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injusticeThe more you read the history of Muslims of India and their political struggle; you realize that Muslims of subcontinent, I would talk specifically about Pakistan, are still at the same stage where Muslims of India had started their political journey for the betterment of a minority called Mohammendens in British India.

 

Here is an excerpt from the Presidential Address of Syed Ali Imam to the All India Muslim League’s second session held in Amritsar on 30-31 Dec 1908. In the section I would quote, Syed Ali Imam goes on to expound as to how Muslims League’s agenda is different from that of Congress and why lots of Mulsims had remained aloof from joining this party, but I would stop only to that section where League’s leader enumerates the major problems faced by then society as whole and especially Muslims.

 

Let’s read it and see where we stand today as those problems are still existing in Pakistan and Muslims have not gotten rid of this one tithe.

 

“The separation of judiciary from the executive, the repeal of degrading Colonial Ordinances, the extension of primary education, the adoption of measures of sanitation, the admission of Indians of all races in large numbers into the higher branches of the public service, discontinuance of official interference in matters of local self-government, reasonable reduction of military expenditure without endangering efficiency, recognition of the legitimate and patriotic desire of the warlike races of India to render military service as volunteers, the grant of commissions in army to Indians, equitable adjustment of Home Charges, limitation of revenue on land belonging to the State, establishment and development of village unions for the disposal of petty civil and criminal cases, encouragement and protection of indigenous arts and industries, the eradication of insolence, on one hand, and feeling of inferiority and mortification on the other, between the rulers and the ruled, are some of many grave questions of practical politics in India that equally effect all classes of our countrymen. …”

 

It is really disappointing that the problems we faced a hundred years back are still there even after we won an independent state of our own.

 

The tunnel vision of our current and previous leadership has utterly failed to overcome a single problem as cited above by a Muslim Leagues leader a hundred years back.

 

  1. Still judiciary is not separated from the executive and has worked and still working under the behest of civil and military dictators and rulers. The only thing our judicial has produced is red tape culture and doctrine of necessity. Dictators have been legalized and politically motivated verdicts have been given. Fingers are being raised on the legitimacy of the current judicial system of Pakistan in the wake of rigging in recent election of May 2013 and judiciary’s involvement therein.
  2. The hollow leadership has not been able to install proper self-government and they are still running away from it. For the past, almost one decade now (from 2008) Pakistan is without any proper self-government system.
  3. Primary education could not be extended in the past six decades the way it was supposed to and it has made Pakistan one of those countries with highest number of kids of school going age away from primary education.
  4. Minorities cannot even think of joining the higher posts in civil and military institutions.
  5. Military expenditure in Pakistan is sky high and still the country is most vulnerable of any terrorist attack at any bazar, market, public place and high sensitive areas.
  6. Land reforms in Pakistan seem a far cry now and issue from which India got rid just after independence.
  7. Village unions and reforms to resolve the petty criminal cases at local level is still not in place. It is a habit of Pakistan’s current and previous leadership to nominate the SHO of their own choice in the village whose duty is merely to protect the interests of the local MNAs and MPAs.
  8. Protection of indigenous arts and crafts is still a dream and remains of that are also being destroyed. Yes, for the photo session of the hollow leadership they do organize the fake festivals at the ruins of great ancient civilization of Mohenjo-Daro, sing songs, dance, eat and then vanish leaving behind the crying, moribund and hand-to-mouth poor artists. All this stage show is done by the public’s exchequer for the glory of personal who want-to-be leaders of this dilapidated society whose majority lives under huge stress to make both ends meet, living under 2 dollars a day.
  9. The public still faces insolation and mortification on daily basis just to quench the thirst of the ego and power of politicians who come to power just by rigging. This happens sometime by closing the public roads, sometimes we see this happening when people are made to stand in long queues to get rashan. Sometimes this happens when a tribal man is deprived of its basic rights under the name of FCR, even after British left the subcontinent. Sometimes when a deserving candidate cannot get the post because of nepotism.

