All Due Pomp and Ceremony

23rd March: a date that shall live in infamy as holiday to sleep away for the public while the armed forces that should be on the borders of our state flex their proverbial muscle on the roads of the capital.

I hope that while sleeping away half the day and wondering about the incongruity of watching this show of man and machinery in the context of what this day actually stands for, we can recall the intent behind that message when in 1940 on this very date, our leaders of yore passed the Lahore Resolution which later became the basis for the struggle for a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent.

A prayer today for our nation to come through the storms that surround it and for us to have the courage to be the kind of people we need to be to ensure our nation prospers.

Happy Republic Day everyone!

5 Comments so far

  1. 1967 (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    I could never understand the reason for a “military parade” on this day. Probably some general’s flamboyant depiction of our national priorities, which in my opinion look totally skewed. It totally destroys the spirit of this day. Do the rulers really know what this day meant for, and did they ever ponder over the true spirit of this day? This day was the day when muslims of sub continent were given a mission to have a separate homeland where they could live their lives free from the fear of oppression, not under the fear of a military rule. If Quaid would have seen all this going on , I am not sure if he would have liked it at all. That guy struggled for a democratic Pakistan, not some milatary run outfit, run by generals who belived they knew better meaning of democracy than any one else in the country!

    The milatary is good for a parade before the innocent un armed masses only. We already know of their capabilities and track record over the past 6 decades which hasn’t been what I would call, of flying colors.

  2. Socialist (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

    The good thing about this 23rd March parade was its routine run of the mill type show.This created an image of the Armed forces as any other institute of the country instead of Masters of Nation.And president deserves due credit for this altering of perception.This engineered democracy is far better than the sham democracy of the self interested politicians whose democratic struggle ends with grabbing of power.Once they come into power all morals principles are put on the shelves.Plundering of treasurey and tours/travels at the cost of national exchequer start as usual like past sixty years.Our political history has always been of looking for scape goats to blame the failures and taking all the credit for success.I don’t know why our opposition treat military as a political party or rivals.If they stop behaving like problem children and rule wisely and justly when in government there won’t be any room for army involvement.Why isn’t there any rift between army and civil society in India? Why don’t Indians put army responsible for all their misfortunes? and lastly what and where the wrong lies for us? with army or civilians?.

  3. ali (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 4:03 am

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  4. Erum (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 8:48 am


  5. 1967 (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    @Socialist: If you give democracy a chance, eventually after some decades of hard burning you would start seeing the effects. Just because an army general has his own “version” of democracy that he preaches everywhere does not mean that his version of democracy is the only one fit for people of this country. That’s quite a myopic and short sighted perspective, and that is precisely why politics in Pakistan has not matured over years. We have been plagued by the dark shadows of milatary rule for more than half the history of this country, and then 9 prime ministers of this country have been dismessed by milatary general. An democratic prime minister dismisses one chief and he is thrown out of power. How can you justify that? Let the true democracy prevail for a while, it would not change overnight but after a few generations you would start to see the results. We need stable systems, not patriachs or monarchs like every army martial law administrator preaches. What use is such a system which depends on one person for it’s smooth pathetic excuse of “functioning”

    The milatary rule is a reflection of a typical autocratic rule of government, in which decisions are made just on the whims of a few and not the people’s will. It’s just like you stop the blood supply to one of the most important limb of a country’s foundation, that is a functioning government infrastructure, and when it does not mature, you blame the political structure of Pakistan, and come up with “milatrasized versions” of democracy, which again have been ordained in the “best of interest” of people.Pathetic!

    And for your information, politicians have just cost peanuts to our country’s economy, if you combine the plunder in all of their rule, with probably a few years worth of milatary’s spending. Just try to check out how milatary has been consuming the national treasury.

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