Got your back Roshan Deen

ROshan_Deen_Haripur_2012 In the summer of 2012 whilst surveying entrepreneurs of circumstance in Haripur in Northern Pakistan I met a street cobbler named Roshan Deen,  he sat on a make shift plank upon an open sewage line, amongst all that darkness Roshan Deen’s attitude was brighter than any star in the Milky Way! one of the most content and joyous people I have ever met, sheer defiance in the face of his circumstances.  The experience lead to much introspection and questioning of my own machinery of want.

A little over a year later Peace Through Prosperity has re-visited Haripur and as of last week completed the mini-MBA program designed to help and assist entrepreneurs of circumstance like Roshan Deen to grow their businesses and build a better future for themselves and their families.

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A year on and Roshan Deen’s defiance has been beaten and his spirit broken, he has lost his spot, his health and his mojo!  it pains to learn and see such human spirit undone before us. All is not lost, Roshan Deen participated in our mini MBA program and I am confident team PTP over the coming few months will help Roshan Deen and the many others we are engaging with turn their fortunes around where they have taken a downward turn and help others find flight.

Roshan Deen we got your back…

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Roshan Deen was the face of our 2012 Christmas, Eid and New Year Campaign.

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Opportunism

A New Day Valley of Ait Ami

“…violent extremism is neither constrained by international borders nor limited to any single ideology. Groups and individuals inspired by a range of religious, political, or other ideological beliefs have promoted and used violence against the homeland.” Department of Homeland Security

Humble opinion… it is too inwardly looking by definition to be effective.

It should be about ‘our homeland’ not ‘the homeland’… (that’d be planet Earth ignoramus).  Recognise our community is global. (its been 50 years since he had a dream! and it was colourful ignoramus) Think of the many not the few. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Gain altitude in your view. Recognise the marginalised as such. Stop viewing the marginalised as alien threats that need to be neutralised.

Prevent. (and I don’t mean PREVENT – though well meaning our gov has botched up its implementation) Prevent radicalisation and you would not need to counter violent extremism or counter terrorism.

Preventing radicalisation has to be neither constrained by international borders nor limited to any single ideology.” Peace Through Prosperity

Prevent radicalisation by enabling the marginalised to have a fair shot at achieving prosperity to the best of their abilities in their own environment.  Do not try to fix what is not broken, help them improve upon what they have.

We started Peace Through Prosperity a little over a year ago to to do just that: Prevent radicalisation. We are not into countering violent extremism or counter terrorism because countering it means we let the opportunity to prevent it slip.

Its about how you view them and hence they you.

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Welcome to the resistance

I follow a few Jedi Masters on the Ether… in the case of one of them… tweets would often lead me to some pretty incredible tales of poverty alleviation and social development in the rock’s third most populous city… Karachi, a haven, a land of opportunity, the city of lights in Middle Earth, invaded by monsters… a slide that has been happening long before my time on the rock or as a transient resident in Karachi.

Poverty Alleviation It is the unassuming stature of a Jedi that makes him/her at one with the force! it is rare but not uncommon to find development leaders dedicate their entire careers and life to a single project, for Parween Rehman that was the Orangi Town Ship project… bringing hope to Asia’s largest slum and the millions of its underprivileged and destitute inhabitants.

Parween Rehman and her team must have been making a difference and nearing a break through for her life was brought to an unnatural and cruel end on Wednesday 13th March 2013 by extremists in Karachi not far from the Orangi township itself.

Whilst it is a great set-back for the poor of Orangi, Karachi, Pakistan and the rock; for many have and continue to learn a great deal from the Orangi Pilot Project, led by Parween Rehman and her team for over two decades.

But…it is not defeat, it is a tragic loss, a significant set back… For there are other Jedis waiting in the ranks, and many new ones are born every time the dark side takes one out.

I sense a dear dear friend affected and giving the sabre a long hard stare. Welcome to the resistance my friend, the force is strong with you.

#Karachi, #PovertyAlleviation, #Poverty, Orangi Town Pilot Project , #humanity, human rights, Winning Hearts and Minds, @BringPTP, #PeaceBuilding, #ParveenRehman, Peace Through Prosperity

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Against Genocide

We can play ostrich or we can blog, tweet, re-tweet, like, post, re-post, share, protest, sit-in or occupy.. whatever it takes to get our governments to recognise and react, to pressurise, persuade, coerce or simply take out tyrants that commit, condone, turn a blind eye to crimes against humanity in any crack, crevice or corner of the third rock. That is what it should mean to be a global community… collectively we don’t take shit being thrown at others like us… at home, in the next town or any other time zone.  Be it the Chagossians fighting for their right to return to their homeland in the courts of Britain, the Bahrainis protesting for representation in government, Syrians taking up arms against a tyrant, the shias of Pakistan clinging on to peaceful protests in the face of genocide being carried out against them. 

In Pakistan the educated shias are being systematically killed day in day out, the shia masses are being bombed, dragged off buses and shot, the only thing remaining is gassing them or putting them in giant ovens – the Pakistani government is undeniably inept at best or implicitly involved at worst, but the civil society in Pakistan is not far behind. Life is cheap, a minority’s life is cheaper still.

Those who know me know my views on organised religion will find it curious as to why have I started beating this drum.. it is simple… I protested against the Serbs in 1990s not for the Bosnian muslims or the Christian croats but for the people being butchered and our governments reluctance to jump into it (eventually the governments across Europe had to relent), I started Peace Through Prosperity for I do not see hard-war as the solution to increasing radicalisation on the third rock and likewise it is not the shia that I was born as but the human that I try to be that will not be a silent witness to what is happening with minorities in Pakistan, systematic culling to drive them out of the lands they were born in, live in and belong to. It was no different for the Jews in Nazi Germany, had I been around then I would have protested for them too till my government woke up, manned up, grew a pair and did something about it.

Regardless of our beliefs, religious badges that we were born with or wear of our own choosing If we stay silent we will witness bloodshed the likes of which have not been seen since the second world war. Three days after 100+ shias are killed in Quetta, a dozen odd gunned down in various parts of Pakistan, the government of Pakistan saw it fit to allow Malik Ishaq, a  preacher of hate to take to a stage and address a gathering of thousands in Karachi stoking flames of sectarian divide and hatred against the shia minority. 

Today it is shias, killing whom is fair game – road to heaven they say! tomorrow it will be Barelvis, Ahmedis, Ismailis, Hindus, Christians, Zorastrians… you and yours.

The most I can do is protest  and write to my MP Michael Fallon, engage other MPs I know or know of, and ask my family, friends and acquaintances to blog, tweet, re-tweet, like, post, re-post, share, protest, sit-in or occupy.. do whatever you can but do not play ostrich for this demon is not going away and none of us are invisible to its evil designs.

#againstshiagenocide #shia #shiagenocide #genocide #HRW #Amnesty

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