An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Yeh Hum Nahe Hein [The way are portrayed is not the way we are]

This is a special post in collaboration with Pak Times and Rubab Saleem. In the midst of all the terror and mayhem, one forgets that every nation has ordinary citizens within its borders. It is important that their voices are heard and understood.

Blast after blast, death after death and in the end what we end up is just regrets!!! The Prime Minister announcing the compensation amount and the rest of the world around announces condolences. But have we ever thought how hard it is for the people to over come such unusual deaths when they actually occur? Have we ever thought of the consequences these continuous deaths can bring in the society? Isn’t it high times to really think that all this silence inside the nation is creeping and no wonder one day it just blows out as a volcano in the middle of the country? I don’t think the number of people will be as less as they were for the proposed long March of the lawyer’s movement. Every single person around us is a victim in some way or the other of this war against terror.

12 months after the general elections, that for the first time in the history of Pakistan brought the change in the mindset of the general public, the public still waits for the hopeful results for which they voted. The increasing number of suicidal attacks in the past few weeks has again brought the question of a sense of unsecured surroundings. I and everyone around me feel unsafe, exposed and an open target for the terrorist activity instead of all these security measurements around. Things keep moving faster and faster and the nation as always keeps going even faster in forgetting what happened. With so many things happening around one wonders what to remember and what not to. Beside we have far more problems in our own homes to sort rather to sort the nation’s problems. This is how the mentality of a normal Pakistani has turned into. Why have we become so senseless, why have we just disowned the mess that we can not even blame no one else for. The war against terror may have started from 9/11, but the things started to worsen up for Pakistan way back. No wonder Pakistan is announced to be the center or the afghan policy, because of position in the region.

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Having said above words I know a lot of Pakistanis would disagree with me on acknowledging that the war against terror may have been started by Americans but what we are fighting right now is a war of our own. We have enemies deep inside our own roots. People who have been brain washed trained and left freely as the potential threats to not only Pakistan but also the foreign targets in Pakistan. This whole turmoil is an attempt to further demoralize the distributed nation of Pakistan and created negative image of us in the world. We all really have to come over it. It’s time to move on. Move on from the internal matters to the big challenges we face as a nation. We really have to get over this Sindhi, Punjabi, Pakhtoon, Baloch fights on non issues. Together we can and we will for sure get over every obstacle but distributed all we will ever face is defeat.

After the general elections back in February, 2008, whole world was watching closely on us to see how a nation wounded so badly would react. Things turned out well enough. The mind set for the first time in the history changed. People voted and opted for a change rather than the continuity of the policies of the Musharaf Regime. Hopes were high, and a very positive start even further created the hype that some thing would definitely happen with the first speech of the newly democratically elected Prime Minister in his first speech announced to release all the deposed judges straightaway; but ever since than nothing of a substantial importance looks to have changed. Food crisis continue, the shortage of water, electricity, food supplies, wheat, floor, jobs everything seems to have just dried up. One wonders where the hell has everything gone wrong. We were really improving, our economy was strong, and the stock market was doing great, what just happened all of a sudden. Our leaders will really have to sit and think hard on this and take fruitful steps to ensure their presence felt soon. Things from a common man’s point of view are not looking good up ahead. Street demonstrations really do destabilize the working of a government but what other options does a common man have. The law in order situation has gone from bad to worse. People don’t feel safe even in locked doors. It’s high time. We have got to get hold of ourselves and have a closer look on what we have done in the recent past and where have we gone absolutely mad. Its not the government only to be blamed for wrong doings, we as a nation have not fulfilled all our responsibilities either. The lack of social equality has created wide hatred for each other in our society. From the queue of a electric bill submission to the job opportunities every where the preferences are not the same for everyone. Things need to change; they just have to if we are to survive.

The way we have been portrayed in the world today is not really the way we are. For the world we have literally became the most dangerous creatures on the earth, but are we? No way. We live like them. We have our own lives to work for, we have kids we love, we have our national interest we believe in, and we have our national heroes we admire. The only thing that might just differentiate us from others is the lack of the unity that the founder of our nation in his first speech pointed.

