In Quest Of The Missing Leader

By D. Asghar

Hats off to the Nation for completing 63 years of patience and perseverance. You have heard countless promises and utopian speeches about this great nation from various political and non political mouth pieces and sucked it all in like sponges. It is commendable that you have been stripped from your right of determination of your destiny for decades by usurpers, who derailed and fooled you by the phony “doctrine of necessity” excuse. You put up with the so called “guardians of the gates of heaven”, who are only worried about “your salvation.” So much so that these noble and righteous often tend to disregard their own final chapter. You give heed to people continents away, call them your “Brothers” and let them dictate the terms of your daily issues and problems.

You are “independent”, yet you are so dependent on so many around the globe. If independence means getting rid of the “gora sahib” and taking it from “the brown sahib”, then you have been doing a phenomenal job. Ironically, the brown sahib takes the curbing and often violating of your personal freedoms for granted. Unfortunately there is no dearth of such brown sahibs, who tend to creep up any and everywhere you look in the gifted land. They tend to think that independence really meant getting rid of the white skin, and now they can easily replace the firangi by creating their own little kingdom.
Aah, I wish if some one can teach these elites what freedom really means. It simply stands for personal rights of the citizenry, which in turn translate into collective rights and responsibilities of the entire nation. We switch channels on the tube and we find endless number of channels analyzing and over analyzing the issues that plague this magnificent nation. There are soul stirring patriotic songs which remind us of the sacrifices of millions for this precious mother land. Yet, no one really ponders on what the founding fathers really had envisioned for the Muslims of the Sub Continent.

The founding fathers never crafted a thoecratic state. They wanted the Muslims to have the personal freedoms to excel in every walk of life, without being out numbered by the other majority. The Sohni dharti was created to take the Muslims back to their glorious days, where Muslims could become the Astronomers, Mathematicians, Scientists and the great leaders in every walk of life as Allama Sahib has expressed with great finesse in his poetry. However, the reality turned out to be, quite the contrary.

The Muslims who were supposed to be reaching to the stars in quest of uncovering this universe got tangled into this new slavery of sorts, where their personal rights were violated, day in and day out. Freedom and independence begins at a personal level. Then it progresses to the family, and then extended family and so on. The rights of a citizen of a free country are immense and the responsibilities are equally burdensome. However collectively both form such a powerful structure, which can withstand any upheavals.

Every individual has the potential of becoming a valuable citizen and there is no animosity towards the other based on socio economic conditions, geographical existence or linguistic ties. Each citizen has equal rights and there are no distinctions, what so ever. All citizens with all their differences, exist in harmony knowing that their freedoms are protected. The citizens can be their best in this frame work and the opportunities emerge to excel and prosper. The prevailing despair, takes it roots in the gross violations which were committed subsequent to the independence and were repeated for last 63 years in various shape and forms, against the common man.

It is high time for the common man to gain his independence, so he can see the entire glass being full. The common man should realize his potential and the first step, would be to step out of the abyss of ignorance. A nation with real education can understand and decipher its significance and present leaders who are objective. Governance is a glorified form of Management. If the country is run with that mind set by its “informed” leadership, it will never be labeled as a failed state. Collectively, we have to reach to real goal of our founding fathers. We tend to criticize the “goras” for dividing us, yet we have divided and infinitely sub divided ourselves into so many factions that it is beyond any comprehension.

Remember the real quest behind the independence was violation of the basic rights. The Quaid was never a bearded, turbaned, self proclaimed Messiah of the Muslim Ummah of the sub continent. He was a polished Indian Muslim , who was able to walk and talk like a Gora, who had high ideals for his fellow brethren. The nation lacks that kind of a leader who wants to liberate the individual first, from the darkness of illiteracy, poverty and sub standard living conditions. Where is that leader, everybody is looking for. Look no further, that great leader is within you and me. We have to take charge of ourselves, educate and liberate ourselves from the darkness of ignorance. Be objective, be inclusive, be part of this world as the world is shrinking day by day. Are you ready to take the lead? What do you have to offer? The only thing in real demand is a positive mind and the ability to offer ever lasting solutions of peace and prosperity to this world. Can you deliver?

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19 responses to “In Quest Of The Missing Leader

  1. Nasir

    Great article but i dont think that the type of leader you mention exists in the majority of our fellow pakistanis, if that type of leadership gene existed in the common man we would have seen mass protests standing up for ahmadis.

    Having said that there are many noble Pakistanis as well – its just a shame that only our bad apples get all the publicity

  2. DAsghar

    @Nasir,

    Thank you so much for the comments. I have stated that earlier on other forums as well, that the declaration of Ahmadis being Non Muslims has to be repealed by the legislature, when and how it is a million dollar question, but it will happen. I have faith in that.

