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Growth as a criteria for future

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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch, SES, SPARC, FPAC

Is a future with further growth thinkable, plausible, imaginable,- or is it better to restrain oneself , and if yes, at the cost of whom would this happen.

So are approximately the widely-separated opinions about the future.

It is of course good and important to contemplate about the future. But this is quite difficult because there is no space available for understanding of realities. Clearly, the production of academic talent is industrial friendly and growth oriented. The parents desire a rosy future for their children. The magic word Education, as basis for a secured future, appears to be all popular for solution of all current and future problems. If everyone thinks and does in the similar way, it is of course positive, but it indicates how obscure time is. One almost feels like living in middle ages, about which it is claimed that religion replaced thinking at that time. If one could go into the time gone by, one would realize, that life then was quite normal. Analog to the present time is therefore valid: Education is the solution to all problems!

The borders between belief and knowledge are always disputed!

Fact is that what we know, we hear it so often repeated in the media, we tend to forget, that we actually know nothing. We believe a lot, but do not actually know it!

Out of this situation, it does not make any sense to quarrel about more or less growth. The times cannot be pulled-back and the often praised capacity for prudence may sound very good but it does not appear to be realistic.

The individual person moves through life on the strength of the thing called intelligence and always finds a reason for his deeds in order not to have any problems in justifying his position.

The best criteria for reasonableness here is the measurable materiality, specially the financial magnitude. If it tends to increase, so is it -according to understanding of haves and have-nots-, a sign for correctness of their dealings.

The discussion is further complicated by the belief in the concept of market which is supposed to regulate everything. A comparison according to Greek thinker Sophokles about the meaningfulness of democracy goes: it is imaginable in a collection of for example 200-300 persons!

Globalization is nothing new. According to our ancestors, the political thought, understandable but not excusable, was accepted in multiple ways. There it now stands and the error in thinking has distributed itself over time in all possible areas.

The instrument of stock exchange values is considered highly in the religion of economics. The memory of the human being is very limited and, similar to weather forecast, differences between theory and practices are quickly forgotten by majority of population, - for the contemplator, a special income generating measure, reason for new theories, which are then discussed in the society and time spend enjoyably. Violent disputes are unavoidable.

The simple knowledge, that material and immaterial growth must come from somewhere, appears to be too much to understand. The stock exchange prices represent the economy but not the burden, on which the progress and the growth is built. Capabilities are evaluated in relevance to business, which can only work, if their elements are recognized by the selected few and utilized appropriately. The unrecognized value is not captured at all. Were this done, so would the calculated progress of the captured value of the taken-away put in comparison to that, what the producers and doers are doing and make them understand the contradiction and senselessness of their actions.

Then what remains? – What is logical? – How should one proceed? There is absolutely no reason to worry! Most logical is, not to stop, rather let the growth take its course, because only catastrophes can shatter the belief. And, one must consider things long-term, for which the model of a Closed System is very helpful; as a closed system, we may use the example of a spaceship, which moves over a long period from A to B. material values here do not play any role! A big house, a new car, a yard, new clothing, etc, these values are not important. Reference to Utopia may occur, but they changes nothing in the existing reality, which now gives hope and creates new chances and possibilities, limiting repetitive discussions between growth and un-growth.

This is however another story.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Tuesday, March 24, 2015, , links to this post

Chillianwala Chase

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To-ing and fro-ing, at time zigzagging, in Punjab introduces to wonders and legions of what may be called middle ground of cultural fusion of the present Punjab. The area is gold mine for history seekers, spiritual and curious travelers. You may find much more than what you hear or read. It pays to get out into the countryside and talk to ordinary people. People of the area are eager to help – on their own expense - when you ask anybody. One finds volunteer 'guides' who were forth coming with wealth of information.


Situated near Mong, Chillianwala is a historic village that played an important role in the history of the South Asia. It was a battle ground where British and Sikh forces fought one of the decisive battles in the history of the Subcontinent in 1849. The quiet village has not changed much since then. Only slowly old agricultural methods are changing and tractors and wheat threshers are seen in please of bull driven ploughs. Painted double story houses are coming up where used to be conventional mud houses. Land is excellent with record carrying capacity and the display of seasonal crop is very powerful.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Tuesday, March 24, 2015, , links to this post

Dr Senta Siller is back in Pakistan after eight years

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Read  more here: Standing ovation for Dr Senta Siller

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Saturday, March 14, 2015, , links to this post

Making a Difference

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Recipient of Floriade (the Netherlands), Gestaltetes Spielgut (Creative Toys – German Toys Industry), Bundesverdienstkreuz (highest civil order of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) and many more honors Dr. Senta Maria Anna turns 72 on November 17, 2007. Happy Birthday to Dr. Senta Maria Anna – the honorable Mother of Dolls.


Dr. Senta Siller is an artist and designer by profession and volunteer by choice. The results of her lifelong research and experiences were put into practice in Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka -- a clay village of 200 households in the backwaters of Punjab that is now famous around the world as the Village of Dolls.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Friday, March 13, 2015, , links to this post

Chaudhry Norbert Pintsch

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Village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka - a cluster of mud and brick houses - looks like any typical Pakistani village. The fact is that awareness, community work and use of appropriate technology has changed the village all together. Influence from Indus civilization from nearby Harappa and modern techniques brought by use of appropriate technology can be seen in the village together.

