“Without research and innovation there can be no revival of Pakistans economy”, was the gist of what the CEO of Gul Bahao had to say at a seminar held at the The Federation Of Pakistan Chambers Of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) . The seminar entitled “Shaping Pakistan’s Capital Market”, was organised by the Karachi Stock Exchange to announce the amalgamation of all of Pakistan’s stock exchanges into one. The program was largely attended by brokerage companies and businessmen generally. Nargis Latif was in fact committing on the comprehensive speech of the MD Karachi Stock Exchange who had painted a very rosy picture of what the economy would be like in 2016. In a highly charged manner, Nargis said that she wished what Mr. Naqvi said would turn out to be true, but “Where is the spirit of entrepreneurship?”, Referring to our businessmen as hidebound, she said there is overall a lack of creativity and research. “There is little or no connection between industry and university, she lamented”.
Nargis said our businessman must take risks, he must not be bothered about what people say. Giving the example of the Chandi Technology ( a research product of Gul Bahao) she said it is made up of clean waste. Any businessman knows that waste is a relative term, that much of urban waste, being raw material for industry is sold at a premium. But she lamented how many of our industrialists would like to venture into unchartered territory by taking up a new venture like the Chandi Technology. Giving the example of the steam engine, Nargis said it was a teenager who discovered it in a very unconventional manner. It was precisely this which brought about the industrial revolution of Europe, she concluded.
There was pin drop silence throughout the time the CEO of Gul Bahao spoke. Soon after the participants of the seminar crowded around the stall put up by Gul Bahao projecting its Chandi technology, the latest edition in the world of research and innovation.
The 29th and 30th NOVEMBER are invariably among the best days of Karachi-balmy,(nights can be quite chilly though) cloudless weather,ideal for any outdoor exhibition.In this case “Karachi’s gift to the World” a Mega Event jointly put up by Gul Bahao and the Commissioner-ate Karachi at the Karachi Press Club. The “Gift” in this case was the Chandi technology, the latest addition to the world of innovation. Gul Bahao has been presenting its Chandi Technology in different parts of the Country so what was new about this exhibition?. Given the fact that the world is being increasingly filled with all kinds of breathtaking ,exotic, innovations does the Chandi Technology stand a chance?The Chandi Technology has seldom failed to impress the onlookers by its captivating looks but this time the onus of assessing it and publicising it lay squarely on the journalists associated with the Karachi Press Club.The people of Karachi were on the streets campaigning for who would rule them for the next several years. In this scenario Gul Bahao a small NGO was vying for attention for what it claims is a major breakthrough!
The venue was the parking lot of the Karachi Press club which was filled with cars and motorcycles which would only be cleared after midnight to allow the exhibition to be put up. Journalists (although few in number) who had been keeping track of Gul Bahao’s performance for the last several years helped to raise the morale of the workers and the organizers throughout the two days. Some even went to the extent of criticizing fellow journalists and the general public for not paying due attention to this “great venture”. Nargis Latif the organizer of the event related the kindness of a certain journalist working for a well known T.V channel. At the unearthly hour of 3 in the morning when Gul Bahaos workers were shifting 100 kgs weighing columns this journalist offered his services for any kind of help. The workers were longing for a cup of hot tea in the chilly night. Despite the fact that shops were closed at that time the journalist managed to get piping hot tea for the workers.
The exhibition was to start at 10 a.m Sunday morning.A number of stalls sponsored by ABAD, WWF and a few others had to be put up.A hall 15ft x 23ft as well as a water reservoir 15ft x 35ft, a room 10ft x 12ft while the number of workers was only 6! It is true that sets for film shooting are put up in just a matter of minutes.But these exhibits were meant to be real live ones,not make believe! By ten o’clock the exhibition was not ready. Luckily, it was Sunday and Karachites were used to getting up late in the day so that,by the time people started trickling in, the exhibition was on.
The staff of the Commissioner-ate Karachi,the co host of the program had worked hard to bring the people of Karachi to the Press Club.Newspapers and T.V tickers kept exhorting people to come and see”how useful things were being made from garbage. Clearly many who came to the event were those who were motivated about the cause of the environment. One of the visitors was the headmistress of a government school who said she simply had to meet the people “who are struggling for a clean environment.”
The Commissioner Karachi Mr.Shoaib Siddiqui and the Chairman ABAD Mr.Hanif Gohar came in person to lend their support for the cause. A number of TV channels and reporters were interviewing the organisers. Speaking to the media Nargis Latif the CEO of Gul Bahao said that the Gul Bahao movement had clearly entered a new phase that of “innovation,bringing in a whole new technology which will change the world in the same way that the mobile phone has changed the world.” Dilating on the success of the “Chandi Technology”, Nargis Latif revealed that she had never in her “wildest dreams” imagined that her inter convertible modular blocks would cater to so many human needs, from houses to water reservoir to furniture and you name it.
