Letter to the Editor:
Subject: Rebirth of Quaid & Fatima Spirit:
It is very easy for all of us to criticize anything we could lay our hands upon! But, I must congratulate both brother and sister on their sincere efforts towards making Sindh festival a success. It gave a new vent to the political dynamics of the Chairman Bilawal Bhutto – where he took the lead himself to incorporate all elements of strategic planning right down to all aspects of event management.
I salute both brother and sister for leaving all the comforts of their domain in Dubai – and coming to Sindh to make it headlines by all means. I can well imagine their grandfather and mother smiling from skies upon seeing their flag carriers exhibiting true spirit of patriotism.
On the concluding day of the Sindh festival, Bilawal Bhutto delivered a “judicial rhetoric” speech making him a “leader voice” talking about the situation of country in realistic terms. When he stepped upon the podium, clad in white shalwar kameez, one could but not help in admiring the “Sindhi Ajrak” surrounding the podium’s opaque glass protecting the dynamic Bhutto from any guns and roses fanatic.
If I had to rewind years – I would vote for the spirit of Quaid in Bilawal and spirit of Fatima Jinnah in Bakhtawar. They played a pivotal role in struggling for the cause of independence – and indeed, both brother and sister did a commendable job in making the Sindh culture a source to renew the spirit of independence. Bilawal spoke about his dream to “march forward” to capitalize upon the richness of 5000 ancestral years of cultural heritage and moral values.
What was conspicuous about the 15 days festival that it gave limelight to Bakhtawar Bhutto - as she was seen standing by her brother’s side on all functions. Mostly other leaders are seen at various functions wearing a push attitude on their face and going to sleep at large gatherings. But the exuberance and genuine smile on Bakhtawar face truly makes her Fatima Jinnah in spirit.
Well done! I am really proud of Bilawal and Bakhtawar, as true exhibitors of leadership! I sincerely wish that they both keep “marching forward” beyond festivals towards “citizens’ empowerment”.
*** Political & Speech Analyst / Journalist