I swim in a small pool which has great depth. This small pool of thought is made up of retired Brigadier, wing commanders, and senior (retired) military leadership from Pakistan and India.
This is part of our thread today regarding education as a means for opportunity:
” Do we debate like parliament or act ? That is the challenging posture…
I got the two daughters of my servant maid admitted into DR MGR college for women at Adyar. The eldest daughter into MSc micro biology course. the younger one into Bsc computer science. I myself went with the servant maid to the college and spoke for them. i took them to the Bank, drew cash and paid, as for some strange reason the college wanted in cash.
My next task is to find part time employment for these two girls, so that they can pay off this interest free loan on monthly basis without straining their mother whose earning capacity is limited. This is to make them take life seriously and work hard. I had told them if they do well in studies, i will refund 50% of the loan at the end of the year. But they must get above 80% in all subjects.
i have also told them that i will buy their dress and books….
i have told them to come to my house for guidance on subjects, method of studies and to develop communication skills.”
An additional member of this rather exclusive email list stated, “They want ‘Three Cups of Tea’. This is not what we want.”
America will continue to use her alphabet agencies as venues for influence pandering across the globe. Financial aid (USAID, etc.) is used as the carrot on the stick to bring struggling nations into models of global policy compliance. Unfortunately, a disproportionate amount of funding ends up in the wallets of the very leadership which has put the hurt on the citizens. America is happy to open her coffers. The private Swiss bank accounts of corrupted leadership swells with the funds diverted from the hands of the poor.
The Last English Prince has invested in the future of Pakistan for many years now. For a season, funds were sent through an NGO to assist widows and orphans. Funds are now provided to pay the tuition of a university student in Lahore, Pakistan.
The impact of personal investment in one life is a model which I embrace. One hundred percent of the finances goes directly to the one in need. In this case, my investment goes to a young man named Farman. I will always work for the good of the Muslim community. But by the same token, I will work to deconstruct the essential elements of Islam which make it unworkable as a model of governance. These elements continue to erode the edges of our democracy.
Democracy wins the day. And in places like India and Pakistan, individual citizens are making tremendous contributions to the future good of their own nations. This is being accomplished through an investment model which identifies one individual with one overarching need. That need, is invariably access to education.