It was past sunset, the closing time for the exhibition. Even the organizers had left except for two workers who were resting in the carpeted room on the comfortable bed that was part of the Chandi Technology. All at once the spot light of the Karachi Press Club was turned on. One could only gasp at the enchanting beauty of the scene. Any journalist belonging to the club who had seen the parking lot cluttered with all kinds of vehicles would have surely wondered at its transformation.It was as though a fairy had waved her wand and hey presto everything had changed!. If any worker of Gul Bahao were to be asked for an explanation of the phenomenon he would have surely replied. “This is the working of the almighty. It is an answer to our prayers.”
Gul Bahao is planning a mega event at the Karachi Press Club in the month of November which will be showcasing the various innovations developed by us. These are briefly:
Chandi Technology – modular blocks which are inter convertible into a two storied house, light weight furniture (tables, chairs, beds etc ), water pond, reservoirs etc.
Fuel packs for producing cheap electricity
Safai/Kamai bank (a futuristic bank)
Instant Compost…….. and many more
These innovations have received international recognition from the following:
Italian, French , Indian and South Korean publications
CNN,Voice of America,BBC, Zee t.v etc
Clinton foundation, Ashoka Foundation
UNDP, ILO,WSCC, Supreme court of India
German nationals (including their consul general)
Representative of United Nations ( Mr. Kingsley )
Saarc conference held at Kathmandu in 2013
Energy Globe Award……….and many more
Why are the innovations a “Gift from Karachi to the World”?. It may be remembered that Karachi is:
One of the largest metropolises of the world
It has a peculiar geography (desert like conditions with a relatively moderate climate)
It is highly urbanized and modernized. These very conditions gave rise to the unique discoveries mentioned above
Hundreds of educated Karachites (lecturers, professors, professionals like architects, engineers, business men, philanthropists etc) have donated in cash or kind (recyclable material which fetch a good price in the market ). Research demands money and this is where the finances came from. Secondly Karachi’s youth, especially its uneducated youth were responsible for: The physical development of the products including collection of the raw materials. The educated youth on the other hand may be credited for arranging seminars, writing theses, reports and media coverage. In short it has been a big movement spread over a period of 21 years and costing more than 8 crore rupees.
On the occasion we also plan to launch a book “Karachis Gift to the World”. The purpose of the book is manifold. To work on:
Waste management and conserving the environment in order to prevent extreme climatic conditions of temperatures as well as rainfall, flooding etc.
To provide our youth and entrepreneurs with “Opportunities Unlimited” to make profits from minimum investment.
We would like you to consider sponsoring KARACHI’S GIFT TO THE WORLD an extremely valuable book according to the following rates:
Full page – Rs.50,000 (fifty thousand)
Half page – Rs.30,000(thirty thousand)
Your organisations/institution’s name in the list of sponsors- Rs. 7,000 (seven thousand)
Your banners will also be displayed on the occasion. The event is expected to be attended by a large cross section of Karachi’s civil society including students, professionals, businessmen etc.
Waiting for an early reply,
I am Yours Sincerely Nargis Latif (managing trustee)
Gul Bahao is planning to put up a pavilion “Karachi’s gift to the world” at a one day conference cum exhibition called SME Senate and Expo, being organised and supported by the commissioner Karachi office, Karachi Stock Exchange, KWCCI and MASS HRS on Saturday, 25th April 2015 at Hotel Movenpick (formerly Sheraton Hotel). Entry to the event will be through passes. Registration for businessmen and faculty members will be Rs Three Thousand (3,000) while for students it will be Rs Fifteen hundred (1500).
In the pavillion, Gul Bahao will be showcasing some of its world famous innovations viz. Chandi Technology which is as revolutionary as the ubiquitious mobile telephone. Gul Bahao’s innovations have been widely acclaimed by international organisations as well as both print and electronic media. These include Clinton Foundation, UNDP, ILO, United Nations, WSSCC, CNN, Voice of America, Indian Media, Media in Italy and France, South Korean publications and many more.
The aim of the pavilion is part of Gul Bahao’s campaign of “Rozgar La Mehdood” or “Opportunities Unlimited”. The one day program will
Acquaint businessmen, policy makers and faculty members with this unique technology which has been developed at a cost of more than 80 million rupees and taken more than 20 years to develop
Enable entrepreneurs to take up the business of producing and marketing the Chandi technology which can bring substantial profits with minimum investment
Will enable interested participants to enrol themselves as paid internees of this innovation
Now, I would request you to support the campaign “Karachi’s gift to the world” and “Rozgar La Mehdood” by purchasing as many passes as possible, by contacting us on our contact numbers or alternately sending your contribution (there is no minimum amount ) to any of the following accounts: Allied Bank Nargis Latif 00100-3275039-0011 (0159 branch code) or Gul Bahao First Womens Bank 0007 (branch code) 001*85781*0001
Waiting for an early reply,
I am Yours Sincerely Nargis Latif, Managing trustee, Gul Bahao