We have a problem .Yes indeed, we do. And that is to blame others for our failings. Whether it’s routine or professional; social or political, it’s never our fault. We are unable to face the fallacies within us. So when I analyze the current situation, I fail to understand why we hold the West responsible for everything that goes wrong. Technically speaking, we are rivals and if we look back into history we see warfare and bloodshed.
In the 19th century, there was never a peaceful moment between us and the British. While the Indians were growing and learning from the West, we continued on with our insecurities and chose to remain behind. Now we have the guts to say that the west has always been conspiring against us. The truth is we are our own enemies.
Lord Clive brought nearly two hundred and fifty men from his country to triumph over us; threw out Babar, killed Yardrum Amer and Taimur. The truth my dear friends is that we have been destroying our selves; we deserve to be what we are today because we have earned it. We point fingers at the ‘Goras’ for targeting the unity of the subcontinent yet we forget the times when Mughal Princes were killing their own brothers and sending their uncles & fathers to asylum. What happened to Mohammad Bin Qasim or Obaidah Bin Jarah? We tell ourselves the conquering stories of our great generals but we never mention what we did to them after that.
Sir Thomas Crow treated Jahangir‘s son, for which Jahangir offered him gold equal to the size of his body. Sir Thomas’s reply to this was: “let us do trade with your country”. The vision they had at that time is something we still don’t possess. What we do is steal money from our own country and then send it to Swiss banks. Some are known as Mr. 10% while others have empires outside of Pakistan. In order to develop the kind of vision the British had at the time and today the interests of the state and the public need to be the same.
Just think about it. Muslims make up around 1.5 billion of the world population out of which there are roughly 170 million Pakistanis. What contribution has such a large population made to its society? We have failed to provide our people with roti (bread), kapra (clothing) or makan (home) or for that matter, anything that can make a difference to their lives. We have turned into intellectual and financial beggars. We managed to give birth to one genius brain, Dr Abdul Salam but I am ashamed of what we did to him and how we paid him back for his services to our country. Some say the clash between the east and west is a clash of civilizations. My question is, are we fit enough to be called a civilization? We make fake life saving drugs, sell expired meat and food, and make our children drink contaminated milk. I wouldn’t call it a clash of civilization, instead I would term it a clash of faith .To call ourselves a civilization is abusing the term itself.
If we have been crushed by the West in the past, are slaves to the West in the present, and if we will continue to be ruled by them in the future, we have got to realize that there is something terribly wrong with us. We have to understand that the problem lies within us and it’s not too late to correct it.