There has been a vicious cycle that has gradually become a norm in our political dynamics. Every political party that comes to power has fallen into the same rut. They initiate their own development projects, flow immense capital into them, and make them their focal point.
Though there is nothing wrong in initiating new developmental projects, the real problem is in making them the focal point, blurring everything else in the background, including the initiatives their predecessors took.
Throughout the world, the freshly appointed governments tend to head into their own direction but that does not normally subside national interests. Take India for example. They have shown considerable maturity by not confusing personal venom with national interests. Their orientation towards becoming the ‘next Silicon Valley’ started years ago under a different leadership but under the same set of principles followed by successive governments. These set of principles were not some complex economic agreements. They were in fact mere understanding of actual politics — and not the politics that is driven on half-cooked Machiavellian principles; not the politics that leads political leaders rushing to cut ribbons of half-done projects; not the politics that willfully slows crucial projects just to make a point that they never worked in the first place.
The line between our dos and don’ts has definitely gone blur (or was there ever a line?). We saw multiple inaugurations of the same Orange Line train. We saw the Safe Cities Authority, a state-of-the-art project, roiled by vacuum of funds lost somewhere between finance and home department of the Punjab government, leading to a shutdown of several cameras across Lahore.
There is a dire need to realise the complete lack of health-related facilities in the country. A dire need to cry halt to the petty politics of momentary self-benefits over the people’s interest
With the musical chair for the prime office continuing and a new PM in the house, seemingly the trend is not to shift much. However, projects, especially the Health Card initiative, must not be lost in oblivion. There is a dire need to realise the economic fragility and the huge national capital that has already been invested. Masses ending up with nothing in the end except another failed promise, would not serve anyone. There is a dire need to realise the complete lack of health-related facilities in the country. A dire need to cry halt to the petty politics of momentary self-benefits over the interest of the people. Keeping in mind that old habits die hard, but there is nothing wrong in hoping.
The coalition government must realise and set a sole precedent. They must realise that the people are not to be punted aside by the glib talk anymore. They understand the rhyme now. They see through the curtains of sombre political maneuverings. They have been the victims of such brute politics for too long now. Therefore, the office holders must realise that the people, who brought them to power in the first place, end up suffering the most and not their political opponents. And now it is time that the people are no more the victim of such politics.