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Monday, May 26, 2008

After Cancer Hospital, Imran Khan building University: What about Indian cricketers?

It was Imran Khan's dream to build a Cancer Hospital in his mother's memory and we were all witness to the hardships he faced and the years he spent in collecting funds for the project, which he ultimately turned it into reality.

But Imran didn't stop with that and his next dream project was to establish a world class university in Pakistan where students of remote areas could study and get higher education. The University is now ready to start functioning.

The Namal University has been established in a picturesque location by the river side and amid mountains. It is already an associate institution of Bradford University and the idea is to develop it as the Oxford University of the East.

May be this sounds far-fetched but with the kind of faculty and the passion of this man, nothing seems impossible. But, it will surely be a place of learning of high standard, where the people of remote areas would get education, and they will also get scholarships.

What drives Imran Khan? Surely it is his love for his country, his people and his passion to do something good. Every honest person gets a feeling that the people who have given you so much love and respect, should also get something back from you.

Though as a politician, Imran Khan, may not have made a mark for himself as yet, he has shown his concern for the people and that he didn't join politics just for the heck of it. This is a lesson for everybody in this region of South Asia where health and education are two most neglected sectors.

Can't our heroes who earn millions ever think of such a project. I am nobody to put any onus on Gavaskars, Tendulkars, Kapils and the rest who have earned millions to pay back in some form. They may be doing charitable works but has anybody thought about humanitarian works at such a scale.

The celebrities do have an advantage over others. If they go out asking for money for a good project, innumerable people come forward to extend support in all possible ways from providing land to financial support. Shouldn't Indian cricket stars emulate Imran Khan?

The fallen hero of Indian cricket, Azharuddin got enormous respect until he got involved in a betting scandal. Couldn't Azza have better gone for a similar initiative. He didn't lack money and has the celebrity status.

But after his unceremonious exit from Indian team, Azharuddin, didn't go for establishing even a college or supporting an orphanage. What he did? He opened a Gym. Had Azhar got a little concern or vision for the society, he would have gone for something like Imran and that way the disgraced cricketer could have redeemed himself.
Alas, that's the difference!

6 comments:

!!! said...

Adnan Sahib

You must be kiddin!!!...

On the contrary, they may come asking for Tax sops for their restaurants, gyms and other businesses that they start... or other luxury goodies they get for themselves...

-ASIE

Ye manzilen !! said...

Awesome post A!

This is what I think and I may be biased in my opinion.

First helping others is a "blood thing", either you have that streak of serving humanity in you, or you are a just "khao - Khujao n Batti Bujhao" type...

Second, the environment you spend your time in. West, inspires common citizens to make a difference. Imran spent a considerable amount of time in the West and knows it can be done. Example: Sarfraz, Zaheer and Asif Iqbal are all from Pakistan but they too never did anything for the people that made them celebrity.

We in India still have that old mindset of half glass empty crap and we feel one man is too small to make a difference...

I hope it gets better if we wanna prepare the next generation to take on the challenges of tomorrow...

Adi said...

why just the sportsmen????
all of us need to do something for humanity. it is not only cricketers who need to give back, we do as well.

you dont have to be an ambani, tendulkar or khan to do anything. yes, the money does help but greater feats of humanitarianism have been done with far less.

all of grow up in society and it has a very important role in shaping who we turn out to be. so if you have enough to support yourself and your family and still have savings....guess what??? you are successful and hence owe something to society....so pay up!!

Javed Aziz said...

I must appreciate Imran Khan, at least he thinks abt his country and really Pakistan need such steps bcoz in pak. nobody work on defined role; from Journal Rule's country to Politicians kick out from country.

ishqia said...

imran khan has done a great job..
specially at this time when we can see people around getting more selfish day by day

amer said...

As a Pakistani I am really thankful to Imran khan for the cancer hospital and hope that university will be the Oxford of the East .inshallah
Thanks you for sharing
OTHER people should follow that path for the betterment of the mankind