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People are talking about —

By Our Correspondent
December 10, 2023

— how rural development faces formidable challenges, hindering the progress and well-being of its communities, with limited availability of essential services like education and healthcare, while outdated practices, limited irrigation and a lack of modern technology, compounded by lack of proper roads and limited electricity, creating additional hurdles for economic growth, thus contributing to lower productivity and restricting the potential for prosperity among rural communities. People say if these problems are rectified, the country will never have a food shortage.

A farmer while spraying on crops. — AFP/File
A farmer while spraying on crops. — AFP/File

— how, in a fast-changing world, celebrating the culture of the different peoples who live here gives us a chance to pause and reflect on the vital need to preserve our roots, because embracing and cherishing our culture ensures an integrated future for generations to come. It is not just about wearing traditional dresses, singing songs, dancing and reciting poetry but understanding their significance, reminding us of the rich heritage that defines us and showcasing the diversity that make us a nation.

— the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an excellent document which enshrines the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language or status but is not practiced in many countries, including Pakistan. People say this ought to be a day, when we stand in silence for a few minutes and feel repentant at having collectively snatched all human rights from our poorest citizens from underage workers, to bonded labour and other suppressed persons.

— the strong rise in tech startups thanks to better access to technology, a young population and support for new ventures as the digital age has given a boost to people who want to start their own business and those who can, are helping by providing guidance and money. People are now taking risks and learning from failures and success stories in different areas, showing that the country is full of energetic and creative entrepreneurs embracing new ideas for a bright future.

— the frequent incidents of fire engulfing large buildings and how they have heightened anxieties regarding the state of fire preparedness to prevent them, underscoring the need for regular fire audits to mitigate risks and ensure the safety of occupants. People say a systematic evaluation of a building’s fire safety measures; assessments of fire detection systems; emergency exits; fire extinguishers and evacuation procedures to identify potential risks; compliance with safety standards and implement corrective measures will ensure overall fire safety.

— the escalating levels of violence and prejudice in our society which are impeding progress, with polarisation and division across religion, politics, culture and socio-economic status eroding unity and social harmony. People say this discord allows certain individuals to exploit others for personal gain, contributing to an atmosphere of intolerance and suppression, which not only leads to social unrest but also tarnishes the country’s image and nations only flourish when they prioritize a system that values justice, harmony, tolerance, inclusivity and coexistence.

— the sad fact that wasting food is a growing practice which is a matter of great concern. People say wasting food is wasting resources and it occurs at every stage of the supply chain, from production and distribution to storage and consumption, however, by being mindful of one’s food choices, planning meals and properly storing leftovers, one can help minimize waste and ensure that everyone has access to nutritious meals, so we must act against wastage and create a more sustainable future. — I.H.