Covering the area of Politics 3rd faiz festival organized a panel discussion on the topic “what is to be done? the left in Pakistan.” Dr. Asim Sajjad moderated the discussion while Jawad Ahmed, Abid Mir and Ammar Ali Jan shared the panel.
Unexpectedly a huge- enthusiastic crowd was present in the Hall who seem to be frustrated by the predominant mode of politics in status-quo. The discussion started with the question of possibilities of doing ideological politics (Left) in the context of prevalent political culture. Jawad Ahmed responded to this question, starting from the definition of socialism to his political background he ended on inviting audiences to join his new political party, Barabri (equal) party, while leaving the question unaddressed somewhere in the middle. Audience started whispering with each other implicitly declaring their discontent with the answer of Jawad Ahmed.
Moving on, Jawad Ahmed talked about student politics that students should also not participate in politics unless they reach to some meaningful position in their life, he also mentioned that all the misery in Baluchistan is because of the indulgence of Indian intelligence agency RAW and indigenous tribal system. Jawad Ahmed also spoke against working among farmers and trade unions. As he noticed whispers changing into loud noise he was compelled to mention the strategy his party would be using to organize people.
Jawad Ahmed quoted an interesting example from soviet union; in early 20th century after the invention of printing press the main source of communication became printing press and thus Lenin (leader of Bolshevik party that brought revolution in Russia ) led a movement against the despotic Tsar through printing press and accordingly the war was reduced to war of words. Likewise, in today’s world TV and social media has become the popular way of communicating with people. Jawad Ahmed emphasized that today in Pakistan the politics of left cannot be successful unless it makes an active presence on these forums.
Many hands were raising even before the floor was opened for questions & answer session and the brewing anger was evident from the faces of audiences but only three questions were taken but not one of them could be addressed properly due to shortage of time. People started walking out while Jawad Ahmed was singing a poem, lyrics of which appeared to be contradictory to his few moments earlier hyper-nationalist talk.
The active involvement of audiences convinced Dr Asim to call an informal gathering outside the Hall where Jawad Ahmed for unknown reasons could not come.
MediaBites Editorial: Mudabbir Ali & Imran Malik
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