Happy Pakistan Day!
March 23, 2010 § 20 Comments
It’s Pakistan Day yet again. It’s some 64 years since the Partition and we’ve come a long way on the timeline – and perhaps, only on the timeline. Looking around would discern to us a law-and-order not different from perhaps the Partition days. The state institution are as fragile and corrupt. Army, as ever dominant, and terrorist are playing blow-and-kill all around the nation.
Perhaps it was time we let go of the fickle scales about which we have been defining our ideological grounds. It’s about time we stopped creating parallels between patriotism and hatred, racism and selfish, unjustified superiority induced through false versions of history. If only we do this today, if only we define our patriotism today as the love for a nation where we are born and which needs tolerant, responsible beings to come out of the chaos it is in today, we may prevail eventually.
Let’s then banish all brainwashing aimed at giving us a false sense of patriotism. That includes refusing to accept that Indians are paleed, refusing to accept that non-Pakistanis are somehow inferior and refusing to accept that being a so-called Islamic country gives us the token of approval from God to point our fingers at every other nation and play blind to the infinite domestic vices. If we truly are sincere to this nation, then we must adhere to the age-old adage that change begins at home. Or rather, from self.