“The revolution. Ever since the storming of the Bastille, the West has been living a lie called revolution. Ever since that day, this equivocal word has captured out minds like a holy word, to such a degree that it ends up being a synonym of liberty-equality-fraternity, a symbol of redemption and progress, hope for the oppressed.
Ever since that day, the massacres committed in the name of revolution have been forgiven, justified and accepted, the fact that its children are butchered after having butchered has been accepted. The idea that revolution is the cure for every cancer, a panacea for every illness, has been accepted. We still pronounce this word with respect, we respectfully study it, we respectfully analyze it in political and philosophical treatises.
Our respect for the word ‘revolution’ is so great that we dare not contest it. refute it, unmask it and spit it back in the face of the imbecilic and violent people who use it to advance their careers.” – Oriana Fallaci, Interviews with History
Timeless words from a journalist who spent her life in the middle of revolutions all over the world. Her insight thus makes this bit pertinent for what has been going on lately as well.
Pakistan stands at a crossroads – a new sort of revolution is being touted but no one seems to understand the cost of the revolution if it does come around.
A revolution is not bloodless nor its a cause for celebration.
Rarely does it favor the masses but the disillusionment does exist that the revolution will lead to a pastures anew. Pakistan’s political history, like history in general, is a case of circles. After a few years, one simply comes full circle. One sees the same politicians, the same stories but the narrative has been tweaked to address the current status of the issue.
It was the military then, it is the military now. Religion was a driving factor then, it remains a factor now. Politicians may have died but the dynasties remain. A new face springs up with new hope but then their agenda turns out to be driven by naivety than wisdom – Makes one remember the times of Zohra Fona and Pir Sipahi (atleast their stories provided some entertainment) (link – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-104199-Holy-phoonk)
There is a need to look at the bigger picture, take a step back and just look at what else has been going on in the past week – ISIS is distributing pamphlets in Peshawar, girls are not allowed to study in schools in Balochistan and religious outfits are threatening families to send their children to madrassas only to study, sectarian violence is reaching new peaks of ignorance, the economy is taking a beating and Pakistan is lacking in inventions, innovations and patents while our neighbors overtake us in science and technology – are these not causes for concern and thought?
Why grant a yard of grace to the puppets playing in the capital after all the puppet masters live elsewhere?
Change does start from home and it won’t come about when the nation spills out in the streets – that always favors a select class who isn’t even at the forefront while the rest – the nameless, the blameless but the misdirected are butchered in the name of the holy revolution.
There is an urgent need to strive to educate oneself and become opinionated but not jaded by the occurrence of events, A revolution will not be the answer – its not just the system that needs to get replaced, its the foundation of thought that accompanies it as well.