Happy In-Dependence day to you all…

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Faiz wrote about his feelings for 1947 some years ago.

Keeping in mind the latest Siege and other events, I believe that not much has changed over time.

The Britishers divided us and conquered us, our rulers are devoid-ing us of our basic rights and making us concur.

It’s a shame, but still [looking at the bright side of the picture]…Happy Independence day to you :-)

6 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    Sadly woh manzil abhi bhi nahi aayi … 60 years gone …!


  2. KAMI (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 11:53 pm

    It is indeed very sad. When it comes to Pakistan the very logic of independence looks pretty lopsided.
    Before 1947 we were ruled by British, we had;

    1/ A good judicial system.
    2/ A very upright civil service.
    3/ A good education system, that produced people like Faiz, Jinnah, Iqbal and other intellectuals from the middle or lower middle classes.
    4/ There was religious independence and security. No need to put armed guards during Namaz-e-Jummah or Eid.

    And the list goes on….

    So why did we fought for independence? of course, so that we can put our interests over that of Britisher’s and do what was primarily for our benefit rather than for some distant monarch. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

    Ok now, we cannot fight with history, we are Pakistanis lets make something of it, but first, let me deal with this guy who is constantly bugging me SLAP! …BANG!! …BOOM!!!


  3. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 10:59 am

    Kami: British rule benefitted the britishers. Our literacy rate was only 16% at independence, so much for education system. Same for judicial system which gave few rights to natives.

    The phenomenon were are currently dealing with, sectarianism and extremism, are not only in Pakistan, they are all over the Muslim world. These challenges would be there today even if in 2007 we were still being ruled by the British. Look at the British in Afghanistan.


  4. KAMI (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 2:58 am

    @AAMIR

    I am not doubting the fruits of independence, my post was just a sarcastic way of looking at things.

    The problem that has always plagued Pakistan is not sectarianism and extremism.Its always been a ruling elite, which wants to keep a hold on power at any costs, allbeit the separation of half of the country. For me the only hope for the future are the middle classes. if they can somehow disturb the nexus between Jagirdaar, millitary and mullah, then only we can hope to move forward like india, turkey or malaysia.

    The othe muslim countries also have the ruling elite problem.


  5. redsnapper (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 1:32 am

    @Kami: Point well made. Its a chicken and egg situation, though. The middle class (which is decreasing by the day !) has gone numb. Or at least it seems that way. The elite (in one way or the other) suppresses it further and they go more numb.

    So…the question that comes to mind is…what can break the cycle ?


  6. KAMI (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 8:48 am

    @REDSNAPPER: I might be wrong but there is a noticeble change in Punjab, where I think the middle class is expanding. Traditionally, the middle class in Punjab was direcltly or indirectly associated with the millitary, hence, was easily controlled. This no longer seems to be the case. Also, the nexus that I mentioned earlier is getting weaker. Mullah’s are spiralling out of orbit, the millitary is venturing into business and Jagirdaar political heads are founding it difficult to hold ground. There are now Sheikh Rasheed types in every political party who are asserting themselves more and more.

    Again this is a very optimistic way of looking at things, perhaps too optimistic.



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