Nation or Crowd
WE ARE SUCCESSFUL INDIVIDUALS LETS BECOME A SUCCESSFUL TEAM
Written in the year 2000, reproduced here with minor changes and with an endnote
Umer Raza Bhutta
Pakistan is a country of approximately 180 million people. 180 million, Which make it the world’s 6th largest country in the world in terms of population. Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to talk a few of these 180 million people. Of course out of these 180 millions few must be a good number, if not in hundreds of thousands but certainly in thousands. Among these few people, there were big industrialists, small business owners, government officials, salaried people, shop keepers, street shops owners, students, teachers, policemen, army men, social worker, human right activists, and also beggars, hawkers and of course women. Talking and sharing their view about certain things, there are some very healthy and encouraging signs. These signs show me the path and encouraged to do whatever I can to produce the best from myself and try to ameliorate the collective misfortune that has befallen upon us. One thing was common in all of these people. “They all really loved Pakistan and wanted to do something for the country”.
Each of the above mentioned group has a very sound knowledge about what is right and what is wrong, about whom to blame and whom to admire. Everyone is aware of the fact that whatever has happened so far with this beautiful country is because of the corrupt politicians and of course our own mistakes. Everyone is mind full of the dream of Allama iqbal and understands very well the philosophy behind the thoughtful teaching of this great 20th century poet. Moreover, everyone is humble enough to acknowledge the tiring effort put in by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. His message of unity, faith and discipline rings loud in our ears. His message still proves us the vitality of the truth with which these were spoken. This is the Pakistani nation that cannot forget all that it’s Founders have done for them and is willing to put its best effort in following the Quaid’s path and Iqbal’s dream.
We remember Germany for its hard work after the disaster of the Second World War. Japan is also a symbol of success. But we know ourselves too, and believe that we are happy nation producing great minds and hard working hands. From the very well known miseries of the time of independence, can someone imagine the hard work this nation put in? We have produced the mighty sports men that have rocked the world. When the world will talk of squash it will never forget to mention Jehangir Khan and Jansher Khan. Similar is the case with the name of Fazal Mehmood, Hafiz Kardar, Imran Khan, Javaid Miandad, Wasim Akram in cricket and Sami ulla, Hassan Sardar, Shabaz Ahmed in Hockey. When we talk of media and TV productions we have a long history of classic TV productions. When we talk of writers we have even longer history of creative writers and journalists. In short every individual is holding tight to its place.
Not only this we have produced brilliant minds of science. Dr. Abdus Salam, a Pakistani winning the noble prize. Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan the scientist par excellence and still a number of scientists of Pakistan working all over the world. Not only this we have human heart, too. Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi, the world-renowned social worker from Pakistan has his name in the Guinness Book of world Records for biggest volunteer ambulance organization
What is lacking in this country and nation? We have high peaks and sandy deserts; we have large seas and beautiful forests. This is the nation that has produced pearls in every field. Those are the lucky ones who have the chance to do something for this nation and should take pride in working for the nation. They, too, are not unlucky who leave Pakistan for better opportunities since they go out and become a flag bearer in the foreign land. But do not forget the fact that this is the land that has bore your burden for many years and finally you owe a lot to it.
We are no doubt successful individuals: Now we need to be a successful nation as well. Using all our scattered energies and all our dispersed efforts we still have to go a long way, by combining them into a team efforts make successful nation rather than just successful individuals. The past is gone we loved every minute of that: the present is here we need every minute of it: the future will be bright with us being “one” happy individual and 180 million happy people: Thus making a happy nation representing the genius of two brilliant leaders “Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal”.
The above piece was written around 14 years ago. I still believe as individuals we had been great and still continue to be so, but as a team we do not deserve to be anywhere. All these last years, since the time I wrote the ambitious article with the thoughts and dreams of seeing Pakistan as a successful team, I have seen the down word spiral of the nation. I am sounding cynic here, yet this is what it is. I know there are many positive changes to count in Pakistan. A vibrant Youth, a flashy media, road networks, a growing democracy and of course some good businesses. While I am not losing hope for the development and growth and future of Pakistan, what I tend to believe is that these are all cosmetics. The changes that happen shall remain superficial and may continue to allure us. During this process has anyone noticed the images created and deep imprints carved in our minds and youth through the billboards on the boulevards across Pakistan, through the media programs, social media and pseudo Alams (on line and on TV). If you could not get this, I invite you to roam on the roads tonight with your kids and focus on the huge billboards of advertisement, showing faminity in different colors and poses. I invite you to see any drama or a fashion show. You will know where we are heading and what these pseudo Alams have been doing. This is just one aspect of the images that have been planted, I am sure only through this, our next generation will react quite differently (than how we did) a decade from now, had this trend not being stopped. Another aspect is the large, lucrative and customer friendly network of Banks and through it the promotion of interest at all levels. Suffice to say here that “Jabir said that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) cursed the accepter of interest and its payer, and one who records it, and the two witnesses, and he said: They are all equal”. Source; ‘The Book of Transactions (Kitab Al-Buyu`)’ of Sahih Muslim.
(This is a different topic and InshaAllah we will write something on this soon)