Corruption, WAPDA, Music and Other Things
By Ahmed Tabassum, our Ambassador at Aitchison College
“Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well”
There was once a time when people would peacefully sit at home, relaxing under the cool breeze of the air-conditioner running constantly for the whole day under scorching heat or cuddling near the gas heater during cold winters. Four years ago, Pakistan had something called electricity, gas and water the whole day. Today, we face something that is commonly referred as ‘resource deterioration’. If one can’t find the meaning of the term in the dictionary, (s)he can simply overlook the conditions of our country. A wise person once said, and I quote, ‘Na bijli na paani, bus khwari hai khwari’. This is what you get to hear from each and every Pakistani, left alone the ‘so-called’ democrats of our country. Pakistan has changed – high prices, more loadshedding than electricity, limited supply of gas and water. Come to think of it, the deteriorating conditions of Pakistan’s economy might take our country to what the ‘goras’ predict as broken and divided amongst our friends from across the border. We might just give up to international pressure and let the Chinese, Indians and Afghans decide who gets the biggest slice of the pizza.
Whats worse is that our population strikes back which only words and not actions apart from political protests outside Press Club or rallies. Recent events have seen the end of Pakistan People’ Party’s puppet pawn, Gilani as the Prime Minister and political turmoil have led to the election of the unpopular Raja Rental who has glued himself to the vacant chair that was once occupied by Gilani. Those who may not know of Raja Rental may want to assess the previous corruption charges against the latter as the Minister of Water and Electricity out of which his rental power projects have been known as his Achilles Heels. What is worse is perhaps his due promise of ending power shortages by December 2009 (where is my shortage-free country now, Mr. Rental?).
That’s it! The country we know will die soon! Wait, what is that I see? Is that the youth of Pakistan moving forward for a change? Yes that’s it! That is what this country needs right now! If one cannot pinpoint to where I am leading my statement, (s)he can see the popular Youtube music video, “Aalu Anday”, sung by the one and only, Beygairat Brigade. But today we will see another ray of hope through the new sensational Youtube video sung by the band Dhunn, ironically titled ‘Wapda’. While Aalu Anday refers to the political instability in Pakistan, ‘Wapda’ refers to the ever-growing depletion of resources in Pakistan, namely electricity, water, food and gas. Unlike ‘Aalu Anday, ‘Wapda’ is the latest trendy hip version of the viewpoint of each and every single one of the Pakistanis.
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‘Wapda’, in my view, is one of the signs of an upcoming Apocalypse, where our nation will be cleansed by the dirt we forgot to clean four years back. Youth has taken over! Says this song, which has grabbed the attention of 7500 youtube viewers and fanatics in just 3 days! The song begins with the general lines which are somewhat common, “Light gayi, Light aayi”, which points out the constant power shortage in Pakistan. The boyband Dhunn, with thousands of supporters on Facebook, consists of brothers Aadil Mushtaq (on vocals) and Rahil Mushtaq (the guitarist, at least in this song). Their latest song, ‘Wapda’ is a fusion of Hip Hop and Rap which has a modern young generation beat within.
What I’d say is that the song is a big hit, after the ever popular Aalu Anday, which has shown a new style of singing and has intricately given its message of frustration over WAPDA (Water And Power Development Authority) and the impact of resource depletion and insufficient production of power across the country. If Pakistan was not doomed before, it is now, and it is this Boy Band song that has shown to the youth what we ‘Naujawaan’ are made of. If the corrupt were not worried before, they should be. Songs like these have been known to be a starting point for an evolution, and if ‘Wapda’ can start a political Apocalypse, then conditions can (and should) improve.
Finally, as a final advice, support Imran Khan! And definitely listen to this song if you still have not. And listen to it again! Better would be liking and sharing it amongst your friends, or even setting it as your caller tune. Spread this song as much as you can; who knows what can happen.