Monday, October 7, 2013
THE IRONIC REPUBLIC OF EXTREMISTAN
THE IRONIC REPUBLIC OF EXTREMISTAN
After World War 2 in the Indian sub-continent a need was felt for a nation that would provide refuge and be a safe haven for an odd handful of Muslims. So with the help of many Western allies borders were carved and a foundation was formed where the modern world welcomed it with open arms.
Being declared as another "Melting Pot for homeless Muslims" the world wanted to heal its citizens wounds and gave it all the love and attention it desired if not more. This state had all kinds of support and it flourished. Being an Islamic republic it was considered to be the a land of extreme potential because its citizens believed that in a rapidly growing religion that stood upon 5 pillars that defined how one should spend their life on earth.
2. Salat: ritual prayer five times a day
4. Zakat: giving 2.5% of one’s savings to the poor and needy
With these 5 pillars that its citizens followed at one point shortly after its independence this nation had the best Airlines in the world and had the most amount of friends with a strong currency that was respected immensely just as its citizens were. When its presidents and leaders would visit the likes of New York they would get standing ovations and ticker tape parades. This infant country was so respected that the first men on the moon even paid homage to it when they needed some time off.
Today, this state 66years later is referred to as the “ironic Republic Of Extremistan”. Its currency is in turmoil, its leaders are so hypocritical that the west which was its biggest investor and ally now refuse to pick up its presidents phone calls and its citizens in struggling to find their confused identity are more torn apart internally than a social time bomb about to implode.
When one tries to understand “Extremistan” one realizes that its own politicians and extremist sectarian fundos are responsible for its self-destruction. Hidden agendas and daily acts of violence nationwide have set everyday examples and have defined a parallel set of rules on how to violate human rights. Today its citizens are more in fear of their lives and so frustrated that they seem to have forgotten about the original ethos behind which this nation was founded.
Somehow the world knows that this nations was founded as a “safe haven” but in the 1980’s it was a “safe haven for drug dealers” then in the 1990’s it was a “safe haven for arms dealers” and now in the next millennium it is considered to be a “safe haven for violent extremists” that are not accepted anywhere in the world.
Today anthropologists globally are still wondering how could a nation that was founded on love, passion and honest faith have flipped so quickly. Ok bad things happen and not every day is a good day but how on earth could an entire culture throw away all its values that had a firm grip of reality and now be drowning in an insecure daily life of insecurity and unsurity?
If you think I the author am being Cheeky and rude and disrespectful then please do consider yoru surroundings as I ask you a few questions…
1. Is the average citizen in more than 12% debt personally? (Inclusive of personal loans and credit cards)
2. Are you as a citizen safe and secure in your own home and are you truly emotionally and mentally free to walk around with your new i-Phone 5s on the street in Karachi?
3. Do you feel like you are living in a progressive nation or do you feel although your daily life is just another page in the most exciting chapter of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”?
4. How much did your neighbour spend in these so called “tough times” on a prize bull that he will only slaughter to appease the masses that matter?
I rest my case! We are suffering extreme injustice, poverty, at the hands of those who we elected because we ignored the seven deadly sins we were asked to avoid by the Almighty! Irrespective of what religion you follow these 7 sins are the basis of any religion because today we have lustfully pillaged each other’s homes out of greed and indulged in an orgy of gluttony.
There is so much potential and analysts say that it will take an uprising to put matters at rest. Maybe a civil war that will cleanse the ideology of “piri muridi” which runs rampantly is badly required? All I can say is we as a nation are just as guilty as those we blame for our dysfunctional nation because it takes two hands to clap and we allowed this to happen to us…
In a few days when you offer sacrifice to cleanse you of your sins ask only one question… “Is it really worth taking a life if tomorrow it’s back to grindstone of Extremism again?