Jamshoro, May 10, 2018 (PPI-OT): All world cultures serve as a bridge that binds humanity in one single string of what we know as global community. Love for one’s own and other world cultures symbolizes man’s essential nobility and universal consciousness- Pakistan is a bouquet of cultures emanating sweet scent that floats far and wide. Youth are the chief exponents of cultural identities and prides, hence, there exists enormous need to enhance in youth cultural awareness to popularize and perpetuate this most invaluable of human attributes. However, exploitation of cultural nuances for personal and political gains could be highly detrimental to societies, where it may be done in the given vein.
The above views were expressed by noted scholar, writer, cultural activist and former Executive Director ‘Lok Virsa’ Islamabad Pakistan Dr. Fozia Saeed in her erudite talk on “ Promoting Cultural Activism: Challenges and Opportunities” at Pir Hissamuddin Rashdi auditorium of Institute of Sindhology, University of Sindh, Jamshoro. The lecture came as one of the series of lectures organized from time to time by Institute of Sindhology under “Sindh Studies Lecture Series” at its premises.
Ms. Fozia added that our society also tended to project many a negative social trend were, in fact, rather “a-culture”. Such practices included ‘honor killings, exaggerated talk’, ‘extravagant weddings and other such malpractices. “In our blind materialistic rush, we have but forgotten to live happily. We need to stop and take thorough stock of things,” she stressed.
Ms. Fozia also recommended that various ethnic communities in Pakistan celebrated one an others’ cultural festivals to foster socio-cultural harmony. “Intelligentsia, civil society and scholarly groups in Pakistan should realize their role towards creating culturally tolerant milieu for Pakistan to prosper,” Ms. Fozia insisted. Ms. Fozia bemoaned non-existence of cultural policy in Pakistan despite lapse of 70 long years and demanded it be formulated forth with.
Earlier, Ishaq Samejo, Director, Institute of Sindhology extended welcome speech and shed light on the program aims and objectives. Renowned writer Niaz Nadeem graced the occasion as Chief Guest. A large number of faculty, students, non- governmental organization activists, civil society representatives, scholars, writers, and intellectual elite participated in the program.
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