The latest video to go viral; ‘eye to eye’ by Tahir Shah, has been the subject of much ridicule and cause for entertainment on social media. After having a good laugh myself I began to wonder if there was more to it than just a poorly written, averagely sung and disturbingly performed song. Maybe it is a message intellectually too deep for us average intelligent individuals to grasp.
What if it is a satire on how in our society actual qualification is not a pre-requisite for being in a profession or even on a key post. Maybe the artist, if I dare call him that, was frustrated for how one does not need to have any expertise, experience or even basic knowledge of a line of work to be employed in it and maybe, just maybe Mr. Najam Sethi’s appointment as the Chairman PCB proved to be the last nail for poor Mr. Shah.
If this was the case, we can all get what made Mr. Shah take such drastic action and subject his fellow countrymen and women to such artistic torment. We hear you loud and clear Mr. Shah, it is criminally unfair that in our country professionalism is extinct, that by appointing and hiring complete non professionals to posts and jobs that require expertise, we have written the foreword to our own destruction. It is unfair that being qualified is not a merit, only being well connected or well off is. We have had Ministers overseeing departments with names they couldn’t spell. We have had Chairmen and Managing Directors appointed to institutions they knew zilch about. The result; utter devastation.
And let’s not put all the blame on this or any previous government – how many of us were given aptitude tests to determine what we may be good at? How many of us actually had a say in what career line we chose? As a result we have potential artists failing at science, potential scientists failing at marketing, potential businessmen ruining our political system and potential politicians vending fruit.
The use of money and string pulling to land unqualified individuals in places they don’t deserve to be in is not a favor to them, it is an injustice to everyone else. The consequent losses are unimaginable and this practice has to stop before we can promise prosperity. Thank you Mr. Shah, we are all aware of this grave malpractice and injustice but not all of us had the guts to highlight this social vice at the cost of humiliation and being mocked at. I know you must have had to let go of every last shred of self respect before embarking upon this ridiculously obnoxious project, you are brave Sir.