Sunday, August 28, 2011

Muhammad Iqbal, Confused Pakistan & Two Nation Theory!!!

To me Pakistan as a person is struggling to dig its identity. Is it an Arab? An Indigenous Indus man? Or somebody else?

Many books have been written to explore Pakistan’s reason d'etat, Barrister Etizaz Ehsan’s book THE INDUS SAGA IN THE MAKING OF PAKISTAN comes in my mind.

Both liberal and right wing historians try to present their own perspective but as an ordinary Pakistani, I always end up with confusion. If Pakistan was created on the basis of Two Nation Theory then who will guarantee the rights to religious minorities in Pakistan. Why “Muslim/Bengali” women were raped and thousands killed in East Pakistan? Whenever I come across Mr. Jinnah’s 11th August speech it creates doubts in my mind regarding the concept of Two Nation Theory & our reason d’etat!!

As Baloch, when we demand for equal rights for our language, people frown and question our patriotism. In school, as kids we are forced to learn basics in URDU ‘an Indo Aryan Indian Language’, verses and characters of alien India or Arabia are forced upon us. Characters such as Mohammad Bin Qasim or Tipu Sultan, all are alien to Baloch kids. At home Baloch kids grow up hearing names & characters such as Chakar & Balach but find them nowhere in history text books in school. Historically colonial powers used to impose history of conquerors and ignore indigenous characters & heroes.

Lately I came across an interesting debate on T.V, vocal Marvi facing right wing Zaid Hamid, she eloquently presented the irrelevance of Two Nation Theory. She also highlighted an interesting fact that Iqbal had role in the making of Pakistan. Iqbal wrote following letter to the editor “The Times, 12th Oct 1931” it clearly shows Iqbal never wanted division of India;

http://pakistanmediawatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Iqbal-letter.jpg

Marvi’s discussion reminds me of an interesting book THE MURDER OF HISTORY written by KK Aziz, it also makes me wonder, can we build nationhood based on the foundation of false history?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

But if you read the letter to Editor, isn't Iqbal still saying that he is a proponent of Two Nation Theory, and at this time he isn't demanding it, but rather saying it.

I don't think this letter shows that Iqbal didn't believe in Two Nation Theory.

I hate TNT, but still I hate those people more who can't comprehend English or try to interpret history.

Anonymous said...

Where was two nation theory, when Bengalis were raped and killed ???

Anonymous said...

Imran,what you wrote makes a lot of sense. One thing that have got to remember is that through the ages, justice is a Utopian concept. All of of us in our own way suffer because of injustice. "death of one, murderer; of millions, a hero." Javed Sadiq

Anonymous said...

A thoughful post!
Very true that regional policies and especially the eduation system in Pakistan is flawed. History is distorted in Pakistani text books. Islam and the history of Pakistan has been hijacked by a few - whom media is imposing on everybody! Every Tom, Dick and Harry is an analyst, expert and a think tank - no wonder too many cooks spoil the broth.
Somebody put it very beautifully that Pakistan was a nation in search of a country but now we are a country in search of a nation!

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kainat zehra said...

but its not mistake of pakistan or two nation theory... If you were living with india,you were also not happy there...actually the people disappointing for little little things can never be happy.....As a sindhi, i have also learned urdu from basics, but as a pakistani i love it,because first i am pakistani,then any other recognisation...you balochis and muhajirs are only for weakning pakistan,nothing else :/