 

List goes on but it is evident like a sun in the sunny day that our whole leadership in the past and present has been failed miserably to provide to this country, even basic needs for which a common man is crying for the last century. On the roads, it is not traffic but chaos. In the offices the corruption is breaking all time high records. Who was supposed to even teach the public how to behave, who was supposed to provide the citizens a civic sense? This was the job of political leadership but instead of making this country a better place of living, it has been made Gahanna, people are going more and more into privation and society is moribund. We, our leadership, our politicians and bureaucracy has flouted the tenor of those resolutions and charters on which the existence of Pakistan was predicated.

 

All so called elections and reforms we have seen have only made Pakistan desolated and dilapidated.

 

We are for sure living in an era of 1908 insofar as the problems faced by a common man are concerned.

 

 

 

 

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ImageSuch times come to a person’s life when either out of sheer desperation he has to seek help from his close-ones or the acquaintances lend a helping hand without even asking. Though this kind of practice is now a getting extinct due to robotic life style of the era, we live in, but it is not completely vanished. It is worth commendable and the ‘helped-one’ usually remains obliged to the ‘helper’ and the life goes on provided the aide doesn’t keep on reminding of his deed.

There is another kind of friendship with is pretty dangerous. This is the relation when your friend becomes your mentor for whole of your life once you seek opinion from him, forcefully. You want to get rid of his advises to make decisions independently but because of social bounds that “what would other’s think and (or) he think if I reject his advice” – it becomes complicated and you are not able to do so. Also another fear prevails, what if you need him in the future and because of your non-capitulation at that very moment you won’t be able have your friend by your side.

This may be present in the whole world but I I’ll discuss this scenario from Pakistan’s perspective only. What I believe is that we are under the influence of such friends-cum-mentors who are not letting us (as a whole) be a sovereign decision making entity as we do what we are dictated in a way or another. Such relation is between common man to common man, professional to professional, private organization to private organization, between government institutions, media firms and last but not least between countries.

Talking only about Pakistan, a common man of a village or urban area is usually under the influence of a certain ‘honourable’ person, who may be a religious leader, political activist, an ‘atai’ doctor or a school headmaster. The friendship between the common man and such “knowledgeable” is based on one sided only and that is taking advise from the decision to simply to open a bank account till wedding of their beloved children.

That was an example of where the literacy rate is too less. Let’s discuss about the people who are literate.

When a youngster enters his/ her professional life he/ she usually meets some seniors who give directions as to how to survive in office politics and impress the boss etc. The professionalism tactics are told and sometimes the favour is granted by taking some work load etc. Steadily the trainee is entrapped in the friendship of the senior(s) and if in future he has to deny their opinion, let’s say in a meeting, he thinks twice and sometimes resorts to keeping his mouth shut. The business is business and a cup of coffee is a cup of coffee seems existent only in the books. It may take one third of the professional life in overcoming this hesitation. So the advice which was provided by seniors in a good faith kills the leader from within of the trainees.

The same is the situation with our political parties. Main stream parties and their so called leaders seem to be under influence of the some mentor who is sometimes a column writer, a saint or a senior person in the party. These people direct the leader in which way to go. With which party they should make coalition and against which party they should go on the streets and what policies should be made if they come to the power etc. This becomes a very difficult situation for the political leaders to overcome their advice because they have long lasting friendship with them and openly rejecting their proposal can give the enemies so much to speak on. Column writers are most handy also in propagating their point of view and if they had bad relationship with them this tool is lost. So the political leaders in themselves are not leaders as they are entrapped in the web of friendship of such instructors who counsel them in really good faith but arguing with them and denying their proposal published in the media is not that easy.

Coming to the situation of Pakistan as a country; we are deeply entrapped by the friendship of the other countries, Islamic or non-Islamic, who claim to be our all season friends. The matter of fact is that all the countries find their own interest in advising us, e.g., which country to be given MFN status, who to vote for in UN, where to find the business and which country should be given the contract of, let’s say, roads etc and Pakistan out of sheer friendship is helpless. We think if we disregard the particular advice we will be stranded in the world etc.

History is that leaders – either these be persons or nations/ countries cannot be hostage to friends. They should be able to call the shots by themselves and on principals. Respect friends and their advice but make decisions by yourself in your best interest. Otherwise you will end writing a book “Friends Not Masters” out of sheer desperation when ships are sailed.