Pakistan a nation of 160 million People has in real 34% of its Population that is much higher then the Government figure is 24% living below the Poverty line but precious little seems to be done to Address this imbalance.Even more the fact is that Government Figure do not Recognize the Growing Urban-Rural divide.
This Issue is Directly link toward Country Tax Structure,with the Majority of the Revenues going into coffers of Fredral and Provincial Government,which forcing the Local Bodies that have the wrestle with the Poverty Issues to plead with these Authority for more money.The debate over this issue has been going on for years”.
The government says that the number of people living below the poverty line has dropped significantly in recent years from 34 percent of the population in 1999 to 24 percent today.As in the case of many other developing countries, the government uses an income yardstick of a dollar-a-day per person to define poverty. But this is a very misleading figure in Pakistan’s case.
“For one thing, there has been a sharp decline in the rupee’s value against the dollar over the last 15 years. Back in the early 1990s, a dollar was worth around Rs.30. Today, it is worth Rs.90. So, when one says that a person’s income is a dollar a day today, it translates into an income of Rs.90 rupees a day.
Common men now expecting alot from Election 2013 and hoping for change in their current worst situation to better situation.
Holi, the Hindu festival of color, is being celebrated across the country. Hindu Community celebrates Holi in their neighborhoods, smearing colored powders and throwing water-filled balloons at one another on this Colorful and joyful event, Photo By Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Holi begins on the eighth day of the new moon and ends with the burning of the “Chir´, which was installed earlier, on the full moon day. The festival revolves around mythology of the demon king Hiranya Kashyapu ordering his sister Holi ka to sit on a fire with Pralhad, son of the demon king and a devout follower of Lord Bishnu, in her lap so that Pralhad would stop chanting the name of the Lord.
The catch was that Holika wouldn´t burn in the fire because of a boon she had received from god. But it so happened that Holi ka was burned in fire while Pralhad remained unharmed and came out of the fire chanting the name of god.
From then onwards, the festival has been celebrated by smearing colour in delight. Elders believe that any premonitions can be avoided if “Tika” made from the ashes of the ´Chir´ is put on one´s or kept in the house.
Originally Shiv Varun Dev Mandir on the Manora Island (Karachi), Known as Prem Sagar now, the name given to the Hindu temple, overlooking the water has been under repair for the past 6 years after it was handed over by the navy to the Hindu Council in 2006 but instead the work doesn’t seem to show and the Mandir seems to be deteriorating even more, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
The yellow-stone and tiles of Shri Varun Dev Mandir on ManoraIsland are crumbling and shaking. The temple’s guardian for the past five years, Kishan, explained that the labourers not only removed dark green tiles from the temple but also tried to ‘fix’ the yellow stones with their hammers. Before the laborers, it was the illegal occupants who broke the different sets of tiles at the temple, the pink floral ones, and the ones in yellow and green hues. In 2006, the Pakistan Hindu Council gained custody from the navy and managed to remove the encroachers. Nevertheless, the hotels around the temple still continue to serve fried fish.
The ongoing construction work, which started six years ago, has taken away the beauty of this heritage. Wooden planks are placed around the temple, while nets block certain areas from visitors. The main gate was sealed shut with concrete stones and branches, and now a dingy lane leads to the temple.
The damage done by the illegal settlers can be seen even from a distance. Shiv’s statues on the gates were broken and the tiles have been removed. A plaque saying that the tiles were presented by the Seth Kimatrai Seth in 1937 was broken as well. Inside a small room, Kishan showed the deity of Shri Varun also called Jhoolay lal.
the last ritual was held in the 1950s, Some unplanned brick works for guard-walls started suddenly and stopped unreasonably shows the utter reluctance of the concerned authority to destroy this heritage Hindu shrine from this world for ever.