Pakistan, Patriotism and the Common Man

Pakistan, Patriotism and the Common Man | PakistanTribe.comPatriotism is not about supporting an institution or political party. These institutions of all kinds but mostly political, economical, religious and social have been derailing a lot more than just democracy in Pakistan.

We are in the habit of making a taboo out of everything, patriotic taboos, political taboos, religious taboos and social taboos practiced and created in the name of Democracy, Religion, Patriotism and Social Responsibility. But, let’s put that debate away for another time and talk about Anarchism.
What is anarchism? Kropotkinian definition of Anarchism “….a principle or theory of life and conduct under which society is conceived without government. Harmony in such a society being obtained, not by submission to law, or by obedience to any authority, but by free agreements concluded between the various groups, territorial and professional, freely constituted for the sake of production and consumption, as also for the satisfaction of the infinite variety of needs and aspirations of a civilized being.”
This definition leaves one wondering Do we live in a democracy? How well orchestrated the threads of anarchism are? Is there a disguise that hides it and who reaps the benefit. Recently, the rules of engagement were made clear through a media debacle unveiling the true face of our democracy. Events in the following months are as self explanatory as the rules of engagement. While our social orders deteriorate our media, desperate in the face of overwhelming pressure, makes one mistake after another leaving behind public distrust.
Harmony in our society exists for the proponents of democracy – read authoritarians – and the political stage is drawing audience through feats as sound as that of a cheap musical. Advocates of development argue in favor of the democratic progress when development has become a utopian concept and prevailing anarchy is common man’s reality. Our common man questions and distrusts everything from media reportage to the very concept of social, religious and personal responsibility. These unanswered questions turn many into bombs; imploding and exploding throughout the country.
Last proper public uproar in Pakistan was witnessed during Ayub regime over commodity prices and last celebration over the nuclear blasts; but as anarchist entities grew so did pressure on the masses giving way to several new politically charged entities swaying us further away from development as a nation. So far the only success our “governments” have managed to have is in steering clear of any major public emotion stirring events and on the other “wrapping up” matters has transformed public relief into a receding dream.

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Saad B Murtaza

Saad B. Murtaza is a journalist and creative writer based in Karachi. He has been working as an Investigative/Diplomat Reporter since 2010 and as a Creative Writer since 2008.

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