Jun 022008

“…our laws make law impossible; our liberties destroy all freedom; our property is organized robbery; our morality is an impudent hypocrisy, our wisdom is administered by inexperienced or mal-experienced dupes, our power wielded by cowards and weaklings, and our honour false in all its points.” So wrote George Bernard Shaw in 1944. He was, I guess, protesting against the existing order at that time; but the statement can be an uncanny indictment of what we are faced with in this country.

Intellectual poverty stems from the fact when writing on the wall is negated and relegated as non-existent. Power of people when not canalised into something positive results in aggravation and frustration, breeding grounds for discontentment and revolt. It is high time that those who matter should now display intellectual richness and be bold enough to identify national issues, debate on them and meticulously engage to resolve them.

The state can be a powerful organism provided it has all four legs to stand on and no skeletons in the cupboard. In the eyes of nation this new government is the breath of fresh air. Individuals can never be a bigger than institutions. It is the most hazardous and tear-jerking state of the affairs. A collective wisdom is the acumen of prudent path. This country needs a couple of statesmen rather than politicians. A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman of the next generation; a politician looks for the party growth; a statesman works for the country’s growth; a politician plans for the short present but a statesman plans for the bright present and brightest future.

The new democratic set-up accompanied with an awesome mindset should analyse that as we go deeply within ourselves, as we understand and realign our basic paradigms to bring them in harmony with correct principles, we create both an effective and empowering centre and a clear lens through which we can see the world. We can then focus that lens on how we, as unique individuals, relate and contribute harmoniously to that world. By centring our lives on timeless, unchanging principles, we can create a fundamental archetype of effective living. It is that centre that puts all other centres in perspective and our wisdom and guidance comes from the correct maps, from the way things really are, have been, and will be.

We are in need of a vision and basic principles …. The inner compass will always give us direction? We as nation should uplift our intellect. Keen intellect consolidates progressive thoughts forming a meticulous society giving rise to enterprising generation. The establishment has a first and foremost responsibility on their shoulders followed by reawakening of the civil society. Think globally; act locally is the phenomenon approach. The need of the hour is statesmanship thinking and to see what is in the half-filled glass rather than concentrating on the empty half. No hidden agenda. No one is indispensable.

“A hungry man is an angry man” is a proverb our leaders should well bear in mind. Rules are not made obligatory for the poor only. Everyone is truly accountable and held responsible. No one is above the law. As always, in times of calamity, the worst hit are the poor. The establishment should bear this thing in mind; that who should be respecting the law and the constitution, the rickshaw wallah and the ordinary man on the street? The people who are supposed to establish the writ of the state need to establish the writ of the constitution first. The fish rots from the head and goodness also starts from the top.

Our Prophet (PBUH) was a true model of excellence in his conduct while we pick and choose from our religion as to what suits us. Be assertive but not aggressive at least. Stop killing our own people. Remove hatred mindset. Use of force is clearly not permitted in Islam, counselling and advice is permitted and very much advisable. What kind of message are we giving to our next generation, promoting a culture of violence, vigilantism, hate? Ignoramuses and obscurantist that are enemies of both knowledge and reason now come to the minds of people around the world when they think of Pakistan and Muslims at large.

This is perhaps the best last chance that Pakistan has got. This time round, the change has come from the people. A piece of advice for the grand coalition who is ready to deliver, democracy is an outcome of the development of political civilization of mankind. The new government will have a unique opportunity to chart the course of the country in the years to come. They should rise to the challenge. Democracy of a country is generated internally, not imposed by external forces. In the course of this knowledge driven era, the nation have waged unrelenting struggles and made arduous explorations in order to win their democratic rights.

The establishment must aware that overwhelming majority of the people act as masters of state affairs. The establishment should work for uniting hundreds of millions of people to work in concerted efforts in building a beautiful future. Building a grassroots level democracy across the board. The democratic rights of people at the grass-root level in urban and rural areas have been constantly increased, and pondering point is the citizens’ basic rights should be respected and guaranteed.

Undoubtedly, the nation wants a change, a visible and affluent change. No more mulish mindset. No more fake promises. No more tunnel – vision leadership. No more vague direction. Keep promises and be honest. Think out of the box and visualize the remarkable progress of China. It has been the aspiration and dream for the Chinese people to rid their country of its poor and backward outlook, and realize modernization and national rejuvenation over the past 100 years.

Under the dynamic series of Chinese leaderships, after making a range of explorations and efforts over the past 56 years since the founding of New China, China has cast off its former state of abject poverty. Productivity has grown rapidly, overall national strength has increased greatly and people’s life has improved markedly. China’s international status has been elevated, and its international influence is increasing day by day. Especially in the 26 years since the initiation of the reform and opening-up policies, China has created an economic miracle – its GDP has been increasing at an average annual rate of 9.4 per cent, and the general living standard of the 1.3 billion Chinese people has, in general, reached the moderately well off level. It is the unswerving choice of the Chinese people to march toward the goal of prosperous, democratic, civilized, enlightened modernization under the awesome performance of their awe inspiring leaders.

Focusing above, Professor Stanley Wolpert; the author of internationally acclaimed ‘Jinnah of Pakistan’ outlined the five ‘pillars’ of Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s intellectually rich vision for development, “a well developed educational plan, economic and social upliftment, rule of law, political training and the protection of the ideology of a Muslim nation.”

— Syed Naveed Abbas

Courtesy: The News

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