White House kitchen gar­den

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - HASHIM ABRO

Like many oth­ers in this coun­try, I have not been for­tu­nate enough to visit the fa­mous White House Kitchen Gar­den but umpteen times I have seen var­i­ous im­ages of these mul­ti­ple veg­etable gar­dens, emailed, both, by my en­vi­ron­ment-car­ing, or­ganic food and na­ture lov­ing friends from the US, and also by bod­ies such as Au­thor­ity Nutri­tion, among oth­ers. These unique gar­dens have in­spired all and sundry across the globe but at least not our par­a­site and prod­ucts of the con­sumer-cul­ture rul­ing elite, bu­reau­crats and tech­nocrats who live in pala­tial of­fi­cial res­i­dences.

Last month, I had an op­por­tu­nity to visit two of my friends work­ing as Com­mis­sioner and Deputy Com­mis­sioner in two dif­fer­ent Prov­inces. I could find a lot of space des­ig­nated in both the of­fi­cial ac­com­mo­da­tions to de­velop gar­dens, es­pe­cially, Kitchen gar­dens/or­chards but could not find even a sin­gle veg­etable or sapling grown there.It is only a vi- sion­ary leader Pres­i­dent Bar­rack Obama and charis­matic women like Michelle Obama and Hil­lary Clin­ton, among oth­ers, who un­der­stand, ap­pre­ci­ate and ex­e­cute the plans for de­vel­op­ing serene nat­u­ral beau­ties and boun­ties. It is only the mem­bers of the hu­man and demo­cratic so­ci­eties of the world who can un­der­stand the mean­ing and mes­sage of these no­ble words of Thomas Jef­fer­son.

“No oc­cu­pa­tion is so de­light­ful to me as the cul­ture of the earth, and no cul­ture com­pa­ra­ble to that of the gar­den”, not our rul­ing elite and oc­to­pus bu­reau­crats who only and only un­der­stand how to mint money and loot and plun­der the state re­sources where peo­ple die of hunger, mal­nu­tri­tion, con­tam­i­nated wa­ter, adul­ter­ated food and non-avail­abil­ity of medicines in the gov­ern­men­tal run hos­pi­tals, but what they need is the big lam­ousines, Land cruis­ers, Corolla GLIs, and not smaller cars like of Cul­tus or Mehrans. —Islamabad

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