the ideology of a cancer cell” History will record the growth of various forms of ‘cancer’ in our society: the conversion of parks and playgrounds, the construction of grandiose projects on the remaining open spaces and beaches, the attempts to establish a ‘world-class city’ in Karachi, a city in which over half its population resides in katchi abadis, where a polluted and inadequate water supply is distributed, where 400 millions gallons per day of raw sewage is dumped into the sea.

The above quote from today’s article by AC coincided with my visit to Aga Khan Park yesterday. Passed by & for few minutes stood there watching it closely & I couldn’t help my self feeling helpless at its misery. Used to visit it when we were kids with our aged tayya. It was a park 3 portions with lush green grass, a beautiful fawara, trees here & there, enough to make it beautiful & then a small sitting portion with benches followed by a big ground & then again a small even more beautiful portion ( a mini park you can say ) for women & families. I used to play football on my own watching the makrani guys playing football & practicing.

Its deserted now. There is dust & soil instead of lush green. Buildings have cropped up everywhere. For how long this will stand before someone grabs it, I wonder. I saw a local Nazim something office inside, the fawara is dead. Hardly there were any kids playing even though it’s Saturday. I decide to visit it again to see if I can find any teams playing but the sight was a disappointment to say the least. For those who are concern, it would be beneficial to quote Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed from same article.

“Similarly it was also stressed very vehemently that the proposed project constitutes economic growth and will bring financial benefit to the country, city and the locality. In this behalf, suffice it to say that no doubt foreign investment is to be encouraged but foreign investors are not above the law and must conform to laws of the land and must necessarily also exhibit sensitivity to the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of the area. The learned counsel for the petitioner has rightly drawn the distinction between growth and development. The two concepts are not synonymous and all growth must be measured against the collateral damage accrued thereby. Even otherwise, growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell.”

4 Comments so far

  1. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    This reminds of the scene from “The Matrix” where The Agent tells Morpheus that the only other organism that behaves like invasive virii are Humans.

    “They destroy what they dwell on.”

  2. MB (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

    Who is Morpheus in this story & who is agent ?

    Cowasjee should definitely be one of above…lolz

  3. Adnan V (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 2:56 am

    yaaa the park used to be the way u mentioned before it was handed over to the loacal govt !!

  4. atif abdul rahman (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 2:54 am

    dont worry folks, there is a new *thing* in town, called something like bagh ibn qasim.

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