The toys and handicrafts made in the village are on display in international museums, prestigious galleries and showrooms in Pakistan and abroad. Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka (TGD) got an international fame when village project Thatta Kedona (meaning toy from Thatta) was selected as one of the 767 worldwide projects presented in the "Themepark" at global expo in Hannover (Germany) as an example of thinking of twenty first century. The toys and handicrafts from TGD show how culture goes beyond simple work of art and becomes collaboration among applied and natural sciences as well as other forces that affect our lives.


Thatta Kedona is a project, first of its kind, in rural area where handmade quality toys are crafted using all indigenous materials and traditional designs based on cultural and folklore themes. The workmanship of the dolls and toys has acclaimed international recognition through their participation in numerous international events, exhibitions, fairs and displays. These toys are the embodiment of dreams, hopes and most of all self-reliance of the hands, which breathe a part of their own soul into them.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Saturday, March 07, 2015, , links to this post

Shifting Sher Garh

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An old sleepy and dusty village Sher Garh lies about 20 minutes drive away from Renala Khurd (Okara). The coins found at Sher Garh prove that the place was inhabited at the time of Kushan dynasty. Though “the name Sher Garh was given by the Governor of Molten, Faith Jang Khan after the name of Afghan King Sher Shah Sure,” wrote Abbas Khan Sarauni in his book Tarikh Sher Shah Suri.

On the old bank of River Beas, it is a typical Pakistani village where farmers live like rustics in the face of urban attractions. Even the electricity and telephone are a recent phenomenon. But the village has never been out of limelight. Besides heritage conscious people from all over the world, the village is venerated by a large number of devotees. Reasons, a massive mud fort and mosque which were built in the period of Afghan Sher Shah Suri. And, it is the last resting place of Saint Muhammad Ibrahim Daud-e-Sani Kirmani Bandgi. If one wants to absorb the sense of history, Sher Garh is a place to visit. Director Syed Noor has set his film Chooriyan in the background of this village. One has to possess a sensibility shaped in granite not to be moved by the village of past age that has not changed much in last 400 years. In the periphery few van (salvadora) trees, may be as old as the village stand witness to the bygone era. The village is experienced changed due to awareness about various things and agricultural advancements but at a snail speed.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Monday, March 02, 2015, , links to this post

Attitude Tourism

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Attitude tourism - to be distinguished from, say, adventure or seeing the sights - is generally not a particularly satisfying activity. Ideas and those who hatch them tend not to leave behind things large or attractive enough to ogle. So you may go to a place of great historic value but find nothing worth the visit. Lasbela tract is a case in point. Usually, you are left, if you are lucky, with a plaque or just an intrinsic thought. So I expected, more or less, nothing in Lasbela.

What I got was signs in lieu of plaques, hot wind, remnants of crumbling columns, and a long view of the undergrowth of thorny bushes, some wildflowers, functional Persian wells and rocky hilltops covered with camel and sheep droppings. It was all prosaic and quiet and yet real enough to propel me into another fit of wonder: I was driving on the tract where Alexander and Muhammad Bin Qasim had treaded.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Monday, February 23, 2015, , links to this post

Dr Senta Siller gets award in Cameroon

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Friday, February 20, 2015, , links to this post

Killer Mountain

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Nanga Parbat – [called killer mountain because more mountaineers have died while climbing it than any other mountain. It is also known as "Killer Mountain" because of the difficulties of reaching the summit] - is the ninth highest peak (8125 meters) in the world and second highest in Pakistan situated on the western tip of great Himalayan. Its face in the south called the Rupal Face rises over 5000 meters from the valley floor to the summit. After a German climber Hurman Bhul scaled it in 1953, many climbers have stepped on the majestic peak including Nazir Sabir of Pakistan. Many have lost their lives in this pursuit too. This is a story of an expedition with which I opted to go as a facilitator.


I have always been eager to visit mountains that lead me to join one expedition to Nanga Parbat as a local facilitator. I met leader of the expedition Adrian Burgees - a blonde foreign national with muscular, lean and tall disposition in the Ministry of Tourism Islamabad and instantly liked him. I was responsible to see that every thing goes smooth. Later, I was introduced to all other members of the expedition and together we tied up details for journey, rations, transportation and purchase of additional climbing gears.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Wednesday, February 18, 2015, , links to this post

Salt Range

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The Salt Range derives its name from extensive deposits of rock salt. It stands as remnant of forts with bastions and temples. Exceptionally, this region maintains an almost continuous record of history that can define the evolution of society. Forts and temples surviving along the range are a reminder of how untouched many of the ancient remnants are. Alexander from Macedon came to this range twice: one from Taxila and later once his forces refused to go any further from the banks of the River Beas. From here he marched towards the Arabian Sea on his way to Babylon. And, now an NGO is constructing the monument of Alexander near Jalalpur town in the foot of the salt range in district Jhelum.

For those who take their first chance to the area, the landscape all along the Salt Range is rock-strewn, lacking in softness and loveliness. In many parts, it becomes barren and uninviting. But, in truth the range is dotted with historical wonders, romantic legends, archaeological remains, and varying geological formations. Surroundings are very quiet. Urial is also found in the range though facing extinction. A journey along the range is exiting as well as informative.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015, , links to this post


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