I thought things would never go worse during the last elections but I guess I was wrong. This is by far the worst ever election that I have come across in my entire life. I wonder how could one sink soo low just to get in power. We have broken all the records of dirty politics this time.
I have not been able to sleep well for the past month. This politics is actually getting on my nerves; good thing I am abroad or I would have lost it completely. Political campaigning has been reduced to name-calling, and cursing and slandering. It has become a norm for people to give bad names to the opposing party members and leaders and almost kill one another over it. Recent events of torturing animals is a new low. It just raises questions on our mental stability.
Elections have always been a bloody event in Pakistan. Recent bomb blasts have left us all baffled. What is going on. The Mastung bomb blast was the biggest one since the APS event. This raises a lot of questions on the ‘best institutions’ of Pakistan. How can they call themselves world’s best when they couldn’t stop it. A lot can be said about the way media is projecting the whole situation and how there still are censorship policies from the upper end.
A lot have been said about all other things that have been happening too… Some are just unfathomable and leave you dumbstruck as to what are the leaders thinking and where are we heading towards. There are a couple of things that can give you an insight as to what to expect from the people;
1. I have talked about it over and over again that, we, as a nation are suffering from personality cult syndrome. We think our leaders are like gods, who cannot err. If you question any of their decisions or acts, you come under heavy bombardment from their followers and you are left without any rational answer. The questioning makes you an enemy, some rival or person of some other political party who is disrupting the calm and sleek flow of things. We see our leaders as flawless human beings, we can not tolerate a single word that questions their decisions or actions.
2. Like Sarte’s book ‘Colonialism and neocolonialism’ points out that this colonialism is a system where the colonist and the colonized can not break from the system because they fear that they will not be able to run things without this capitalistic way of running things. The colonized are given things like a begger is given some alms, while the colonist have taken over all his land and capital. After 70 years of Independence, these leaders actually act like colonists and have made people into believing that they will starve and will be nowhere if these leaders are gone. The politics of fear- of losing this colonial system, still grips the central poltical merry-go-round of the country. The colonist really never left as these leaders still go the colonial father whenever they are in trouble.
3. It aches my heart to say this but the root cause of every problem that we are facing today is because we have left our Book. In the Quran it says that Enter in your religion and submit ‘completely’. We have been following into the footsteps of the BaniIsrael as they only accepted whatever part of Torah that suited them and left whatever that did not. We, as a nation, have become the same. We follow the Quran only where it suits us and leave the teachings that are not convenient for us. We have created a line in our religion where we think that it is only a personal affair and not something as a whole, as a society, as a nation. We have stopped saying whatever that is bad,bad and whatever that is wrong, wrong and whatever that is good as good. And we have left each other alone as to let them do whatever they want to do… So much for live and let live policy.
In the end I will leave with one last note. When casting your vote do not just look at the person. A person who should lead your country must be Sadiq and Ameen which doesn’t only mean that he is not financially corrupt but also not morally corrupt. Because Sadiq and Ameen means, according to the Quran, someone who is not morally corrupt also. Hazrat Yousuf (a.s) wanted Aziz to know before going to the King of Egypt (and the whole of Egypt, though he says that Allah knows but still this was the way things should be done) that he was not a Khaa’in.