Khwab le lo Khwab….. the cry of many an Andha Kabari.
That rings on the streets of Pakistan every morning and dies unheard with the setting sun each evening.
This country that was created on the basis of a religious ideology is now being devoured by religious ideologies. As with all things critical in life it is difficult to apply an objective standard and invariably subjective standards are applied and sides are drawn, resultantly people are divided, ideologies are divided, and the one factor that had united the people so many years ago is now tearing it apart.
Who is responsible? The faith or the followers? The tolerant or the intolerant?
How far or how short will the leash of tolerance or intolerance go? Today its THEM tomorrow it will be US. Its just the “THEM” and “US” that needs to be determined and ascertained before we are all painted black with the same brush.
As any sane person would ask what does this have to do with the poor Andha Kabari?
Our Andha Kabaris are the only torch bearers that remain today who remember the other fundamental reason why this country was created. And they are still fulfiling their thankless duty.
shahar ke goshon main hai
bikhray huwe bashakasta sar-burida khwab
jin se shehar wale bekhabar hain
ghoomta hun shehar ke goshon mai roz-o-shab
ke unko jama karloon
dil ki bhatti mai tapaoon
jis se chut jaye purana mail
unke dast-o-pa phir se ubhar aayaen
chamak uthain lab-o-rukhsar-o-gardan
jaise no-arasta doolhon ke dil ki hasratain
phir se in khawabon ko simte rehne dein
khwab le lo khwab
subh hotey hi chawk main ja kar lagata hoon sada
khwab asli hain ke naqli
yun parakhtay hain jaise
in se barrah ke khwab daan koi na ho
khwabgar main bhi nahin
surat gar-e-sani hoon bas
haan magar meri maeeshat ka sahara khwab hain
sham hojati hai
sham hojati hai
main phir se lagata hoon sada
muft le lo muft….
ye sonay ke khwab
muft le lo muft ye sone ke khwab
muft sun kar aur dar jatey hain log
aur chupke se sirak jatey hain log
dekhna ye muft kehta hai
koi dhoka na ho
aisa koi shobda pinha na ho
ghar pohanch kar toot jayain
ya pighal jayain ye khwab
bhak se urh jayain kaheen
ya hum pe koi sehar kar dalain ye khwab
ji nahin..kis kam ke
aisey kabari ke khwab
aisey nabeena kabari k ye khwab
raat hojati hai
khwabon ke palinde
sar pe rakh kar moon basooray lott-ta hoon
raat bhar bar barata hoon
ye le lo khwab
aur le lo mujh se in ke daam bhi
khwab lelo khwab
merey khwab.. khwab..merey khwab
But still there are multiple Andha Kabaris that are plying their wares on our streets and trying to wake up the populace and make them realise that this country and our people have so much more to offer.
That observing the principles of freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice along with the principles of democracy are the inherent right granted to every citizen of this country;
That each citizen of the minority community has the right to freely profess and practice their religion and to develop their culture and the state has to make adequate provisions to ensure their rights;
That Fundamental Rights, Equality of Status, Equality of Opportunity, Equality Before Law, Social Justice, Economic and Political Justice, Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Belief, Freedom of Faith, Freedom of Worship and Association are guaranteed to each citizen.
If all this and more is what we the people of Pakistan have given to ourselves in the form of our Constitution, than why are we silent spectators.
While the Andha Kabaris do their job of reminding us that this country has actually also been formed for ensuring that peoples dreams are fulfilled in a country free of prejudices and biases.
Lets keep the flame burning.