Christian Long

Asher Hasan: Message of Peace from Pakistan

In TED Talks on April 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Reflection by ADAM K.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Asher Hasan:  Message of Peace from Pakistan

Pakistan is a relatively new country.  It was formed only 63 years ago on August 14th, 1947 from the western and northern territory of India. Pakistan is very small with a population of 169,214,500 compared to that of India with 1,179,449,000. Although it’s a small country, Pakistan has the sixth largest army in the world while India has the third largest Army.

Why?

Pakistan’s and India’s army are so huge due to threats with each other and the taliban. Tensions between Pakistan and India are very apparent to the citizen’s of their respective countries. The borders between the two countries are heavily guarded on both sides. Once when I was in Pakistan, war almost broke out, with jets and soldiers mobilizing, but fortunately a war did not occur. While both of these countries have great armies, they also have great poverty. In India and Pakistan, poverty is a big issue in the urban and rural areas. There are poor children at amusement parks selling stale popcorn and old women in the stairwells in some of the urban shoping centers begging for money and food. Life for the poor is like Slumdog Millionare without the happy ending. Asher Hasan is trying to change that with his company Naya Jeevan or Newlife in english. Whose purpose “is to rejuvenate the lives of millions of low income families by providing them with affordable access to catastrophic health care. Indeed it is the emerging world’s first HMO [Health Mateinance Organization] for the urban working poor. ”

Pakistani’s and Indians need to set aside their differences. Instead of spending money on weapons and troops between the border, the two countries need to work together on helping the poor.

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