SO I BLOG. :
Being fond of travelling projects my quest for different culture, people
 temperament, ideology and lifestyle. An insight to their way of life,
inducing and deducing results and then comparing it with others is one
 of my favourite entertainment hour. you may call me an extrovert but 
for a good reason. moreover I try to bring conflicting ideas of people
 living in a same community into coexistence and thus prevailing peace.
 When I asked my two close friends to define me in few lines, one said
 "You are mostly bent upon improving yourself, without giving up, 
without fear. That is the best thing about you". And the other said
 "carefree, loving and a very energetic person who is very stubborn 
and does whatever he wants". Yeah, in pursuit of knowing myself, 
a good contribution has been made by my college physics teacher who had
 said it to me a thousand times over "nikaame aaddmi, kabhe waqt par nahe
 a sakte"( you lazy man, cant you be ever in time). Yes, I am a
 procastinator and not punctual but at the same time i know the
 consequences of being so and this is why I am only  so in trivial matters
there is no fun in doing work in time but the real fun is in knowing
 you have to do a certain work and keep postponing  it untill you slip 
and hit a floor.So this is me and lets have a handshake, 
since we are friends now. Right? You are not sure,well lets fancy we are.