Posts Tagged ‘change’

“It is not an end, but means to an end!”


Posted @ LahorePostBlog

30th October 2011, a new ascertained historical landmark for Pak history textbooks, when a crowd of 500K characteristically declared solidarity with Imran Khan against Pakistan’s inept regimes, at the symbolic venue of Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore. Analysts say it was the largest congregation of its kind in the last 40 years and a tipping point in Pak political history. The divine crowd was a representation of all the socio-economic strata of society, sects, and religions- a happening rarely witnessed in the class-stricken, religious intolerant Pakistan. Samson Sharaf from PTI, credited for bringing thousands of Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians to the congregation. “Imran Khan to reconstruct Jinnah’s Vision.” he tweeted, earlier that day.

As the lion of Pakistan roared, he commenced by eulogizing Jinnah and Iqbal as his political and religious mentor, respectively. Khan shared a brief policy outline, sketchy, covering almost all core issues faced by Pakistan today. Undoubtedly, the mighty khan has implicitly proven himself as a concrete political contender. My heartiest condolences to the envious cynics and the bereaved pessimists!

Moving on, Pakistan craves for a leader-in-charge who may not have to be one hell of an orator, but certainly a sterling planner, exceptional administrator, committed and willing to produce the promised change. Luckily, Khan is that champion. Albeit, Pakistan today cannot afford a change akin to Obama’s.

Team Imran Khan, should therefore, rapidly move on to the next STEP. Three core issues to address. One- vote registration. Masses, particularly in villages, don’t even have their ID cards made, forget about votes. NADRA and Election Commission needs to look into that. Moreover, the urban youth, otherwise motivated, inclined for change, is undermining the gravity of vote registration. Media can play a major role here in reaching out to them.

Two –Policy. The Irony of governance practices in Pakistan has always been an absent implementation, policy making never was. Since politicians always had stakes, policy enforcement hardly happened, merely slogans and rhetoric. Reversing this trend and a policy of “Right man at the Right grade” will yield results (otherwise, governance is no rocket-science). Still, for team-IK, policy papers be made public, without fearing copycats. By doing so, professionals who are otherwise neutral or apolitical can assist in modification or revision. A think-tank, inviting and incorporating accomplished professionals, (including expats) may be considered.

Three- Candidate Selection. Khan now an established Kaptaan, should know, he is the highest bidder. So choose the best. Selection credentials, therefore, for fundamental positions be elevated and there must be zero tolerance for the opportunists. Personally, I do not really agree with this notion of media gurus of having political heavyweights as a marker of success. Why so? When even the cleanest of them all are also stained.

The hulking support, unconventional and non-compromising politics, credibility, and his achievements for Pakistan, now makes him holier than the establishment – the weakest today in Pakistan’s history. They might need him-he does not need them. Therefore, irrelevant mud slinging is not required, as it is the weapon of cowards, effete, and incompetents.

Most important: critics should refrain from equating his supporters to GHQ puppets -that is major insult. The military top brass and Jawans, not a supernatural force, also represents a sample of 180mn Pakistanis, so any support within the army ranks or frank admission of his solid power by them should not come as a surprise. Nevertheless, they or any other forces for that matter, if illicitly attempt to hinder the change he promises, will be swept away by the Tsunami that has only begun!

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Supreme Court is the new GHQ in Pakistan


….But can it eloquently dispense Change?

History has witnessed FOUR Marshal Laws in Pakistan. Pakistanis are well aware, what happens when their politicians get too naughty to handle! But, state of affairs have taken a new course lately never seen before in the history of Pakistan. NRO scam, Swiss scandal, row over 18th amendment, clash between judiciary and presidency, but eccentrically resilient higher judiciary in the absence of substantial military intrusion is new to this part of the world. Therefore, consequence is unseen.

Rumors about “investing” in judiciary have been around for a while with scams of Nawaz bribing judges and “Dr” Awan buying off lawyers. It seems the buzz has taken a practical course now! As a significant verdict of Supreme Court concerning NRO is approaching, it appears all the parties are playing their cards in the best of their interests!

