Typical of us Pakistanis, we try to bend over backwards and literally sell their souls to please any gora-skin (white skin) person. Just recently the Grade 11 textbooks were about to get a new insertion of a unique poem that was meant to shower additional praise on George W Bush (of all people). Whatsoever was the motivation for this puzzling twist, we remain stunned beyond belief as to which nut-head thought of this clever trick.
The Board of Education inserted the poem titled “The Leader” which literally has made a mockery of our education standards. It ain’t surprising that the entire world feels that the 43rd President of the United States remains adamant at making a mess out of his 8 years in office but somehow our Education Minister seems to think otherwise, to such an extent that he feels that this poem deserves to be taught in High School.
Luckily a full retraction has just been issued by the Education Ministry (Whew!!!) Read the entire poem below. Note the highlighted First word of each stanza
BBC Website | Karachi Metblog article
THE LEADER by anonymous
Patient and steady with all he must bear,
Ready to meet every challenge with care,
Easy in manner, yet solid as steel,
Strong in his faith, refreshingly real.
Isn’t afraid to propose what is bold,
Doesn’t conform to the usual mould,
Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight won’t do,
Never backs down when he sees what is true,
Tells it all straight, and means it all too.
Going forward and knowing he’s right,
Even when doubted for why he would fight,
Over and over he makes his case clear,
Reaching to touch the ones who won’t hear.
Growing in strength he won’t be unnerved,
Ever assuring he’ll stand by his word.
Wanting the world to join his firm stand,
Bracing for war, but praying for peace,
Using his power so evil will cease,
So much a leader and worthy of trust,
Here stands a man who will do what he must.