It’s by no means too late to revisit the mistakes of the previous and correct the course of internal and external policies
The nationwide independence days are normally celebrated with fervour and are imagined to be joyous events. However this Independence Day has a unique significance for the state, the federal government and the individuals of Pakistan. It has left us dejected as we see the scars that the Partition had left on the physique and soul of the individuals of the Subcontinent turning into open wounds and bleeding once more. The state terrorism unleashed by the Indian forces in Kashmir and its different actions to subjugate and enslave its Muslim inhabitants don’t go away a lot for the mirth and merriment that’s related to these nationwide events.
However how and the place have we failed, on nationwide and worldwide entrance, to allow India to do what it needed to attain, particularly in case of Kashmir? Historical past tells us that the successes of the enemies or the rivals are more often than not as a consequence of our personal shortcomings or failures within the conduct and administration of our personal exterior and inner affairs.
How will we come to this deadlock? The event calls for some critical introspection. The place will we stand immediately as a state and as a society? Have we managed to evolve ourselves right into a nation or will we proceed to be a crowd divided alongside ethnic, linguistic, communal and sectarian traces? How unhealthy or good have we carried out up to now and do we’ve got a transparent thought concerning the objectives and instructions we intend to pursue sooner or later?
What’s the path of our international coverage that has largely been decided by our safety considerations and compulsions? Our nationwide ideology, nonetheless tough to outline, is one other issue that continues to outline state’s priorities and pursuits. There isn’t a hurt in having various approaches in direction of patriotism to outline and articulate our thought of nation and our dedication to the nation. However the tendency to monopolise approaches about which means and definition of patriotism in any given context is at all times fraught with hazard whereas deepening the dividing traces within the society.
Have these insurance policies paid effectively on exterior entrance? Take a look at the lukewarm response, if any, of our worldwide allies, particularly the brother Muslim international locations. It might be that their nationwide pursuits wouldn’t enable them to come back out overtly in assist of Pakistan’s stance, however find out how to clarify their silence on the Indian atrocities in Kashmir? Why don’t we perceive that there are not any mates or foes amongst international locations; these are the financial, political, navy pursuits or geographical proximities that give instructions to relations between two states.
On the home entrance, we’ve got positively did not stay as much as the beliefs that shaped the premise of Muslim separatism and subsequent freedom motion that led to the creation of Pakistan. We now have failed to understand the thought of Pakistan as a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual society; we’ve got did not rise above sectarian variations; we’ve got did not respect the faith and religion of different individuals and communities; and above all, we proceed to lack a dedication to the larger good of the individuals and their welfare.
Presiding over the affairs of presidency, the civilian and navy rulers are sometimes seen exploiting public sentiments whereas equating their private or group pursuits with deceptive requires patriotism, nationwide ideology or faith. Poor governance, coupled with the bane of corruption, has left the social companies supply system in tatters. Sadly, the problems of public significance are these which might be recognized with the pursuits of elitists.
These inner elements should have added to the damaging picture of the nation on the exterior entrance. And that might be one purpose that Islamabad has did not garner as a lot sympathy and assist of the worldwide group on the most recent happenings in Kashmir because it deserved. However it’s by no means too late to revisit the errors or judgmental errors of the previous and proper the course of inner and exterior insurance policies for a promising future.
Printed in The Specific Tribune, August 14th, 2019.
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