I ♥ KHI
A rip-off of the ‘I ♥ NY’, but effective nevertheless. This particular graffiti was pointed out by Saba and Sundas in a post on another graffiti appearing on the city walls.
This particular movement is called the Suma Project V: Loving Karachi. The founder of the project has this to say:
As a mega-metropolis in the world today, KHI must present herself as a dramatic, defiant, self-conscious, independent and nurturing mother whose beauty lies in the fact that she is so unconditionally loved by her inhabitants. “I LOVE KHI” is a means of appropriating the city for oneself, for ones family, as our own. First, there was the word; then it was just the writing on the wall.
For some, this may be nothing more than a bunch of rich kids from the posh areas in Karachi going around spray painting on the city streets, but I see it as a heightened sense of responsibility from a class of people who are accused of not caring about what happens in this country being well provided themselves. It also goes to show how more and more people are taking ownership of the city. It is movements like these that should come to characterize Karachi rather than being viewed as a city caught in turmoil and violence. It also provides a glimmer of hope for those who’ve given it up:
I LOVE KHI is not only for the melancholic, for those trying to swim upstream in their river of nostalgia; but for those who find themselves in the new KHI–a strong, self-affirming city full of possibility, attracting hundreds of thousands from other parts of the country; our only true melting pot, where life is currently knotted but charged. Karachi is drunk with business opportunities, tele-communications, internet and real-estate deals abound, the service industry has finally awakened and we are most certainly entertained.