How can things be so relevant after long time? Ask Pakistan. The text of the founding father Jinnah’s one speech delivered three days before the foundation of the nascent country was not only the defining characteristic of democracy but a settling guideline for the progressive future of the country. Sadly, it was forgotten.
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”
But the questions remain and the answers to these questions given by the state are quite disturbing. Are people really free to practice what they believe in? Has it nothing to do with the business of the state?
Pity that the man who drafted the resolution of Pakistan and the resolution of "Islam" for Pakistan (Objectives resolution, 1949), and most trusted aide of Jinnah, is constitutionally a minority in the country now and the people who are trying their best to convert Jinnah’s sect into minority have very high stakes in the country and its parliament. So much so that almost all political parties including the “revolutionary” ones cannot think to form governments without their support. To fool the world and to work around the requirements set by the financial institutions such as IMF, with whose support the country runs, our security apparatus bans their names, only for them to come again with new names; new registered “welfare” organisations - so much for welfare work. Hence, their “welfare” work, doesn’t stop. They keep on proliferating hatred and keep on inciting violence against other sects.
Nothing can be expected from the state apparatus either, for it has already given in in front of radical demands by fundamentalists (second ammendment, 1974) and it shies away or declines to stand for the rights of minorities. The murder of Salman Taseer and the victories of the political party based on the politics capitalising on that murder in general elections 2018 is the evidence of the reluctance of the state. The blasphemy laws have been weaponised by state and people and are used frequently against opponents, especially minorities.
It is not very far when this madness will take over the country and this fog of hatred will engulf the little remaining sanity. It is in our hands to stop this, though, by refusing to give in to the pressure created by such kind of people, by being inclusive, by being empathetic and thoughtful, by believing in humanity and by understanding the essence of democracy. Only then can we have some hope for a naya (new) or a better Pakistan for every Pakistani regardless of religion, caste and creed. This has to be done for a Pakistan envisioned by the founding father of the country if we truly want any progress.