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Its about few days back when I was at my friend’s shop (He is a wholesaler of Rice, Oil, and few other general items) . I was at counter to collect money from the customers when a lady of my mother’s age came there and ask for rice of 26 Rs/ Kg (which is now 34 Rs/ Kg). After having few words with her on Mehngai, I felt my hands shaking. Really its impossible for a person who works on daily wages or a light skill man ( referring to Mazdoor etc) to run his house in that little income. What do you think, is it possible for every man in the third world country to earn at least 10-15K ? How could it be possible for a country in which 45% of the people living under poverty line ( please remember the key word is under ) and the literacy rate ( a person is literate in Pakistan who can write and read his name) is 26-30% .

I have read this somewhere on net that its about revolution days of France when people gather in front of the King’s palace for protest. The king ask his fellows that why these people are shouting?? They fellows replied, they are hungry and they want breads which is unavailable. The king replied, why not they eat cake(these lines aren’t correct please provide correct wordings and I’ll edit it) ??? People who do not have to pay for the regular things can give these statements but what about those who have to pay for each item they buy.

In just 1-2 months every item’s price rises as hell. Cooking Oil (open) which was at 54-58Rs/Kg is now on 95-98Rs/Kg, on Rice, almost 18-25Rs/ Kg is increased, flour is on 18-21 Rs/ Kg (even we got extra production this year and that extra is in million ton), Petrol prices are likely to be increase, on nearly every general item 3-5 Rs/item is increased and the underground news is Sugar prices will go down for a few (100 Rs per 50 Kg bag) and after that 1 week they will increase (about 150 Rs per 50 Kg bag).

Who are these people who increase prices ?? Who can control them ( I know they are not doing their job but who are they actually?? ) ??? How will it stop ?? ………………………………………No Answer!!!!!

Its called Bae-Hissi in Urdu that people who can do everything, they don’t really care about it. One shopkeeper told me, Bhai yakeen karo jab se Pepsi (regular) 15 ki howi hai meri sale barhi hai kam nahin howi (Brother believe me, Pepsi’s sale isn’t decrease after its price goes on 15 Rs instead it increased).

Its my appeal to all of you that please think about it. Its all about you and your future. If you want things go better in your country then you have to do the right thing. Don’t wait for the miracle, nobody from outside will come to solve your problem, you have to do these things. Few years back, I read in a newspaper that in London shopkeepers increased the prices of Eggs, people stop buying eggs and within one week the prices got down even lower to last time’s prices.

Note : All figures written in this post are not 100% accurate.

19 Responses to “Appeal”

  1. 1 sarah
    November 26, 2007 at 7:36 am

    its all corrupt economics…

    to keep one rich man alive,
    you must kill 4 poor people

  2. November 27, 2007 at 12:04 am

    I am glad Sarah that you visited my blog and also thanks for describing whole post in just 2 sentences. Government take so many taxes that you can not remember each of their percent and when it comes to return to the people, there is nothing. You live in a powerful democratic country where people also knows the Quality of Life but my poor people don’t have knowledge about it and this is bcoz of our number of corrupt governments.

  3. November 28, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    point well raised Hassan, the prices of gas and other accessories will increase under this care taker Govt. as you will observe in the near future. You can talk or blog about such issues but you cant do no shit to improve such conditions 😛 your helpless like many others

    so, ‘Gussa peo aur maaar khaaao 😛 ‘

  4. 4 a s m a
    November 29, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Rightly pointed out. I wonder the same at times … its almost hand-to-mouth for a family who has an earning of around 10-15K … what happens to those who are getting Rs. 3-4K. They cant have education, no milk, no meat, no fruits. Rice, Pulses and even vegetables are so expensive now. Take a look at this expense sheet I posted few weeks back … it may not be cent percent correct but is not far from reality too. Common Man to Govt’s comparison is saddening. And rightly pointed out by Ammar, we can rant about it, and that’s it 😦 Self-constructive measures we can take at least.

    And the Queen Marie Antoinette is known to have said the “Let them eat cakes”, but it can be a fake tale famously related to her. Can be found here.

    Cheers 🙂

  5. November 29, 2007 at 1:31 am

    @ Ammar

    Yes I know its nearly impossible for me to change the situation but I can at least talk to this issue with my friends and relatives so that I could create little bit awareness (which I dont need to as it is a common thing)


    Thats what I wanted to say how could u live ur life in such a little amount where prices of goods are highly inflated. You can have a look of yearly inflation rate here
    (I am not asking you to believe this as it is provided by government)

    I read ur post in IMB earlier as I am a regular reader of KMB, LMB and IMB.

    Thanks for giving me the exact source of “Let them eat cakes” as I read it earlier but forget the source.

