It used to be Voice of America, not Voice of Pashtunism
Ethnocentrism is not just discrimination; it’s also demoralizing and soul-damaging. Afghanistan is home to many ethnicities, cultures and languages. Leading such as country needs honest and faithful politicians and role models. But what we have been going through since the removal of the Taliban regime is extremely disappointing. The Taliban were illiterate and backward. It was not hurtful when they used to discriminate against people based on their differences because the Taliban were not expected to be humanistic by outlook.
What we witnessing today is unacceptable. People who grew up in the Western countries, received higher education in best universities there and enjoyed equal rights as the natives of those countries with no discrimination based on ethnicity or religion, but after their graduation, they return to their tribal lifestyle and misuse their education in ways to bring down others and hijack their civil rights.
One pathetic thing about the government of Afghanistan under President Karzai that is unmatched to this extent by any other such government since the founding of modern Afghanistan is its Pashtun ethnocentrism policy. The Infamous Pashtun Ethnocentric Revolution started from the ARG of Kabul to every governmental bodies and foreign founded agencies such as Radio Azadi (RFE/RL) Voice of America, the social media and every possible forum. If I start talking about Pashtun supremacy ideas in the past 10 years, then I may need a hundred pages to enumerate my complaints. But I am escaping and coming to my points as I mentioned on the subject of this article.
Lately Voice of America Radio service in Afghanistan has emerged as a propaganda tool to promote Pashtuns at the expense of people of other ethnicities. The service is totally dominated by Pashtun people. Their works are extremely monitored. For example, whenever there is a talk show, they don’t give non-Pashtun callers a chance to express their ideas. They have their own selected experts who analyse everything based on the interest of Pashtun policy. They invite people who think non-Pashtun people are refugees in Afghanistan, who are to be treated as second class citizens. On social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, they praise Pashtun officials but slander non-Pashtuns. They always avoid any negative reports that are about high profile Pashtuns in the government but highlight reports of any non-Pashtun minister being accused of corruption or land-grabbing. A criminal is a criminal. Why one is honoured and another one denigrated?
In Ashna TV, both in Washington DC and Kabul, most of the Farsi news anchors are Pashtuns who don’t know the language well enough to be speaking it on television. What do you feel if a Spanish news anchor with an heavy accent read the news in English for you? What would you feel about your children growing up speaking mother tongue in an improper fashion?
The VOA Facebook page posts this image with a short note saying ‘No Explanation;. It’s a picture of three non-Pashtun leaders who happened to be opponents of President Karzai and everyone knows who they are. The focal point of this picture are bottles of drinks, though it is unclear as to whether these drinks are alcoholic beverages. In any case, this is not the Voice of Taliban Radio, it’s the Voice of America Facebook page, so why is it shocking to see people drink?
This doesn’t bode any good for the image of the United States in Afghanistan. This station represents the US in another country and it shouldn’t be a propaganda base for a single ethnicity.
Note: I request our blog readers to forward this article to the board director of VOA. It would be nice if we let the American staffs know about this issues.