“Change” is the new change in the rapidly evolving Pak politics, which escalated after the world witnessed empathic attitude of govt officials and their poorest governance in providing flood relief. While military continued the relief silently, it re-emerged as a leading and regimented force, wining hearts once again. So much so, that the discourse eventually lead to talks about, army interference in some way and bringing in technocrats to govern, have started. There are rants about alternate options for in-house change. Political Parties are uniting, and, new parties are being created in an attempt to enter power corridors. Talks about midterm elections after establishing a free election commission are in vogue. Some predict a revolution is about to happen bloody or soft. Contrary to all the fuss, some are still adamant that everything is perfect, and that they will complete their tenure and will be re-elected! (God forbid)

All options come to a dead-end. Only possible change is through judiciary now. Nevertheless, the recent tussle between judges and lawyers undermine its impression as a responsible institute. Chief Justice restored by the people after a worldly acknowledged campaign against two consecutive governments, though many do not admire, but now carries a huge responsibility on his shoulders. Moreover, even though he himself is an ex-PCO judge, but will now have to live up to the expectations of people, defending his oath and maintaining sacredness of his office. NRO ball & 18th amendment is now in his hands, which will undeniably change the pattern of future politics in Pakistan towards a positive side. Otherwise, only bringing about in-house change without tackling the “supreme commander” and other NRO beneficiaries will yield absolutely no change.

While in this post-Musharraf era, GHQ has resolutely distanced itself from political endeavors, striving to regain the pride army enjoys in Pakistan and is quite successful in achieving that so far. GHQ has limited itself to war on terror, and now flood rehab, with no direct political involvement whatsoever. In addition, the COAS enjoys the repo of being “pro-democratic”. In this vacuum and realizing the new powers of judiciary, SC has become the new battleground between lame, immature politicians and judges. Only difference is, as compared to generals and military; the lawyers, and judges enjoy a far more corrupt reputation. Considering the recent bar-bench brawl, question is will the course of events be in favor of the country or judges?

Army being the only established institute in Pakistan had to intervene, unconstitutionally though, in times of crisis. Judiciary being one of the most corrupt institutes has the exceptional opportunity to intervene constitutionally, in the times of crisis.

Will the judiciary be able to dispense soberly what GHQ has been delivering for decades – A change??    No one has the answer yet, but the answer lies with judiciary!    Fingers crossed!

Posted @ Let us Build Pakistan, GlobalVoices

PakSpectator

“Is religion possible?”


This was a question raised by Allama Muhammad Iqbal almost a century ago & he himself than gave a clear and precise answer & presented with clear-cut guidelines to make it possible in the modern world.

Iqbal perfectly eradicates qualms of the Islamophobes & outline design to moderate radicalization. Seculars, liberals & wannabe/ pretentious liberals (another class I have noticed!), extremists &fundamentalists should leave their stubbornness and settle somewhere in the middle. Why can’t we settle for a Modern, Moderate, non-theocratic, Islamic Republic?

“Quran embodies an essentially dynamic outlook on life” he goes. “Quran considers it necessary to unite religion and state, ethics and politics in a single revelation much in the same way as Plato does in his Republic.”

We don’t need to be secular to have a modern outlook coherent with 21st century. Neither do we have to adopt radical approach, follow unsuited, inconsistent & irreconcilable laws, in order to prove faithful, practicing Muslims. Iqbal has a way out of it!

Iqbal has deep inspiration from the Turkish religio-political thought process. His Turkish inspiration is not limited to Rumi but he’s also moved by their religious reconstruction course and their willingness to move to fresh religious interpretations.  To date we can specifically see that Turkey is one Muslim state which is nominally secular, but practically Islamic!

I perceive, he advocates drastic changes in the existing Islamic schools of thought as he defies & criticizes older laws & revives the concept of Ijtehad & Ijma with a view to rebuild the laws of shariah in the light of modern thought and experience. As he says, “Equipped with penetrative thought and fresh experience the world of Islam should courageously proceed to the work of reconstruction before them”. I am sure this is the Pakistan he meant, when he gave the idea of a separate Muslim ideological, ideal state. “Conservatism is as bad in religion as in any other department of human activity” he goes.

