TransPoll is an individual’s initiative. No group, government or corporate entity is supporting it in any way. It is a non-partisan and non-profit initiative which has emerged from the ashes of 9/11 tragedy.
Fifteen years ago, the tragic incident of 9/11 caused hurt and mayhem that does not seem to end by traditional means. Trillions of dollars have been spent on defence and security. Billions have been burnt in conflict and the politics of oil. Millions have been displaced from their homes. Hundreds of thousands have lost their lives. The ramifications of 9/11 multiplied global production of distrust and suspicion of ‘the other’. And, tens of thousands young persons in the world have been invested with the notion of ‘How to hurt & kill an American’.
TransPoll wishes to undo the hurt and suspicion that ensued 9/11 tragedy by invoking the idea of ‘How to hug & kiss an American’! We hope our imaginative embrace of the other leads to world without wars
We also hope to generate a democratic cordial collectivity where people debate, contest and influence decisions with collateral implications. Dynamic interactions and softly sustained conversations among people and leaders beyond their geographical borders and social blinders would lead to a world where war is not even the last resort to resolve any international, regional or national issue.
Thus, TransPoll seeks to constructively respond to the boundless distrust by generating more interest in, and trust on others through interaction between politically aware citizens, and the global leaders.
Arshed H. Bhatti, the founder of TransPoll is Pakistani National and Canadian Resident. He studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science. For living, he does freelance consulting. To celebrate being, he writes songs, and indulges in political imagination. He likes to dream of ways that add humour, delight, and more smiles in our daily routines.
He believes that wars will end as humans grow out of fear and suspicion, and embrace compassion. He holds that humans must not fail themselves and fellow humans due to a failure of their imagination.