By Sidra Khan
During the decisive moments of the struggle of independence for all the Muslim community of the subcontinent from the hands of ruling elites of Britain and the overwhelming Hindu majority, founder Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah very rightly pointed “I have no illusions in the matter and let me say again that India is not a country nor a nation. It is a subcontinent made out of nationalities with Hindus and Muslims being the significant countries”.
Upon freedom from the British burden, the great pioneer set his objectives by saying, “I shall be guided by the standards of equity and reasonable play, with no preference or hostility, at the end of the day a nation free of prejudice or partiality. My leading guideline will be equity and complete absence of prejudice and I am certain that with your backing and collaboration, I can anticipate Pakistan getting to be one of the best Nations of the World”.
Pakistan became the first ideological Muslim state of the world brought up by high thought processes and devoted administration at its driving seat by the August 14, 1947. With Remorse, the dauntless establishing fathers of the nation couldn’t proceed for a long and met the destiny once, Quaid-i-Azam passed on in September 1948 following Liaquat Ali Khan in 1951. From that point, Pakistan; the huge endowment of God, is helpless in the hands of lessened administration/leadership which proceeds even to date in either shape. Along these lines, there remains an absence of good administration in the nation, which couldn’t be sorted out by the continuous democratic rulers.
The western discourse of civilizational conflict which is popular in today’s globalized world as a time of “long war”, as the interval from 1945 to 2001 was being measured as the time of “long peace”. These worldwide changes have massively influenced the society of Pakistan both at local and external level. At present, the nation is confronting a frightful level of militancy planned from large groups, hostile to state of Pakistan. In reality the assortment of these dangers has put the autonomy and independence of Pakistan state at stake. Attaining independence and the continuation of protecting that independence along the lines of freedom has turned into a challenge for Pakistani nation.
Keeping in mind the end goal to meet these difficulties the country would be required to work harder than what our progenitors did in accomplishing the sovereignty and independence for us in 1947. While breaking down the difficulties being confronted, and to ensure and defend the freedom, two striking parallels can be recognized: firstly; looking at the historical perspective, there was no framework and institutional setup in the recently autonomous state of Pakistan to start with, as everything was in the zones those turned out to be a piece of India. What’s more, besides the present breakdown of the majority of institutions and organizations of Pakistan, the nations needs to re-orient these institutions , establish new frameworks for the organizations to work which are not the repetition of old frameworks but having essence of history with the capability of modern globalized world.
In the first place let us begin from the two obvious issues confronting the general public one next to the other. There is; the absence of equity at all level and exceptionally low proportion and low level standard of education. As very rightly, highlighted by the Quaid in his aforementioned passage of the discourse, dissent or delayed justice makes the greater part of the ills in the general public.
As indicated by a review, more than 80% violations in the general public are the consequence of immediate or indirect denial or postponement of justice. Without equity, the justice grieved individuals take the law in own their hands, along these lines advance savagery and “viciousness conceives brutality”. The component of savagery has a noteworthy commitment in the progressing militancy in Pakistan, which can be licensed to the non-accessibility of equity. At the political level, Pakistan is a nation where all its provinces have grievances against the Center/ administration or contrasts among each other, chiefly against the bigger one. This variable is significant obstacle in the national integration.
There is a prompt need to understand the slip-ups of past with the thought processes to amend them at three levels; attaining of the basic equity/justice at the level of social setup, attainment of justice through fair and legal way to each native and giving an equivalent treatment including honors and common shares to the provinces by the government. Such steps, would diminish the grievances of masses along with the provinces alike, therefore improving the national cohesion; an entryway for the preservation of the independence.
Asking for justice before education does not lessen its priority. While on the other hand, both are meant to be dealt simultaneously, per say, educations is the way out thus takes a leading role. Education is the essential media for mindfulness among the masses, without which every other part of a general public and a state would stop to exist. Indeed, even procurement of justice owes a ton to the quality education.
An informed lot of masses would better comprehend the cost of independence, in its actual viewpoint rather an uneducated bunch of people. For this reason, there is a need that legislature ought to guarantee steps like: one; a uniform arrangement of education through the nation with no separation. Two; educational framework must have components of patriotism, national interest and national coordination inbuilt in syllabus at all level. Three; among the educated people, the best one ought to be chosen as instructors/ teachers, keeping merit with no political or bureaucratic impact. Four; strict implementation of obligatory education until matric by each youngster in the nation on down to earth terms as opposed to being written on a paper only. The educated youth would get inspiration by perusing the past history of Pakistan and penances made by our senior citizens for accomplishing the freedom, in this manner would attempt hard and fast endeavors to protect it for their own future.
On the short terms basis , there is a need that administration , the chosen delegates at federal and province level or more every one of the media ought to dispatch a gigantic battle for making education compulsory among the general masses, highlighting the noteworthiness of the independence. The young students which are receiving higher education can be assembled in the campaign for quick and durable results. The masses are instructed of the conspiracies being sprung up against the uprightness of Pakistan both inside and also over the fringes.
Independence is a gift, accordingly should be regarded. Today Pakistan is at the cross roads of its history. The country has dependably remained firm in-front of the circumstances dated as far back as the first ideological Islamic state appeared in August 1947. The present difficulties confronting the nation as militancy and danger to its essential philosophy are to be managed on different fronts by each Pakistani. We need to recognize the main drivers and afterward address them completely. Great administration, mindfulness through education, fair-minded equity and tending to the fundamental needs have denied masses would pay rich a profit in such manner.
Sidra Khan currently works for SVI