Living Is Better Than Dying
So what next? Most of my friends ask me after reading about the acceptance of my asylum request in the United States. It is a very valid question. I think the most important task for educated young Balochs is to address the question of our distinctive Baloch identity. Who is a Baloch? If you are a Baloch and you have lived in the Middle East, Europe or USA, I am sure people will ask you after a ten-minute conversation, “but you don’t sound like any other Pakistani!”.
To me, that is the right time to tell the world that you are not someone who succumbs to hateful textbooks. You do not hate people because of the religion or sect they follow. You are someone who stands for equality among human beings. If you can’t correct a mess, don’t at least contribute to it. Let’s make it clear that we’d like to integrate with the rest of the world. Let’s not ghettoize ourselves when we are in the US or anywhere in the world because we do not believe in division of people on the name of religion.
For the Baloch youths, it is very important first of all to get out of the romance of ‘dying for my motherland.’ Why on the earth do we love to die? Let’s stop it. Let’s ‘live’ to help our people. Do you know those who live serve their people in a better way than those who die or get killed for their nations?
In the 21st century, you don’t have to shed your blood to serve your nation. You can achieve more at a lesser cost? How? Spend more time at conferences, seminars, meetings, think-tanks, presentations. Write as much as you can. Use Twitter and Facebook (but NOT With your real name if you are inside Pakistan or Iran—- koshanthey! [They will kill you]). Why do you have to shed your blood, when lectures, meetings with policymakers, professors, writers and journalists can do the whole job? When you stand for universal human rights, equality then be proud of what values you stand for. Don’t mince words.
A Baloch friend from Karachi, who is studying in China, rightly told me yesterday, “If you introduce Balochistan with 50 people in the United States, you have done a remarkable job.” If you don’t do it, people will never know that. Trust me, I have never ever been ashamed of calling myself a Baloch anywhere in the world because people instantly figured out, “Oh, so you are not one of those…”.And I am like, “of course, I am not. Are you crazy?”