    The idea of a super natural self righteous idealistic leader has always been an issue for me. First and foremost, my thinking has to be straight and positive. That leader is within me. No matter what the obstacles are, for me the rule of law and the entire world being my domain should be paramount. Whatever happens to anyone around the globe today has a potential of impacting many around the world, within a matter of minutes. Trust me, we have that ability, but our thinking and vision is eclipsed by rhetorical gibberish.

  3. Talha

    As Sir Zafarullah said:

    “I am not a great man. The great man was Mr. M. A. Jinnah our Quaid-e-Azam i.e. Great Leader.”

    Jinnah was undoubtedly the greatest man in our countries history who had the support of great men around him.

    For Pakistan to turn the page and start as the country envisioned by its founding father, we need a leader with a vision and integrity to set things right.

    Facing turmoil and still standing makes a man, Pakistan has a lot of turmoil, lets see if this time produces the leader that we all want.

  4. Interesting post. I wish we find someone someday to lead us – we have been headless for so log now.

  5. D Asghar

    @Talha Bhai & Jalal Bhai.

    Thanks for the feedback. Many thoughts encircle you when you are trying to speak your mind. I have a firm belief that the coming generation of this great nation will definitely be better than ours.

    Reason is plain and simple, they have witnessed the bottom, so to speak. These people are in an information age. Gone are the days, when information was filtered through the mouth pieces of regimes. The information travels within minutes around the globe. We have the talent, the will and the knowledge. We are going to turn a new leaf…After all things can only get better from here. We have very capable leaders within us. They will emerge and shine… Wait and see.

  6. Mr. Asghar, I agree wholeheartedly with your assertion that we need good leaders with the managerial skills, the charisma and the vision that can lead the country forward.

    But I’ll be honest: I’m getting a little tired of the name-and-shame approaches intended to stir this generation of Pakistanis. Fine, everyone knows Pakistan is not “Quaid’s Pakistan,” nor is it a state that embodies all that is enlightened in true Islamic tradition. But I think we need to move forward and go into the practicalities of the issue: how do you create the space for this leader to step in at the top? Sure, continued democracy might be an answer but you’re still stuck with the Sharifs and the Bhutto-Zardaris for close to another decade. And how do you ensure that the best and brightest start to serve the country? If Civil Service reform is needed, how do you produce the will to initiate it?

    So my point is: we’ve never actually grappled with the critical, fundamental questions that beget transformational change. And without that, no amount of shaming or stirring of patriotic sentiment will ever be useful.

  7. Amna Zaman

    The masses have heard infinite utopian speeches promising freedom from the terrorist but as I suggest we will have to take initiative on our own and then eradicate terrorism.

  8. due

    Quote:
    “The Sohni dharti was created to take the Muslims back to their glorious days, where Muslims could become the Astronomers, Mathematicians, Scientists and the great leaders in every walk of life as Allama Sahib has expressed with great finesse in his poetry.”

    This is typical muslims self-deceit and deceit.
    Were these Astronomers, Mathematicians, Scientists etc. really muslims? They had arabic or persian names – but that does not mean they were muslims or derived their science form the kuran. This so-called holy book actually forbids questions, doubts and inquiry. And these Astronomers, Mathematicians, Scientists etc. actually often got into big trouble with the orthodox momin muslims and had to flee. They were born in muslim families, were given arabic names – but their knowledge and scientific methods came from the old greeks, not from the kuran.

    Iqbal was a poet and poets are often unrealists. They may also lie a lot for pleasing others.

    Pakistan was obtained by slandering and exterminating hindus from their homelands, so how can you call Pakistan sohni dharti?

  9. A very good article Asghar, with an ending that all of us should reflect on and take inspiration from. Many Pakistanis, especially the youth, feel alienated from what is happening around them and end up having an apethetic attitude towards the affairs of their own country. While it is true that those at the top have been guilty of pursuing policies that add to the general despondency prevalent in Pakistan, it is no excuse for our attitude either. Stop blaming others for what is wrong in our society and country, and stop looking at others to solve all our problems either. We, as individuals and as a nation need to look at ourselves, and work with each other to take Pakistan forward.

  10. Farukh Sarwar

    It is certainly true that a leader determines the fate of a nation. Quaid-e-Azam was certainly a leader of unmatched proportions and the whole nation is indebted by his work.

  11. @emad

    I am afraid somebody hasn’t sat down with you and talked about the birds and bees.

    In a democracy, a sustained democracy, you will not get the rule of the best; you will get the rule of that lot least offensive to a majority of the electorate. That’s it. So it’s still the Gilanis and Zardaris and Sharifs that you have, the only difference is that you can throw them out, they know it, and they are scared of it. You won’t get a greater handle on things than that.

    Try it. You’ll be surprised; it works pretty well.

