Saturday, 21 May 2016
Sadiq Khan:Another thing to love London
"Today was an amazing victory for hope over fear and for unity over division – and it simply would not have been possible without your help."
This was the latest tweet by the newly elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan who bagged triumph against Zac Goldsmith.I don't need to bother about the fact that Zac is Brother of jemima and ex Brother in Law of Imran Khan,Chairman Pakistan Tehreek e insaf.
London has always been a hub of culture, civilization and trendy trends.It's worth mentioning that First traffic light signal was installed in London back in 1868 but sadiq Khan's victory installed another political light signal for world to follow.
In a Christian but secular community Khan's wins over Goldsmith enlightened the world with a new political reality that Religion which is almost the most sacred and identity pointer for anyone falls on a stony ground when it comes to London.
Zac Goldsmith a tall smart multi-millionaire guy apparently was a much stronger candidate than Khan,a Muslim,Not so rich,with a humble background but Zac forgot one thing,This is London,a land of people from diverse culture and background not drenched in hatred which ZAC was proliferating.He was playing religion card against sadiq that didn't stimulated intellectual cords of the masses.
And what we need to grab from all this is sense,Sense regarding how to elect and whom to reject.Can we simply imagine son of a bus driver and more importantly from another religion becoming mayor of a capital in this hate torn society we call "Land of Pure" and pretty recently we saw in our neighborhood,Narendra modi a man who worked at a tea stall becoming prime minister of India.One can say that Modi won due to hate factor against Muslims and not due to his TEA selling factor but on the contrary,opinion polls refer ZAC Goldsmith's defeat due to the same hate factor he sold against sadiq Khan.Londoners rejected his ideology against muslims although they are still recovering from wounds of 7/7 Bombings which were allegedly done by some radical people who called themselves muslims and remember Sadiq Khan was Member of parliament that time from tooting. Zac also wrote an op ed titled " Are we really going to hand the world’s greatest city to a Labour party that thinks terrorists are its friends” but his effort to link terrorism with Muslims proved futile.
We in Pakistan need to borrow this openness,the freedom to vote sensibly,rationally and more consciously in an effort to make this society an epicenter of tolerance.More importantly Americans need to grab their part of wisdom from this London election as they are all set to elect real estate mogul Donald trump as their president.Though he hasn't grabbed the final lead against other moderate candidates but he is surprising the world regarding his fair margin victories in a cultured society like America.Trump also vowed to ban entry of Muslims in America once he becomes president.Another racial comment was about constructing a wall with Mexican border so infact Americans need to know that hate factor isn't going to take them anywhere,performance and prejudice are incomparable.Being a current super power with an extremist mindset president like trump would be a threat to the world.
We in pakistan need to be more tolerant.Instead of borrowing only fashion from England ,we need to Mortgage these political values and realities against our filthy corrupt ethinic culture.Sadly,had he been in Pakistan with opposite religion to mainstream one,he wouldn't have been a deputy councillor even.
Thumbs Up London,Felicitations Sadiq Khan