Imperative point here is, Ijtehad must only be done by “khudi” indoctrinated; enlightened scholars & intellectuals open to innovation. Frankly, such individuals are scanty in the world today. (Imp: Along with other credentials, khudi essentially includes surrender to one God & ultimate love for his Prophet(PBUH).Islam cant get away without Muhammad(PBUH), it seems, I m sorry!!)

Iqbal,s panislamic concept is not precisely what mullahs have portrayed for years. Iqbal understands the veracity & politics around. His concept is simple & pragmatic. He sensed that Muslim countries are too week to be combined together to build a caliphate. Instead, as step-1, they should up-grade themselves independently. His impression of caliphate is that of “league of nations” i.e., somewhat similar to a UN body or say EU of our times. In his own words, “For the present every Muslim nation must sink into her own deeper self; temporarily focus her vision on herself alone, until all are strong and powerful to form a living family of republics”

“It seems to me that God is slowly bringing home to us the truth that Islam is neither Nationalism or Imperialism but a League of Nations which recognizes artificial boundaries and racial distinctions for facility of reference only, and not for restricting the social horizons of its members”

Unlike mullahs “ameer-ul-momineen” monarchic dogma, he advocates caliphate to be a Republican type of government with power shared by one assembly, and not overruled by one person. Albeit, Supremacy lies with God.

His concept of democracy is a “Spiritual Democracy”. “As two hundred thick brains altogether cannot yield what a single visionary can”. He advocates spiritual enterprise as a fundamental leadership credential. Like Paulo Coelho rightly tweets, “Spirituality is not all about meditation & prayer, you have to act it!”. Following Iqbal, if we make nobility, integrity & honesty the criteria to choose our leaders instead of lingo-provincial based sectarianism, we can readily get out of this political turmoil for good and can have provident & farsighted men as leaders.

Nonetheless, all this sounds very idealistic & dreamy. But, than what else do you want a separate state for? And, at least we have been given an objective to accomplish, a challenge to encounter & an impossible to achieve.

This is peanuts, compared to what is encoded in his message. Pakistani intelligentsia, having degrees from the best uni,s all around the globe should  build their self-esteem and come out of Islamophobia.  They should understand the real spirit of Islam & for that understand Iqbal to counter extremist thought process. If we aren’t doing it, who will?

However individual responsibility aside, but more than that it is the responsibility of the state to understand & dispense the right message & provide healthy, ambulant & yielding religious environment. And, if the government is not doing it, than change the govt!! And, If we aren’t doing it, who will!!

Posted @ Pakistanfirst http://pak1stanfirst.com/201007232547/articles/letter-to-editor/is-religion-possible.html

Pak spectator

CHANGE: yes we can!


Exceptions aside, in general the duplicitous, ineffectual leadership we have, in and out of power show the exact representation of the public at large in terms of conduct & virtuous behavior. For proof compare the first & the last page of every daily newspaper, it gives simulating characters of leaders on the front page & the nation on the last. Then why so much resentment??

Probity is on the decline. Brutality, slaying, bigotry has always been high enough &is still on the high road. How many times a stolen mobile, a bag left in a shop, a wallet having your id & address been returned to you? The list is endless. The same deception and dishonesty than translates further up the ladder.yes we can

Leaders represent disposition of nation.

Dignified nation; dignified leaders

Iqbal goes,

khuda ney aaj tuk us qoom ke halat nahee budli

naa ho jis ko khial aap apni halat key badalney ka

Since we are in a perturbed “what to do?” state of mind, theirs no way these politicians will let us live in peace & we cannot reckon on “Samraat of democracy” for another 3 years. They will swap & the game will go on. Personally, I beleive in solutions & not plain grumbling over issues 24/7. I feel,the least & the best we can do in these circumstances is to change ourselves with a faith & intent that this transformation will than translate as a changed & charged leadership. Lasting change is the change from within.

