“In time, good policies will make good politics.”
Those are the words of President Zardari, from his recent editorial in the Washington Post. He is speaking to the issue that the people and local issues are not being properly addressed by legislators; the hope is that in his determined quest to work for the common man, his efforts will lead to the people’s support.
The fact that the reality of local issues being essentially ignored by politicians is finally being addressed is a tremendous step forward. We have high levels of poverty, the worst kind being generational poverty, which cripples chances of success for children. We have a broken – even dangerous – education system that demands attention.
In a previous post here on New Pakistan , we called attention to the President’s focus on poverty and women’s rights. Taking on the fight to end poverty is not a political decision. We will not see results in time for any election. We have to understand and respect the administration’s courage in rolling up their sleeves to real, tangible issues in the midst of nonsensical and overblown attacks from political rivals.
Other news outlets have also taken notice. In an in-depth and informative article in The News International, Izzud-Din Pal writes:
“Promotion of economic welfare of people is an important objective which underpins liberal democracy… The horizon of the poor is usually confined to local conditions, to get justice from the wheelers and dealers at the regional and local levels. Politics of the left or of left-leaning agenda as well as trade union activities play from zero to negligible role in the country. These barriers can be overcome through a demonstration effect of a working liberal democracy, if the circumstances would allow it to function.
Concerning primary education, there is strong evidence to show that the social benefits of compulsory and universal primary education far, far exceed their social costs, as compared to higher levels of education. And in terms of the opportunity to inculcate national sense, no other alternative including the madressah can compete with what the free primary education can offer. Then why has Pakistan ignored this opportunity for the last sixty years? A short answer is that the present chaotic system suits the upper classes in the country.”
In order for our country to be stabilized and en route to becoming prosperous and peaceful, we MUST address the needs of the people. The leftists understand that we cannot go back to the way things were, and we must move in new, progressive directions. By working on our education and economy, we can definitely make strides in improving the quality of life for the ordinary Pakistani.
Acknowledging the devastating setbacks caused by terrorism, the President declared,
“When the history of our time is written, Pakistan’s decisions will be seen as a turning point in containing international terrorism. We are building a functioning society and economy. In the end, these sometime unpopular steps will create a Pakistan that sucks the oxygen from the fire of terrorism.”
These are national causes we must all support.