Saturday, 4 February 2017

A Poem By Faiz Ahmad Faiz - Sung By Iqbal Bano - Title is: Aaiye Haath UthaieN Ham bhi Ke Jinhe Rasme Due Yaad Nahi

By Sikander Hayat 

This is a beautiful poem by Faiz Ahmad Faiz in which he asks the humanity to come together, to leave our egos at the door, to go and conquer the stars, to make this world a peaceful place.  Faiz wanted us to stop wars and look at the stars and our place in the galaxy, this universe. We humans are nothing but a spec of dust among all the stars, planets, solar systems, galaxies and all which surrounds us.  Listen to this beautiful poem as Iqbal Bano has done justice to it.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Is Donald Trump A Nazi? Hate Against Muslims & Mexicans Reaches New Levels

By Sikander Hayat 

Donald Trump is behaving like a Nazi by banning people from a particular religion from entering United States. This is what Hitler did by targeting Jews living in Europe.  A whole continent is witness to the barbarity and senselessness of collective punishment.  In 1940s, United States was on the right side of history but in 2017, America is on the wrong side.  Jews of Germany, Poland, France, Russia, Belgium, Netherlands and other European countries suffered because of one man’s obsession with one religion.  Hitlerblamed all the problems of Germany on Jews and found them responsible for the ills facing Europe. 
Trump is dishing out same form of collective punishment toAmerican Muslims. Even people who have green cards and have lived most of their lives in US are being deported from airports.
Although American civil society is fighting back by challenging his arbitrary executive orders in courts of law and one New York district judgehas already given a stay order on deportation, Trump is pushing forward his agenda of hate crafted by people like Steve Bannon
On the other hand, he is building a wall with Mexico and has asked the president of Mexico to not to come to United States until he also brings  a payment of 20 billion to build the wall. In last few years, more Mexicans are going back to Mexico than coming into United States as 
Mexico’s economy is growing and doing better with the help of NAFTA.  Abolishing NAFTA will create economic pressures on Mexico and will result in more Mexicans trying to come to US to get the jobs that Trump will destroy in Mexico.
In first few days of his presidency, Trump has created somuch hatred against women (by signing executive orders on abortion), against Mexicans, against Muslims, against blacks (by abolishing ObamaCare) etc.  It is hard to fathom that this man is in charge of the most important and powerful army in the world. He has the codes to nuclear weapons and can annihilate the life on this planet and he is angry.

Today, Yemen was attacked by American Army who killed eight women, eight children while attacking alQaida. Women and children were a collateral damage to a war which is being fought in Arabia, Africa and Asia.  It is time for Congress, Senate and Judiciary to stop this man before he becomes an even bigger menace to the world. 

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Do You Want More Australian and Indian Immigration To UK?

By Sikander Hayat 
As per this story in BBC, Australia wants UK to open its doors to Australian immigrants in order for Mrs May to secure a free trade deal with Australia. Now as far as I can recall, the whole Brexit issue was about immigration numbers which stood at an influx of half a million people per year into UK. 
If Mrs May's conservative government signs such a deal with Australia or for that matter India (with India's 1.2 billion population ready to get on the next plane to UK), what was the point of Brexit and all the pain that country has gone through over the last year and will go through for many years to come. The main reason behind Brexit is an overflowing national health service, overflowing schools, overflowing roads, crowded cities without adequate housing and general lack of resources to accommodate a large number of people.

Any deal which ends up getting more people in to UK will be rejected by the people who voted to leave European Union and will be seen by a vast majority as a vanity project harking back to the lost British Empire. Elites needs to learn that ordinary white people are fed up with the globalisation experiment in which goods/services arrived first which were than followed by people.
There is a view in some quarters that generation born during the second world war and just after is not going to last very long in the future and when this happens, country's population will once again start to go into decline. Immigration now will soften that demographic cliff edge.
This may be true but what is happening now in terms of sheer numbers arriving in UK is stoking resentment in the native population. The South of the United Kingdom is simply full up. No places in schools, no places in hospitals, no places in housing stock, no places anywhere full stop. It is possible that UK can grant region specific visas which will allow the holder to live and work in certain part of country and nowhere else. For example, Scotland specific visas will only allow people to live and work in Scotland. The moment holder of such a visa moves outside the region, they will lose there right to work. The beauty of this system is that passport stamp can be examined by the employer to see in areas a person is allowed to work.
Any system can be gamed and abused and with some hard work, above mentioned system can be made to work. 

As far as the general will of the population at large is concerned, it seems that they want less people to come in if any at all. Granting countries like India and Australia a waiver will only aggravate the situations and inflame the passions. 
There is another problem which will become intolerable with more immigration and that is of Islamophobia. Most Islamophobic people think that every brown person is a Muslim and that is why when asked about the population of Muslims in UK, these people come back with numbers  which are hugely exaggerated. Any further  immigration from countries like India will make matters worse in this regards. Let's see what Mrs May thinks about this issue?

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2. What Will Be The Impact Of Brexit On British Pakistanis?

3. Great Britain & European Union – Do You Want Britain To Be Part of The EU?

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