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

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 ?

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Politics

 

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Still searching for Freedom

Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), a notab...

Poet, Politician & philosopher

Today is essentially a public holiday. Few shops are open, almost all schools are closed [with the exception of my school] , the banks are closed and it seems like an extended Sunday. Where Karachi gets a lot of *unannounced* holidays, today’s closure was ‘announced’ and the reason being? It’s what we call IQBAL DAY.

A day dedicated to remember our visionary leader Allama Iqbal whose far-sighted insight paved the way for ‘Land of the Pure’. Where I’ve met many people rejoicing and discussing their plans for the entire day, I am yet to find the person who actually believes and understands the real reason for this ‘public holiday’.  For the reason we have Iqbal Day is not to shop for groceries or complete pending work, its to remember the poet, philosopher and leader Allama Iqbal was.  And if we really reflect upon this, his guidance was for enlightenment, struggle and education, NOT for a lazy day in the middle of the week!

Alas the Girl from Karachi vents in vain. If this post is any good let it enable us to remember, appreciate and thank our leader. Here is his poem ‘Freedom’ which in my opinion is still relevant even after 60 years of Independence.

Freedom

To my mind those
Days of past are coming
When in the garden was spring
And everyone chirping

Where is such a freedom nowadays
By their own wish one comes and goes

Wound upon my heart is going sore
As upon the tears of dew smiles the flower

That pleasant-seeming picture
That lovely-seeming figure
Prosperous by which
Was my abode

In my home is no more coming
The cry of those who’re humming

Had my freedom been
In the hands of my own!

How misfortunate I am
My own home searching I am!

My friends in their nation
Laying I am in this prison

Spring’s come
Buds of flowers are smiling
In this dark home
About my fate I am wailing

Who in this prison
Will my misfortune listen
I fear that in this nest
Will be my final rest

My garden since I left
This has been my state
Grief with heart is consumed
And heart with grief is consumed

Take this not as a song
O the ones who listen!
Of grief-stricken hearts
This is the sound of a plaint

Free me O warden
From this prison

I am speechless prisoner
Set me free and gain my prayer


 
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Posted by on November 9, 2010 in Life as a Karachite

 

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