Go through the pages of history and you’ll figure out what causes nations to experience a downfall. When Akbar tried to create a hotchpotch of Hindu and Muslim practices through Deen-e-Elahi, little did he know, he was calling his own doom? Yeah that’s right nations who fail to distinguish the fine line between politics, culture and religion often face nothing but disappointment. Unfortunately, we Pakistanis are a victim too.
Everything we say, do or even think comes out of a sad amalgamation of culture, religion and politics, so much so that it wont be wrong to label us as a confused nation. Pick any element of our society and you’ll figure that out yourself.
Let’s start with marriage, one of the building blocks of any society. We would go any lengths to please relatives, distant and close family and what not by throwing at least one function in the name of culture. But little do most families care about “the couple”; the actual match that would reflect on the society later.
Its like we only tend to pick elements from all three; culture, religion and politics and create a sub set that matches our own desires and perceptions; hence turning into a confused nation. We want to make sure our relatives are happy with the wedding arrangements but do not care if the couple in question is the best match. Similarly we want our kids to study abroad at some of the world’s top notch institutes and yet preserve the little sick desi in them to come back and find an IDEAL match. As a result we have a whole set of generation that is so confused, they are hardly following any of the three, be it religion, culture or societal/political norms.
The basis of “marriage” is a whole different story. 25 for the girl and earning in six figures for the boy; those are the filthy standards we base marriage on. Isn’t it? It has been engraved so hard into our system that there is a complete set of people from this generation who are at the verge of being suicidal and/or are experiencing depression only because either she is above 25 and unmarried or he is unable to earn a sizeable income as compared to his age fellows. It is so sickening.
“Finding a match” is also one big issue. Liberals want love marriages but are sadly unaware of the most basic definition of love…conservatives want an arranged marriage where their kids suffocate but do give them grandchildren that too in equal sets like two boys two girls (just to be sure they look like a perfect family to the sick society)
The younger lot that actually has to get married is so freaking confused. Neither religious, nor have political stance and definitely following a whole lot of crap in the name of culture.
And its just not the marriages that are screwed, the education sector and what we are teaching our kids in the name of modern education is also as hollow as you can imagine. We live in an age where the only two sectors that should be “least profit” making are the highest earning ones. Almost to a point where education and health both have become far fetched. At one side we are a third world country with a considerable population that lives below the poverty line. And on the other there is a social class that is willing to pay more than 5000 dollars per annum for the primary I repeat primary education of their kid. Institutes justify this as the only mean to STANDARD education. You need INTERNATIONAL STANDARD education you gotta pay a hefty amount but what happened to MERIT? And please correct me if i am wrong but do this mean that a parent who is paying a lot less for their child’s education, is actually compromising on the educational standards by choice? Ok no fancy rooms, air conditioners and lavish trips and events but what about the standard of education? How does that vary with money? I mean ABC is still ABC and 2+2 is still 4.
Unfortunately in the part of world where we live nothing is STANDARDIZED…people who fail to find a job apply as teachers or young ladies waiting for their prince charming tend to use this noble profession as a time pass. I don’t mean to offend anyone but this is wrong on so many levels. We claim to be an Islamic Republic however the thought of sending our kids to a madrassa scares the shit out of us. Because number 1; will the society accept us? Aren’t we gonna look like we are from the stone age? 2; the madrassas themselves don’t have a clue about what religion truly is. I really liked the thought presented by PM IK that the goal is to consider the kids of madrassas as our own. I don’t know how far he is with that mission but i would really like to see Government institutes with a clear vision to impart modern contemporary and Islamic education through a well-blended curriculum.
The issue remains the same; we are a culturally, morally and politically confused nation.
Politically, the younger lot is naive and the previous generation is so well indulged in generations and generations of slavery that they hardly feel the need to research and update their books.
Health sector with little to no reforms stands same. I don’t want to go into details but we all know that most private sector hospitals are a total rip off. Most doctors prescribe medicine just to benefit the pharmacy where their vested interests are. What makes it worst is being OK with the prevailing circumstances. We have become so dead that morals and ethics seem bookish crap. We in our drawing rooms joke about the filthy state of these private hospitals and yet they continue to operate.
In the name of culture (may the true culture rest in peace) we promote things that have little to no connection to our roots. For us culture is a hotchpotch of Western and Indian practices. Result? We have given birth to a confused generation that simply fails to understand the true essence of culture, politics and religion.
The ISLAM I know teaches us to refrain from coercion, but the Mullah I know tells me to act a certain way or else ill be abandoned. I am asked to follow Islamic principles of honesty, faith and justice and yet its a norm to lie to please the society. My country is named as Islamic Republic of Pakistan but the thought of following Islamic principles scares me. Will I be labelled regressive, conservative, and orthodox. Will the so-called modern society accept as one of them? I am asked to stay away from guys and preserve my desires for my future husband and yet no one follows the Islamic guide to marry kids as they reach puberty. ISLAM teacher us brotherhood and fraternity and yet my Christian brother cannot touch my food. My national flag has a portion marked for the minorities yet they still strive to get a better employment than that of a janitor or musician (often referred to as Miraasi)
I can go on an on and nothing would change, so I believe charity begins at home. With this article I promise myself to play my role in accepting diversity, I pledge to consider humanity as the best religion and I will always exercise my right to vote on the basis of merit.
Long Live Pakistan!!