This whole writing is not really to point out mistakes or negatives. Everyone has negative points but the one who succeeds overcomes those negatives and we have to over come our negatives. Come together, join hands in hands and support the positives happenings and retaliate the wrongs, things will just turn to the best possible way out. Together we can and we will over come all the odds. Show the world that we are not terrorists we instead are the targets because of our unpredictability and strength to bounce back from the worst even.

Yeh Hum Nahin Hein (Come Join Hands and Let the World Know).

God Bless Pakistan

Pakistan Zindaabad.

(No Hard Words No Harsh Feelings for No one at all)

Vish (An ordinary Pakistani Man)

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2 Comments
  1. Prem says

    Soul searching is a good first step. It might be too late and being done by too few people at this time. The sad reality is that Pakistanis will find it hard to imagine that radical interpreters of Islam and their military are the foundation of Pakistan’s decline. Pakistan’s dire financial situation and security situation is attributable to nothing else. Its middle class is as smart as the one in India, its people are as hard working.

    But you need more than that in today’s world because economics of any one country is heavily dependent on the rest of the world, though this is not visible when you’re standing in the electic bill payment line or buying food in the market.

    Private foreign direct investment in Pakistan is miniscule. Who wants to invest in a country that “exports terrorists” and “kills foreigners” (journalists like Daniel Pearl is only one example)? Whatever short term sparkles Pakistanis saw in the last few years were the result of billions pumped into the ruling elite by the U.S. Now that that well has dried, the underlying weakness has become evident.

    When the secular country that Jinnah founded was long ago changed to an Islamic (nonsecular) republic and no one was worried – religion (Deen-Iman) couldn’t be bad after all. When the madarsas created the Taleban, most Pakistanis were not worried – after all the Taleban were Islamic scholars going to recover their land. When the Jehadi fighters bought and sold arms openly, no one was worried – they were going to avenge dishonor in Kashmir, so it was okay.

    There was no desire to become like Saudi Arabia where stonings and sharia law was common, but Pakistanis always looked up at Saudi Arabia – the keepers of the Holy Shrine and the original Islam scholars. The seed for Pakistan’s ruin was sowed in Saudi funded madarsas and US supported military rulers who choked democratic institutions and the rule of law. The germination of these seeds rather than bad luck has made Pakistan an international pariah. The first order of business after joining hands should be to save the country from the Taleban and start reading Hernando de Soto (http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-… to see how a successful economy requires democratic institutions and the rule of law. I think the Indians need a heavy dose of de Soto also.

  2. Prem says

    Soul searching is a good first step. It might be too late and being done by too few people at this time. The sad reality is that Pakistanis will find it hard to imagine that radical interpreters of Islam and their military are the foundation of Pakistan’s decline. Pakistan’s dire financial situation and security situation is attributable to nothing else. Its middle class is as smart as the one in India, its people are as hard working.

    But you need more than that in today’s world because economics of any one country is heavily dependent on the rest of the world, though this is not visible when you’re standing in the electic bill payment line or buying food in the market.

    Private foreign direct investment in Pakistan is miniscule. Who wants to invest in a country that “exports terrorists” and “kills foreigners” (journalists like Daniel Pearl is only one example)? Whatever short term sparkles Pakistanis saw in the last few years were the result of billions pumped into the ruling elite by the U.S. Now that that well has dried, the underlying weakness has become evident.

    When the secular country that Jinnah founded was long ago changed to an Islamic (nonsecular) republic and no one was worried – religion (Deen-Iman) couldn’t be bad after all. When the madarsas created the Taleban, most Pakistanis were not worried – after all the Taleban were Islamic scholars going to recover their land. When the Jehadi fighters bought and sold arms openly, no one was worried – they were going to avenge dishonor in Kashmir, so it was okay.

    There was no desire to become like Saudi Arabia where stonings and sharia law was common, but Pakistanis always looked up at Saudi Arabia – the keepers of the Holy Shrine and the original Islam scholars. The seed for Pakistan’s ruin was sowed in Saudi funded madarsas and US supported military rulers who choked democratic institutions and the rule of law. The germination of these seeds rather than bad luck has made Pakistan an international pariah. The first order of business after joining hands should be to save the country from the Taleban and start reading Hernando de Soto (http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Capital-Capitalism-Triumphs-Everywhere/dp/0465016146) to see how a successful economy requires democratic institutions and the rule of law. I think the Indians need a heavy dose of de Soto also.

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