  12. Feroz Khan

    Asghar sahib, this was a very heartfelt article from you about the plight of our country. I agree, with your sentiments on the future of the country, but will also caution you that a search for a leader has
    been our curse.

    At the point of irking my old friend YLH, it is time Pakistan moved beyond Jinnah. Realistically, we cannot go back to August 11, 1947 and neither can we go back 1400 years. Pakistan has changed incredibly since independence and our search for a new leader has to be based on the understanding of the present. We need a leader, who take to the future and not a leader, who will be backwards looking.

    I agree, with Jinnah’s August 1947 speech, but also know that it is impossible to implement it. Pakistan will have to compromise, some where, between Jinnah’s speech and our present state of affairs grounded in on the pretexts and premises of religion. There is no earthly way of denying the fact that Pakistan and Islamization of Pakistan under Zia-ul-Haq has changed the tenor of public debate over the future of Pakistan.

    Once the people of Pakistan accept the fact that
    Pakistan this compromise, we will be better positioned to look for a leader.

    Besides, searching for a leader, when the country is itself divided on what it wants a leader for, is futile.

    ciao

  13. DAsghar

    @Emad Bhai, Ms. Zaman, Khudi Bhayyia, Farrukh Bhai, Vajra Bhai and Feroz Bhai,

    Thank you so much for your contributions. Feroz Bhai as always you have nailed it. Like many of my ramblings, this one was of course from the heart. I literally write “in motion”, with too many thoughts engulfing me on a subject. At the expense of sounding a bit hap hazard and sloppy, I pen those thoughts as is. Do not edit a lot, (often mess up on format). My idea is that in the first go, your thoughts are as pure and unadulterated as they are supposed to be. This writing reflected what I feel and I am sure many feel. Thanks again.

    @Due Bhaiyya,
    If you thought I forgot you, no I did not. I do not consider myself a poet but do some “tuk bandi” of my own. Not here of course, but another very popular site. Don’t know much about the rules of Urdu poetry, but do it anyway. I can relate to Iqbal. Any thought has an idealistic and a pragmatic angle. The poets/thinkers evoke the idealistic angle. The leaders carry that idealistic angle to fruition by their pragmatic approach. You need both and without both you have some hollowness somewhere. The rest of your comments, I will refrain from any response, as it will take us to the same old road, we have been travelling on for the last 63 years. I will end by saying with utmost respect, “get a life.”

  14. ramesh

    zia was able to slap or empose his bigoted views on the public because muslims themselves are narrow minded and he found cultivation of his views easy,there was hardly any dissidence in those days.it is only now that we hear voices of dissent.

  15. @ramesh

    Clever of you to spot the fact that Muslims are converting themselves into broad-minded Hindus, Christians and Buddhists, mainly Buddhists, of late. No wonder voices of dissent are now heard!

    A very sharp insight.

    Keep up the good work.

    PS: Apart from the conversions, there are the migrations. Thanks to the Bangladeshis and Afghans, there have been permanent, one-way changes in Pakistani society. Now they allow dissent and all. They should make a smuggled-in Bangladeshi their COAS soon, to show all that anyone can be the ruler of the nation, not just some otherwise unemployed and until now thoroughly unsavoury politicals who got there through silly elections!

  16. @Vajra: Sure, I would be inclined to accept your pessimistic insight if it wasn’t grounded in a false dilemma – in a sustained democracy, isn’t it possible that the least offensive option could be the best option? It doesn’t have to be one or the other, though you’re right in one respect: it doesn’t happen on a regular basis. The Americans will point to Kennedy, Obama and FDR to back the claim.

    And, as I pointed out earlier, there are ways beyond democratic process where you can get good leaders: the civil service, for example, which – at this point – cannot compete with the private sector for talent.

  17. Tilsim

    Emad

    I went over to your blog. Great articles making some very insiteful and pertinent points about our national discourse. Congratulations! Hope you can post over here too.

  18. @Emad

    Just a brief aside on the way to buying an immersion heater and a set of day-to-day use crockery: first, it isn’t a dilemma. Your possibility is a valid possibility, but it isn’t a definite choice at every point of choice – only sometimes. In a dilemma, at every point of choice, one has the choice, the same choice. Sorry to be a logic Nazi, but you do get what I mean, I hope.

    These occasional least offensive options being the best options haven’t happened to us yet. Once it does, I’ll write in. The best I can think of is Lal Bahadur Shastri, and he was almost an accidental choice. A great one, as it turned out, bless the man.

    Whom else can you, or any Indian name?

    Regarding the civil service, there are bright gems and there are dark pebbles. There are very fundamental questions we need to ask ourselves, mainly concentrated on the differing paradigms of centralisation and de-centralisation, on the colonial objectives of rule and democratic objectives, and the tension between the two.

    Ask Hayyer to comment on that; I’m ducking this one😉

  19. Tilsim

    …insightful…. (sic)