Thanks for your elaborative
remarks on my comments to your earlier posting; Jinnah of Pakistan.
always interesting to read other people’s reflections on ones own thoughts
and especially those who avoid the subject at hand and try to shave a bald
since you have totally misread or intentionally misrepresent as to what, I
have said in my comment, I take this opportunity to explain myself again.
When I am
explaining the difference between the living conditions of Pakistanis and
the way, Muslims are treated in India, I am just observing a prevailing
situation. There are many Indian Muslims as well as non-Muslims who admire
Quaid and there were millions who wanted to come to Pakistan in 1947 but due
to great distances, lack of support from British authorities and fear of
massacres prevented them to leave. Go to Bihar and Hyderabad and talk to,
people. I would never blame those who were left behind or stayed behind.
They are poor not because they are not admirer of Quaid but because they are
treated as third class citizens in India, just above the Dallits.
every right to doubt the sincerity of Quaid but do it on solid grounds,
research and with a purpose; otherwise it would be no more than conjecture.
When you say that Quaid-e-Azam’s
real aim of creating Pakistan was not a secular democracy because he lacked
courage and had another vision, namely an Islamic state and his hesitation
is a sign of his doubtful sincerity, you indulge in rhetoric which is not
backed by historians and scholars.
I strongly believe in
self-criticism, but not in self-denial or self hate which some modern day
Pakistanis academics, intellectuals and journalists indulge in.
You keep on saying
that Pakistan is a religious state. If that was true, then how come,
religious parties do not get more than 3% votes in national elections? Just
look at the lat election. Who won, not the religious parties but PPP, MQM
and ML (N).
I gather that you believe that secularism
entails that there should be no state religion or equivalent, meaning a
state which is totally cleansed of religion.
If we were living in
an ideal world, it may be possible to have a perfect secularism but there is
no country in the world, where there is total separation of state and
I live in Denmark,
which is proud to call itself a secular democracy. So some extent, it is
true too but if you dig deeper, you will find that the Danish king or Queen
has to be a Christian, the country has a State paid Ministry of Churches,
State pays for the upkeep of its churches and pay the priests, a big red
Cross in its flag, the parliament starts its session with a Christian mass,
is closed on Xmas and Easter holidays and the list goes on and on.
The reason, I cited
Quaid’s statement which clearly separates State and religion, is to show you
the true intentions of Quaid. You can reject it or accept it but the
historical events are not dependant on your whims.
achievement was the creation of Pakistan, whose air we have been breathing,
on whose passport we have traveled and which would always remain my
identity. We like it or not but this is the fact. You may call me a
nationalist or a naïve patriot. Pakistan is a reality and what we do with
it, is our sacred duty, responsibility and not Quaid’s. The sad situation,
Pakistan finds itself is not due to lack of appreciation of secularism on
Quaid’s part, or Islam’s role in Pakistan but the miss management by
politicians, establishment and many external forces. By the way, I am
totally non-practicing person when it comes to religion, so you cannot point
a finger towards me for being a religious person.
That is why, I find it
futile to discuss in 2010, if Quaid was a secularist or a lover of Islam. I
hope that people like you would understand it.
In the end, may I
recommend two books, which may give you some food for thought and shed the
true light on Quaid’s dreams and aspirations?
First, Verdict on
India by Beverley Nichols.1944, especially the chapter; Dialogue with a
Giant. The second book is: Jinnah of Pakistan by Stanley
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