Revolution Please; Why should the Pakistanis be asking for one?

07 Mar

The jasmine revolution in Tunisia stirred the silenced, paving the way for a struggle in the Arab world, where people have had enough. With some fed up because of lack of democratic representation, unemployment, oppression by their rulers, while others under a king rather than a president. What is common to all these ‘revolutions’ is the cause. Dictatorship. These dictators have been in power for decades, unable to satisfy their lust for power and wealth sowed years of resentment among the people. But why is it that some ‘sense,expect or hope for’ a similar revolution in the land of the pure?

Ripple Effect

Pakistan cannot possibly have a revolution along these lines.One cannot present a logical reason as to why toppling the government will resolve our problems. For firstly what is our motive, have we forgotten that we already have our long advocated democracy? Or is it that we seek to tackle unemployment, poverty, corruption, prejudice against minorities, unaccounted abuses against women, target killings, terrorism, extremism and many other problems all in one.

Would the Sindhis be willing to unite with the Punjabis who have a constant rift over governance or wouldn’t the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa feel that they are the ones who suffered the brunt of terrorism the most and that now uniting as Pakistanis overshadows their sacrifices. And would the Balochis even consider themselves part of the revolution for they have completely different problems that we are not even bothered about. The divisions in our society are so deep-rooted and go beyond religion, status, beliefs, culture and problems. So much so that in the end what one will stand up for, will be completely against the other.

Another distinctive factor in these revolutions is the involvement of the youth and technology. In Pakistan where even the basic necessities seem luxuries to the masses and the never-ending struggle to get ‘roti, kapra, makan’ continues, the use of technology on a widespread level, be it for any purpose seems farce.

As far as the youth is concerned, although their strength cannot be undermined for they are the ones with the will to  make things better. However a collaborative effort is unlikely owing back to the divisions. On one end is the educated Pakistani who wishes no more to catch the next flight out of the country while on the other end is the barefooted minor working ten hours a day to feed his family. Who is to answer where these two ends will meet ?

Before even thinking about transforming this country with one violent storm of revolution, we need to look into the intricacies of the issues that the every sect of the society faces, work on at the grass root level to establish a common ground to stand, to fight and to rise. For nothing can be possibly be achieved by overthrowing a ‘weak’ democracy and replacing it by another.

Asking for too much?

Asking for too much with too little ?


Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Politics


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14 responses to “Revolution Please; Why should the Pakistanis be asking for one?

  1. majworld

    March 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    nice article which just didn’t see the bright outer side of revolution but an indepth analysis..another issue is even if revolution takes place, we or even those egypt nd tunisian people dun hve a leader..

  2. mehmudah

    March 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    good thoughts and i like the way u write

    • Nida

      March 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

      @majworld :

      I don’t see a brighter side to a revolution in Pakistan, all we achieve from strikes and protests is just loss to the businesses and tear gas here and there.

      As for the revolutions in the middle east, they will probably lead to a leadership vacuum which might lead the movements to become fruitless.

      Thankyou 🙂

  3. Awakening Tempest

    March 8, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I don’t think I entirely agree with the article, although admittedly you touched upon some important issues. The biggest problem a nation like Pakistan faces is corruption – this is the mother of all evil. Yes corruption exists everywhere but South Asia (mainly India and Pakistan) it simply too terrible and at all levels.

    I have listen to first few speeches of the founder of Pakistan Mr Jinnah soon after when Pakistan was born and I have read about him – he uttered the same ‘corruption is the mother of all evil’.

    Nationality and regional, cultural difference will always exist and to be honest no one can every unit them unless they have faith in the government who runs them – this is the problem.

    Corruption has divided the leaders within Pakistan so deeply that it will take a miracle to someone to do the job – either he will die doing it or meet the same fate as other leaders and get assassinated.

    Pakistan does need a revolution and this should only really have one objective ‘to root out corruption’ at all levels.

    • Nida

      March 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      I agree corruption is a deep rooted menace, like cancer which spreads though out and poisons the entire entity.

      The blame game which is second nature to us leads us to point fingers at others rather than ourselves. As Shahzeb mentioned a bottom-up, grass-roots approach is direly needed.

      Thankyou for your feedback 🙂

  4. Humayun Iftikhar

    March 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Pakistan is a democratic country at present. We cherish a free media, active judiciary and vibrant civil society. We do not share a comparison with most of the Arab nations. We as a nation have defeated three dictators. On the other hand, Col Qadafi continues to rule Libya for the past four decades. We need a revolution towards a pure democracy where military establishment has no role to play in civil departments and policy making. When people refer to a revolution in Pakistan, they ask for derailing the democratic and constitutional system. We need a revolution against feudals and religious bigots not against the democratic system of this country.

    • Nida

      March 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Indeed our problem is absolutely different from theirs, we are democracy yet a weak one.

      The question is whether we are, as a nation willing to see another 60 years or so pass by without seeing the strengthening of our governmental institutions, where law is supreme over everything else, where there is truly freedom of speech for the people and an uncensored media. having democracy just for namesake is not quiet enough unless it serves its true purpose.

      As you mentioned, The Feudal system is and will always be a thorn to our progress, but it has cultivated and strengthened to such levels that whether our country can ever come out of is debatable.

  5. haroon rashid

    March 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Privatization is the key to getting rid of the evil corruption issue. All government entities should be made private with the allotment of ordinary shares being issued all over the country and let it be bought by the sound business groups who will change the sick units into profitable one and the people will start working from nine to five all over the country and no time to think of strikes etc. H.Rashid

    • Nida

      March 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      I feel its about creating a politically stable environment which will help create a business-friendly and productive atmosphere in turn boosting the economy. Without achieving a strong governmental base, working on any and everything else will be in vain.

      Thankyou for coming by!

  6. Shahzeb Najam

    March 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Brilliant piece Nida!

    Most kids our age don’t know much about what’s going on and stick to the same urban middle-class slogans of ‘revolution’, hoping for a knight in khaki to rescue us from all our problems.

    But that’s not how things work in the real world.

    ‘Revolution’ will achieve nothing. As you’ve indicated, the only way forward is by accepting this flawed democracy as our own and working towards strengthening it. A bottom-up, grass-roots approach is the only viable option.

    I absolutely agree with Humayun Iktikhar that the military establishment has to stick to it’s constitutional role but the only way we can edge it out of the system is by strengthening democratic institutions.

    Again, this is an impressive piece. I wish more students would open up books and newspapers instead of watching a few YouTube documentaries by right-wing nutjobs *cough* Zaid Hamid *cough* 🙂

    • Nida

      March 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much Shahzeb!

      We’re in a time when there is so much going on and its hard to stay aloof! For those who choose to remain ignorant Zaid Hamid is their shield during all political discussions and debates!

  7. Zohaib

    April 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    The problem isn’t our democracy. We’re suffering from factors much worse than that, and I definitely want my people, of Pakistan, to find a solution to this.

    What is this solution though? Protests, maybe? Zardari is the worst leader Pakistan has ever gotten, and while we may have democracy, we are still a weak nation. We have some luxuries for about a good percentage of the population, but that’s about it.

    • Nida

      April 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Zohaib, I agree with you on that a small percentage of the population has the wealth of the country and with the increasing inflation, its harder than ever for the poor to survive. Any leadership that realizes the cause and effect of this and takes action is direly needed.

      Thanks for coming by!


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