As adversity is the best teacher; today, is the best time to get to grasp our ideology & Iqbal,s philosophy. Rationally, Iqbal is the only solution to our chaos-ville. To be acquainted with Iqbal is hard-hitting; to virtually apply him in our lives is far more challenging. But, we must gear up now to brazen out this challenge, or else we are doomed.Iqbal.

The privileged has more liability than the poor. Teaching the deprived tolerance is not compassionate; they have already been weathered to their limit & are in a condemnable state. Instead, it is imperative for the privileged to revolutionize, bring down their contentment thresholds, and demonstrate endurance and that change will than spread around.

Earn hilal! A great deal of emphasis is laid on eating hilal food, but not much on earning hilal. There are sumptuous resources enough for everyone in Pakistan. It is the corruption & the distribution which is unmerited. We are all wholly aware of the earnings & expenditures in our homes, if you see an imbalance, correct it.

Limit expenditure! People are getting more & more brand cognisant than ever. What was earlier a luxury is now becoming a necessity. We are a budding nation in chaos, in deep debt but living the dream of not even ordinary but elite class west in terms of lavishness &style. You don’t really need to live a Spartan’s live, just lower your expenses couple of levels below what u can afford & offer the excess to charity.

Change role models! Instead of looking up to pretentious, superficial movie stars &fashion icons, change the perception of the person you want to be like. Follow the resilient, the dignified & the honest. They are all around us. Follow Quaid, Iqbal & alike.

Work on your khudi. You hold it. Tag on Iqbal. Preserve your self respect. Live with dignity, self reliance & exalted self-esteem. Believe in & surrender to one Allah. Adopt the highest moral values our Prophet (PBUH) possessed & make him (PBUH) your role model & gold standard. Change should come from within you & shouldn’t be superficial.

Toughen up! Be enthusiastic to burn yourself to beget change. Develop forbearance & perseverance.

Sacrifice. Build up selflessness & magnanimity. Universe works on a give & take rule.You have to give in to get something back from the nature.

Stay positive. Deliver optimism & hope. Demonstrate commitment, passion, and excellence in your studies & work with an intention to serve Pakistan. We will thrive & all the material stuff we previously longed for would come anyway with the package.

Sabak phir purh sadaqat ka, adalat ka, shujaat ka

Lia jaey ga tugh sey kaam duniya ke amamat ka

“Humanity needs 3 things today-

A spiritual interpretation of the universe,

Spiritual emancipation of the individual,

And basic principles of a universal import directing the evolution of human society on a spiritual basis.”-Allama Iqbal in reconstruction of the religious thought in Islam.

Posted @ : The Pakistani Spectator, PakistanFirst.

 

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Crying in the wilderness


Oppression is worse than death.  Freedom is bliss. Ultimate freedom is ultimate delight. My soul yearns to breath in fresh air, clear my head, break all the chains & soar high. One doesn’t have to be week to be oppressed.  The wicked, the immoral, the mighty can use weakness of the strongest to bully, to destroy. And this is the worst of any oppression.

 The weak subjugates, the stronger frustrates, and the strongest frustrates the most, gets bunged up altogether. The strongest goes through the worst of the mental turmoil.  Your Strengths become your weaknesses. There remains an ongoing war between hope & despair, heart & mind.

A nation like ours, in distress is going through hell like this. Not because it is week, or incompatible. Instead, A sturdy, resilient, brilliant nation, a steel headed nation, but chained, coz it is being ruled by the weakest, lousy leaders ever in her history. Further weekend by the US bully using the leaderships’ weaknesses’ to gear her to disaster.

NRO before, 18th amendment now- I see no difference, superadded by ruined economy, unemployment, price hike & load shedding, all because of incapacity of the higher authorities to govern. Our sovereignty is at stake & self-respect is being compromised like never before.

The weakest have subjugated, the stronger are getting frustrated, and the strongest who can gear us out ,are probably blown up to an extent that they are out of thei mind or are unsure what to do.

They are the first ones who need to wake up, to reorganize their minds & revolutionize. Time to ameliorate.

The Pakistani Spectator

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