The Meaning of Independence

As the clock struck 12 last night, all of Karachi was illuminated by the cackling of fireworks. If, for those sleeping at that hour, that noise wasn’t enough to wake them up, the motorbikes-without-silencers, which have become a 14th August tradition, even made their dead rise from the graves to see what the frenzy was all about. They went back to rest in peace once they learned it was 14th August and the celebrations would just last one day.

Pakistan’s Independence Day is marked by the ‘Green Movement’. Local TV channels mask their monograms in a shade of green. Famous landmarks and buildings are draped in the national color too. And it is hoped that the color with the help of the national songs airing from the radio would evoke the patriotism that pays a one day visit to our nation each year.

But ask yourselves this. What does this day mean to us? Just a national holiday to catch up on sleep? A day to dress in green and white and sing ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’? What use is this display of patriotism when once you’re out on the roads you don’t even care for the ambulance with its blaring siren pleading for you to make way in the traffic jam and no one budges? When celebrations for the day are only attended by the most corrupt of the officials ruling our country, do those celebrations mean anything? What does 14th Of August really signify?

I’m a Pakistani who’s lost all hope. I wish someone would give me a reason to restore my faith in this ‘Land of the Pure’.

13 Comments so far

  1. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    nice post @sid.This is teh question i want to ask as well.

    we can imporove if we start admitting our mistakes and try to improvise.

  2. King_faisal (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

    neither life nor pakistan owes you or anyone else a living. if you are unhappy in pak, then move out. unless you are extremely stupid, its not that difficult to find a job abroad these days.

    also i find it appalling that a website that is supposed to highlight karachi is filled with people who so do not represent karachi. karachites are some of the most resourceful people on earth. without much external support karachites still manage to survive just through determination and hard work. moreover something must be going right because people from all parts of the sub-continent have taken residence here and have turned karachi into one of the largest cities on earth in a very short span of time. remember, most of us would not be in karachi if it wasnt for independence.

    and independence came about courtesy of karachi’s favourite son who overcame overwhelming odds to create a country for us. the spirit displayed by karachites is a fitting tribute to the life and achievement of our founding father. the fact that on this most important day in our history, people who run this website cant muster two lines on the achievement of karachi’s favourite son says a lot about how unfit these people are to run a website about our city.

  3. Sameer (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

    Nice post…. good question as well

    magar masla yeh hai kah why do we ask the questions to others why do blame kah dosre galat hain….. main bhi kal phansa tha traffic jam main but i was watching people including me kah sab ko jaldi thi ….we do mistakes….phir dosroon ki keya galti lack of professionalism main tou hum main khud hai…..har kisi ko jaldi hoti hai includin me… aik movie keya ban jaati hai.. aik broadband keya aajata hai hum samajtay hain kah bas hum nai dunya fatah karli…..rules ka khuch nahin maloom dosroon kah rights aur respect karna hum nahin jaantay…. chotay ko baray ki izzat karna nahin aata aur baray ko chotay kah baaray main nahin pata..jahan insaan khud behis hojaye aur us ka apna zameer marjaye tou un ko koi aur keya hope dega….hum nai khud kitnoon ko yahan hope di hai….kitno nai hum nai rules pay chalna seekha hai….keya culture hai hamara?..2 din shayed hum rules ko follow bhi kartay hain magar phir sochte hain choro yaar yahan sab chalta hai….hum main say kitnay hain jo har galat baat par compromise karlete hain sirf apnay faiday kah leye….keya aata hai hum ko?..i am not fond of radio…magar kitna stations thay jab woh start hoye thay tou sirf woh paki songs hi sunatay thay magar aaj..kyun hamare yahan billgates aur lakshmi mittal jaisay loog nahin coz hamara vision hi broad nahin…hum choti choti harkateen kar kah khush hain kah hum nai bohat khuch karleya..hum tou ab tak burger aur melay kah chakkar main paray hoye hain…..anyways…lots of things to say magar sab beekar hai…..

