There is a tremendous difference between the activists of the likes of Manzoor Pashteen and the so called feminists and liberals.
While Pashteen dons his distinctive cultural shalwar qameez with his signature cap and half clads himself in typical black chaddar, He loves to talk in his mother tongue or in Urdu rather than haplessly imitating and trying a foreign accent of a foreign language and throwing around tantrums with all the talk nothing more than ‘like’, ‘you know’ and ‘yeah’. Probably, to him, speaking in verbose terms and trying at explaining a simple thing or phenomenon in complex manner and somehow linking it with Che Guvera and Lenin is simply a futile act – what should matter is not how you say a thing, its what you propose. Getting your message across is all that matters.
Pashteen can be seen as very humble person, that is, he doesn’t try to look down upon or despise people merely because they ask him questions about which they are oblivious or have limited knowledge, and he loves to clarify to them what he stands for. Also, if one watches his shows, one can infer right away from his manner of talking, breaks the answer in easy wordings, and presents to you in layman’s terms.
He might not have the charisma like that of a celebrity leader but he is one of a sort. He has successfully propagated his message across the whole country, especially among the Pukhtuns – and all this despite the fact that mainstream media has been reluctant in giving him a fair coverage, for which he and his friends devised the strategy of communicating with all the supporters through social media. He has gone to far flung places of Baluchistan, to some agencies of FATA wherein he has been particularly successful in rallying people despite, as mentioned earlier, the mainstream media plug. This clearly demonstrates the power of his words and his message and that it rightly reflects the sufferings and agonies of the people that he rallies.
Manzoor Pashteen has travelled to Lahore as well, where he met with students of universities like LUMS, which reflects on his part, that he doesn’t stand against the other ethnic segments of the country, rather he wants to gain their support to successfully achieve his objectives and rightful demands.
On the other hand, we have our so called Liberal and Feminist lot, that predominantly comes from the elite class of the country, who most probably never had any problem with the so called ‘Khana garam karlo’ kind of acts, or had any sort of discrimination in their families and most probably in the places where they live, study, or eat. In spite of this, they come out on streets, holding placards that clearly reflects their sick mentality – the one that is full of misandry and female jingoism. The problem, is this runs against the very fundament of Feminism.
The other issue with these so called Liberals is poor priorities of the issues that they want to address, most probably because their brothers and sisters in-creed in the West lead marches, organize movements and propagate their message, – all they want to do is to copy them, trying their best to reap some fame and name rather than focus on the issue at hand. They love mocking around a religious figure, terming little madrassa students as ‘little ISIS bots’, and hating almost everyone with a beard, and saying ‘People have gone to Mars, launched rockets in space, economy is worst of all time, debt touching the skies’ but when it comes to their priorities, they be like ‘lets talk about Menstruation Cycle, that is what we so desperately need to talk about and spread awareness’.
Moreover, Since they come from the top elite class of the society, they usually gather not more than fifty to hundred people at best to protest against an issue or lead a campaign. This is because their priorities don’t correspond with the majority of the people of this country. Also, they love to show up in very funky shape and shade, leave parlors after they have been transformed into white cakes, as they have to give interviews to the media people, to whom they try to explain their issues in a not so very simple way just to give them an impression that they know so much about a certain thing. Besides, they don’t know anything about struggle and leading a movement or how to protest, the best the can is to organize a candle light vigil for the sake of a photoshoot to be published in the media.
These are some of the basic differences that make me fan of such people as Pashteen not the so called self-appointed and self-proclaimed liberals and messiah for the downtrodden lot of the country.
*Note: This article might be controversial to some as it is to me. Some of the readers might think of Pashteen – as do I – as the proxy of Afghanistan or at best playing in their hands but that shouldn’t matter as we should see what the person is talking about, not what or who he is.