We are overly familiar with the term VIP. Everywhere we look, there are VIP signage’s like VIP parking, tickets, enclosures, entries, gates, seats, pavilions, security, hospitals, weddings, public events, roads and even VIP jails , nothing whatever is immune from the VIP effect.
VIP culture is on the rise and it is becoming very undemocratic, and promotes a new form of racism in our society. It is against the idea of equality as it makes some citizen inferior than others. VIP culture is not about the VIPs of the country, it is about us, the general public who gets denied the basic rights because certain authoritative people are making the wrong use of theirs. VIP culture has ruined the political and democratic system of the country so far.
Although Pakistan got independence in 1947, but its people are still socially and culturally slave to colonial traditions and customs. Apart from terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, and corruption, Pakistan is suffering from another serious disease, VIP culture. The common fact of VIP culture that general public has to face the road blocks and long traffic jams. It has become a frequent practice in the country to block the roads in order to assist ‘smooth and safe’ movement of higher officials and ruling elite. . It is common observation that people losing their lives due to VIP movement. The State/ Government spends billions rupees on arrangement of VIP protocols and security measures for our ruling elite annually. Such measures are being practiced in a country where 40% of population is struggling their lives under poverty line.
While VIP movements in a city, highways, roads and streets are blocked for several hours and even people die on the roadside without getting any medical aid and sometimes babies are born in auto rickshaws or die as a lack of access to any hospital. It has become common tradition, and yet, we fail to bring any change. It’s matter of daily routine that Ambulances are stuck in this traffic jam, Employees rushing to their work places and students have to reach their academic institutions for exams, also facing such panic situation.
It is need of the hour, we as a society, raise voice against this VIP culture. If we didn’t take courageous stand against it, we have to pay huge loss as a society and ultimately we couldn’t provide our future generations a better place to live in equality.
The VIP culture is no doubt a poisonous weed rapidly growing in our landscape, must uprooted on priority. The VIP’s should be treated like general public and there should no discrimination between general public and VIP’s.
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21 August, 2019