There have been quite an extensive discussions going on in Pakistan in terms of change these days. People are quite determined to change themselves in many ways. There is a big talk about political change. Our social fabric, communication systems, media, judiciary, public and private sector and most importantly, our mindset in general are experiencing change.
Generally speaking, as a society, we have been stagnant and accepted status quo as a chosen way. There was a student revolution back in the 70’s which brought us many changes. There were a few things which changed including our political system, and to some extent, media got its feet firmly on the ground. Then came the 80’s and freedoms of expression and speech were discouraged and any discontent and resentment were fiercely handled. In the 90’s, things slowly back tracked to the 70’s level, when politically people were free to voice their opinions. But that was still the period of infancy for our society. People were trying to learn to balance their opinions and not to step overboard too much. There could be several reasons and one of them could be to protect this luxury back in the society.
Either way, the society needs a way to express itself. This is like a pressure cooker. The cork of the pressure needs to be loosened if the pressure builds itself up. Otherwise, the pressure cooker will burst open.
Then came the new millennium decade, and things were still tight but media came around. This was again a slow process. Along came mobile phones and internet communications. Things moved along with time. It seems like, besides political parties, the society has again found its voice in the form of media. There are still certain things which are out of bound for media to express freely on the electronic media. The society also shows its support for media by taking keen interest and participation. The society has always been very involved in the betterment of the country. But it was hard to take command of the destiny of the country.
This time it seems like all the branches of the administration have submitted to the authority of the people of this country. That is why everybody is trying to please and wooing the society. I think this is a big change for us. The vibrant and dynamic media has made it possible for us to decide what is better for the country. The society shows it’s pleasure or discontent right away with text messages, SMS, phones, internet, live phone calls and several other ways to participate whether the authorities made the right decision or not. I think this is a very positive change.
I am positive that as we move along with time, we will see things happening for the better for the society and our country. We will make progress in our political system and other important branches of the administration. People will come around to see how much power they yield and what laws exist in our constitution for us. That is why, the realization of the fact that, the public, is the real authority in our country, will change things for the better.