  6. 6 sarah
    November 29, 2007 at 2:24 am

    yeah well as you probably have heard several times before,
    in the past – constant fighting and reigns of EMPIRES
    the “world”/(superpowers) are trying to spread the EMPiRE of “DEMOCRACY”
    and empire other countries would not and DO NOT want to accept!
    and within this Empire of Democracy is a fight of poor vs. rich …

    In the past, power to control EXCEEDED power to destroy. It took less effort and cost to govern
    1 million people than to kill 1 million people
    Today, the opposite is true: power to DESTROY exceeds power to control. And means of destruction are becoming more accessible to EVERYONE.

    but we should be more concerned with the future…

    What I am trying to say is summed from this EXCERPT about the future…http://www.digitalnpq.org/archive/2007_summer/22_attali.html

    in developed nations, everyones always concerned with MAXIMIZING…utility, growth, income, production….WHERE IS THE DISCIPLINE?
    obviously neoliberal politicls and free market does not tolerate the questioning consumption, knowing that consumer society is erected on moral QUICKSAND. Should luxury items be produced using energy which OTHERS NEED for BASIC FOOD production? – Clive L. Spash (www.clivespash.org)

    or maybe some ideas from Patrick Hicks… who tries to connect and understand the reasoning for a lot of history in the past and whats going on today that will soon enough be history. this one is 6 pages long… but really interesting (http://www.brijit.com/content/search.do?type=searchname&keywords=Patrick%20Hicks)

    this article would better state some facts:
    you should read it if you get the chance… its only a page…

  7. November 29, 2007 at 2:56 am

    You gave me so many links to read and I will read them InshAllah ASAP for me and reply to you.

  8. December 4, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Many thanks for this post
    be-hissi – bilkul theek kaha aap ne..

  9. December 7, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Government regulated prices do more harm than help – in urban areas since the consumer is powerful. However, in the rural areas, the provider has more choices than the consumer hence a price ceiling theory might be beneficial for the poor. Consider this – a pack of biscuits costs Rs 10 in both – downtown Mumbai and some corner of Laddakh – while some celebrate this as a success of social economics, others (like me) disapprove. The government says that it is waiting for the markets to mature, but it will never happen unless they stop controlling it – its a vicious circle.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting:) You got nice stuff here.

  10. December 8, 2007 at 1:55 am

    @Raza Rumi

    Welcome to Alone in the Dark and thanks for commenting here.

    @—be-hissi …… I can’t find any other word for it and its true thats why it wrote it.

  11. December 8, 2007 at 2:01 am


    Welcome to Alone in the Dark.

    very well said in ur comments.

  12. January 9, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Children! Children! Now don’t get too upset about the situation of everyday items. There are some things we can rejoice in. For example the Rwanda genocides, the outbreak of AIDS in India and the homeless and jobless scenario is Palestine.

    Now I know rejoicing other peoples misery is not all that worth congratulating, but it does help us be thankful for all the things we DO have in our home country. So for once look at the glass half full.

    Because at the end of the tunnel, there is light.

  13. January 10, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Mr. Sheikh plz keep in mind that the policy of comments here are not to show ur dirty mind to every1. I am sorry that I had to edit the website information provided by you. I hope you will take care of it next time.

    Thanks for you comments

  14. 14 Indian
    January 10, 2008 at 2:40 am

    if Pakistan has to improve, dump islam first. Islam is what is keeping
    you backward and islam is the difference between Pak and India.

  15. January 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Mr. Indian,

    Its has nothing to do with Islam. Islam doesn’t make any1 backward rather it lights your mind. Islam is the difference b/w India and Pakistan and thats y the countries separated in 1947.

  16. January 11, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    To an extent I agree – Religion and State has to be seperated,

    and all religious activities be clamped and confined to boundries. Public hooting and disturbance to common people, traffic disturbance shall be treated under PPC.

    The Father of Nation Muhammed Ali Jinnah always highligthed in speaches, Pakistan will be an state where everyone will be free to practice as their belief and the fundamental law of Govt will be based on humanity as per teachings of Islam, Quran & Sunnah.

    Islam alone can not help us, – We shall be human enough 1st to look after people around us, charity begins at home,

  17. January 12, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Well my brother Jamal, let me tell you one thing honestly, if u will understand Islam then you will not say that Islam alone can not help us, – We shall be human enough 1st to look after people around us, charity begins at home . bcoz Islam is the only religion who teaches us to tolerate, to obey the rules, to live without disturbing others and yes Islam is the only religion who gives the idea of a society based on laws. The kind of ppl who misused these issues (unfortunately Muslims in Pak) are not above the law. Allah will definitely catch them one day.

  18. 18 M.R.B
    February 6, 2008 at 3:39 am

    If there is a way to prsent it pessimistically…. it’s yours! Instead of mentioning that PAK literacy rate has increased by 10% to now become 50% and our Povery levels have decreased by 10%. While our inflation is 7%.

    Whereas our literacy rate in 1999 was 37.8% and poverty was 34%, while inflation was around 5.6%. So we have improved!

    For your information only, all booming Asian Countries averaging 6% GDP growth are facing INFLATION, so its not something wanted or desired by the government!

    SAUDI ARABIA inflation 6.5% http://www.dawn.com/2008/01/18/ebr9.htm
    UAE inflation 12% http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=/data/business/2008/January/business_January772.xml&section=business
    CHINA inflation: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/01/business/worldbusiness/01inflate.html
    USA inflation rose by 50% from 2.5% to 4.1%
    INDIA inflation: http://www.business-standard.com/common/news_article.php?leftnm=10&bKeyFlag=BO&autono=311894
    BANGLADESH 11%: http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=14349

  19. February 6, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    1. so do u know what is the measure of literacy rate in Pakistan??? do u know what is the figure required for education system in Pakistan and for which Paki gov only pays 226 Million RS???

    2. and also do u know what is the measure for Poverty level in our country??

    3. Sauidi Arabia / UAE ….. okies…so how much wheat/rice etc they produce in their country per year??

    4. and for your information also our currency value is much lower also, Indian rupee is 1.40, Bangali takka is also high (dont know the exact) and Afghani Dollar is 1.15. do u have anything to say abt it??

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