The year 2023 started off with so much hope but it ends on a sombre one. The first quarter of the year was all about spring but very soon we saw our arts and culture moving into a drama of political and economic turmoil which unfortunately turned into the most contentious display on May 9 and the Jaranwala incident. If we want democracy, we must start by understanding that minorities are to be respected and peaceful demonstrations are to be conducted to strengthen democracy.
We also must commend our females who continue to shine wherever they are. Neha Mankani, a mid-wife from Karachi and AfrozeNuma, a Wakhi Shepherdess from Shimshal Valley, made to the BBC 100 Women list. Erica Robin is our first Miss Universe Pakistan. Sister Zeph was awarded the Global Teacher Prize. Naila Kiani and Samina Baig became the first Pakistani women to scale world’s 9th highest peak. Namira Salim became the first Pakistani to go to space. Mehr F Husain was the first female Pakistani to be shortlisted for the International Publisher Association’s Prix Voltaire award. And finally, Nickie to whom we pay tribute to for her dedication to the Pakistani fashion industry and for being one of Lahore’s most beloved daughters.
A special acknowledgment for the men in our lives who have had to navigate tough times and provide for families as the country has battled economic woes. Men who continue to fight the good fight and enable progress in Pakistan.
But in the midst of all celebrations, we must remember that all human beings deserve to live with dignity and respect. We extend our prayers to our brothers, sisters and children of Gaza. Let us cultivate more empathy and honour the life that we have been given for ourselves and others.
Mindful wishes its readers a happy Christmas and a blessed year ahead.
See you in 2024, InshaAllah!