“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something

to be ashamed of.”

–Confucius – 551-479BCE.

The chaotic and painfully entertaining politics of our country has made a huge portion of the urban-youth politically aware. Political participation has become crucial, and its denial can stir serious aggravations. But we often forget the existence of another type of participation - social participation.

The Pakistani society is gravely divided along economic lines. The ever-increasing gap between the rich and the poor has led to the alienation of both the classes, and the poor remain immensely disadvantaged. An occasion such as Eid is a good opportunity for one to assist the poor in social-participation. In an urban setting, where the festival demands elaborate celebrations and spending of money, the poor remain tightly tied to their economic hardships. This Eid, let’s play our part in spreading joy to those segments of the society, that perhaps need it the most.