am tired! Tired of everything. Tired of our downfall, tired of our
lost glory, tired of the criticism that my people face and tired of all
those who criticize us. I am tired of those false hopes on which we have
carried ourselves to the spot where we stand today and those politicians who
play in politics rather than practice it and who have transformed and
degraded the term ‘politics’ to hypocrisy. The biggest issue under
discussion after 12th October 1999 incident of the demise of
so-called democratic government of Nawaz Sharif was the restoration of what
they called as ‘democracy’. Interestingly various politicians preaching this
basic concept were not even aware of how to spell the word, let alone know
the true definition of what it actually means; the biggest irony of Pakistan
having illiterate politicians and then we say that Pakistan lacks literacy.
What do you expect from leaders who don’t even know the meaning of
education. You actually think they would stress on the spread of literacy?
If they do, then they themselves would be sitting on those school chairs in
the middle of a classroom because ironically their intellect is not any
greater than Usman of grade five. Now that was about majority of your ruling
class; People who should be looked up to as a role model for all of us to
follow. Now lets focus on a common man of our country. Ahmad Din, a local
villager of ‘Baddo Malhi’ district Narowal gets up one fine morning and
finds out that the respected MPA (Member of the Parliamentary Assembly) of
the area is on his way from his palace like home in Lahore to address the
local people of his village which is still not fortunate enough to have a
proper electricity network in its various parts. MPA sahib reaches the
village and is welcomed with a great respect and honor. People come out of
their houses to see the rare site of this man who claims to be their
representative, yet they feel blessed to have seen him by their own eye
because that will be enough for their evening gossip for weeks and months to
follow before they get another chance to see him. And yes that other chance
will not be earlier than the next elections. Ahmad Din wears his new white
‘dhoti’ and is excited about what his leader will talk about today having
countless strings of hopes and dreams attached to his heart and soul and
soon becomes the part of that awaiting crowd who has all been there since
early morning. The awaited man who is looked up to with such an immense
respect for basically his good vocabulary in ‘Punjabi’ and the fine ‘art of
twisting words’ that he possesses, is in no way more educated than these
people themselves. However he goes on to the designated stage, which is
usually his own convertible Pajero or Land Cruiser and starts to speak! On
and on he goes condemning the North and the south, basically portraying
himself to be the only honest politician surviving on earth, the only trust
worthy and committed man that continues to maintain his charm before leaving
when he shakes his hand with a few people in the front row and imposes the
idea of being a modest. What next? These people like Ahmad Din are lost in
their own small world revolving around that flabbergasted and flattered
speech of this man and are all set to vote for him. Not only this but Ahmad
Din is also aware of the various problems he might have to face incase he
doesn’t vote for this ‘hero’. Finally the MPA sahib like always has won with
a sweeping majority and now holds the same status and position that he did
after the last elections. How to summarize this? Innocent and Illiterate
people fell for a clever, corrupt politician who has nothing but common with
these locals except for illiteracy. This is the Democracy in Pakistan!
Marxism, a concept of democracy and the brainchild of Karl Marx, the father
of the world wide democratic movement, narrated that the rise of the working
class would create a social democracy. The idea is based on the rise of a
common man from amongst the crowd of millions to come up and take care of
things accordingly. Does this concept truly reflect the democracy in
Pakistan? In my opinion it reflects more of what Alexander Hamilton said
sarcastically about democratic system, “If we incline too much to democracy,
we shall soon turn into a monarchy.” Political system of Pakistan is indeed
turning into a Monarchy.
Anyway like gossip bees, I won’t comment on this issue and leave rather more
than the problem itself, we need to talk about the solution. What is this
system causing? Fake political systems are now influencing the daily lives
and values. You try being nice and courteous to people and they in return
accuse you of being a politician which is becoming more of an abuse than a
compliment. What is the basic need of our system? Literacy is the first and
foremost thing. As long as we have illiterate politicians deciding the fate
of our nation, we can never dream of being a better nation or a better
country. If the roots of a tree are not strong, how can you count on its
branches? The need of the hour thus is not to sit and watch or at most
comment rather is to do something about it. Mere lip service won’t get us
anywhere. We need educated people in our system but this has to be done
irrespective of personal motives. We need to invest our experience,
education and efforts in our own land, not let it go away and serve the
other parts of the world. At this point one thing is of utmost importance.
We need collective efforts. The usual argument of various Pakistanis working
abroad is that what their country has to offer them is not sufficient for
their needs. We need not see at this moment what our country has to serve us
rather we need to focus on what we can serve to it. It is in no position to
serve us. It’s unfortunate how we have become crippled on financial issues.
Depending majorly on global aid and world organizations catering our economy
will lead us to a point of no return. Without various measures and efforts
at grass root level, we can’t move forward. The system, the approach and the
thinking have to be changed and it’s us who has to do it. Rise to an active
civil society should be given with widely shared political culture.
Education and freedom of information should be more common and a homogenous
society should be raised. Absence of all the above would lead Pakistan to
deteriorate further thus leaving it at a stage where it would be hard for us
to revert to a better future. We the new generation has to rise up and fill
the gaps left by those who took this state for granted but the foremost step
is education. Without this, we are incomplete. At this point a broader
definition is needed as to what education really means. Education does not
mean to crap chemistry books or memorize History notes. It is much more than
what Hydrogen and Oxygen combine together to make or how many acres of land
Alexander conquered. Education revolves around the basic fact that each
individual who is educated should know the responsibilities he has to hold,
should be aware of his attitude in and towards the public, should know what
his basic rights are and that the man next to him feels the same way.
Education is formation of a man into a ‘gentleman’ and a woman into a
‘lady.’ We people are a combination of all what it makes a successful nation
but we just need to uncover our talents and improve on what we lack and that
would take us to the heights of boundless success. The process is long but
it sure would make a major difference if just each and every individual
works on himself alone. Together we can all make a successful and looked up
to community but again such dreams can only be materialized if our youth
which is you and me make a collective struggle!
Well the problem with Pakistan is the lack of education of the masses. This
has a direct influence over the political system as the representatives of
the people are picked from amongst the masses. On might argue that there are
some extremely literate politicians on the scene. However, it is the masses
that controls and if the people are unaware and illiterate then these
politicians can exploit it and use them.
HAYAT University Of Kentucky
Pakistan has had more than its fair share
of critiques but alas none of the genuine personal effort it deserves. I can
assure you that if all the people who criticize our country at whatever
opportunity they can get.... hey don’t need to go beyond themselves but just
search within and find out what’s required on their part as citizens of a
country that we fought so hard for
Little sacrifices, or rather fulfillments of national obligations
that would make a big change.
AHMAD AZHAR University of Texas at Austin
The political system does not just depend on education. Various factors have
to be worked on.
Democracy is not the best yet the least worse political system. Pakistan has
to take massive steps and we need to do this all together.
Arsalan Tazeem. USA
Pakistanis have great potential. All we need is dedication and commitment.
This has to be done by the upcoming youth and no one else.
Rabia Ali Karachi
Pakistan has been unfortunate to have the worse form of governments. We need
honest leader and that is the basis of everything.
Samar Fahad Karachi
None other than education and youth can change the fate of Pakistan.
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