  4. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    @sameer, its nice to see ppl like u still alive
    @faisal: wat u want to say??? sounds like mqm supporter

  5. former bharam baaz (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    I urge the entire urban population of Pakistan to quit BHARAM BAAZI for once. This is the best gift which the silent majority can give to Pakistan on its 60th Birthday.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  6. sumaiyya (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

    to me the reason of this confusion is that we didn’t accept the reality of being a native of Pakistan as yet.we question its creation before till date.if we are so confused than how can we justify our presence at the global landscape.
    a strong belief is the answer to me, because we cant change our faith in any thing whatever the circumstances are or will be, we encountered with.

  7. Khurram Siddiqui (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    Sorry, this may sound very straight forward, but to improve the condition of Pakistan we need to first slow down the mass production of babies. If a couple (2 people) have 2 children, we don’t have a population increase. But if they have 4 children, we’ve doubled in one generation!

    The food supply is limited, the land is limited, in fact, every economic resource is limited in supply. If the demand keeps on increasing, each individual will get less and less of everything. Everything from food and water to clothing and education requires resources that are limited.

    Imagine if our parents had given birth to half as many children. We all would have on average twice as much to our disposal. True material gain should not be our only objective, but it is the only way to have stability, peace and security.

    Inequality is another problem. And you know why the inequality gap keep on increasing. Because poor uneducated people keep making babies and therefore increase the supply of unskilled labor, which in turn reduces their quality of life.

    Man competes with man. Less people, less competition, less corruption, less conflict, less traffic jams, more ambulances reach the hospital on time. A little self-control would go a long way.

  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    @SID – Never lose hope, you sure are a healthy and complete person and am again very sure that you are willing to contribute whatever positive you can towards the country. I wish and pray for your well being. Hops is what gives us all the reason to sleep, to get up next day again, HOPE is the strongest of weapon the Supreme one have given to humanity, it gives us vibrance, vitality, brilliance and a reason to Think positive and move ON, those who lose hope, cease to exist.

    @khurram siddiqui – what you have suggested? am sure you WILL practice 1st, and plan to remain the way you are NOW, and set an example of least a person can implement what they preach. by the way How many children you have, if I do not offend you anyway. –

    I have ONE 13 year old. —

  9. Khurram Siddiqui (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

    @ Jamal Shamsi – Sir, I have no children. And you did not offend me by asking that. What I’ve suggested is not very difficult. I’ve had the opportunity to live in Dubai and the US, because of which I came in contact with many people from India. ALL those Indian families, except for one, had 2 or less children. ALL Pakistani families, except for 2, had 3 or more.

    There’s no big difference between the two groups, except that they plan and we don’t. It’s not difficult to understand that members of a family compete with each other economically, due to limited income. I know of a nice Pakistani family with 4 siblings. All 4 were brilliant students but could not go to college because their parents had no savings at all.

    After a child is born, it would be ridiculous to even consider this issue. I don’t suggest that. What I suggest is to establish a culture of planning, foresight and understanding. Understanding of how this one thing can make numerous improvements in our society.

  10. Imran (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

    Sid, you said:
    “I wish someone would give me a reason to restore my faith…”


    It feels GOOD, 2 b FREE.

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

    I wish someone would give me a reason to restore my faith

    Fix yourself first, it would automatically give you reason to live. Bring changes in you first, it would make impact on others as well.

    Here I am including everyone including myself therefore SID shouldn’t take it personally.

  12. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

    @khurram: ALLAH has bestowed us wid plenty of resources. Its all the matter of utilizing them in well planned manner.

    It was said in 1960’s that if we will not control the population, there would be qehat in 1970, but it never happened.

  13. sumaiyya (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    i agree with khurram views to some extent,as far as the culture of planning is concerned he is right but on the other hand,population didn’t seem to me the real actually is the unequal distribution of the resources.the elite is getting richer and richer and the poor is getting poorer day by day.the real issue is the increasing gap between these two classes.there should be some check and balance of this.

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