Saturday, March 24, 2012

Students, Politics & Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

by Atif Abbas
March 10, 2011

“IRW realizes the role students can play in the society and wants to effectively utilize their potential in context of research in politics.”

In our country, politics is second to entertainment though some call it dirty game but those who have been in power try to justify that they are public servants because public has elected them. In the whole scenario of election and representation, take a moment and focus on students, how and what role they play in politics. Insaf Research Wing (IRW) realizes the role students can play in the society and wants to effectively utilize their potential in context of research in politics.

Society & Politics

Organized and interdependent community is called society; our society reflects various colors in different shades of life – in natural disasters it looks generous, in praising it seems self-centered, in need of making a queue it seems impatient, in matters of wealth and property it looks materialistic, in representing own culture it lacks confidence, in promoting personalities its media chooses actors of other nations, in dealings it depends on foreign language, and in following norms it is after West hence, exhibit an impression of inferiority complex.

Art and science of government is politics whereas politics in our society has been a sport with no rules besides dishonesty and mud-slinging. Therefore, an honest man cannot think of politics because of the fear of being played by the opportunist hence a silent majority is being formed in the society. What impression does this expose on students?

Students & Politics
On thinking about students in politics, image of young men wrapped in flags with stickers on shirts, holding banners-placards shouting slogans, running on roads - riding bikes flashes across ones mind. Their energy and enthusiasm is commendable but there is lack of discipline, patience and ideology because they are in politics of a society, which lack these as violence is being exercised in daily life.

A student in politics knows how to make preparations for protest, riot and convention whereas s/he is not clear whether s/he is supporting a candidate on basis of his/her political stance or character, supporting a party for it’s leadership, manifesto and/or social development programs. This depicts generation(s) being prepared for the future.

Insaf Student Federation & Research Wing

Insaf Student Federation (ISF) has been coordinating different activities to gather students at one word, ‘insaf’ (justice) in this movement. They arrange membership campaigns, meetings, processions, discussions and protests; raise their voice on various issues wherever they can.

IRW recognizes the approaches by which a change in society can be brought through students. ISF can play vital role in Green Pakistan campaign and in conduction of surveys. By giving students training as enumerators they can be utilized in data collection phase. In this way, they can get introduced to surveys, interest may develop in research and in future they may contribute in IRW.
Therefore, students in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf can be utilized in initiating campaigns to create awareness in the society and in gathering public opinion; by this life can be given to concepts envisaged by IRW through ISF.