Implosions in Pakistan

Terrorism is Pakistan is fast spreading and engulfing the nation as never before. The worst part is innocents – kids, ladies and elderly fatalities that often leave brutal consequences of exponentially rising orphans and no caretakers and humungous misery lasting for generations.

Often, it brings a moot point to the fore, ‘Pakistan is Imploding’, from its home grown radicalism and fanning terrorism. It is time, this menace be stopped with a multipronged approach. It is a nation in turmoil and the global community need to help and guide the destiny of those innocents.

Its truly sad to see innocents die. As a phenomenon, I feel concerned how long this implosions will last. Sincerely speaking, we ought to help Pak stymie terrorism and usher into an era of prosperity, since that’s one major way to stifle internal strife. However, simply providing economic opportunities won’t suffice to contain this phenomenon, religious leaders ought to drive towards more openness and rational resolution rather than aggressive suppression. While doing so, Pakistan itself has to distance religion from military establishment. This is a classic example where religion and military make an ideal milieu for aggression and ruthlessness. We still have Turkey with its brand of Islam. They are not aggressive like Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia?

https://www.rt.com/news/382942-pakistan-mosque-explosion-attack/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pakistan-shrine-sufi-killings_us_58e10aa3e4b0b3918c8434e5

Also read, …a broken promise or grand deception  http://wp.me/p7XEWW-Oo

… a broken promise or a grand deception?

I have appended a 4 minutes video from the BBC archives along with my comments. After listening to this video, a question came to my mind, even though posthumously, why should Jinnah not be tried for war crimes?

The broken promise has a reference to the history that caused a deep impact with implications reverberating for centuries in the lives of the people within the South Asian Continent comprising of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who envisioned a Muslim state, carved out a country on seemingly unrealistic and perfunctory ideology of artificially bringing people under the guise of nation, exploiting the religious and cultural sentiments amongst the Muslim population of United India.

Readers are advised to listen to the attached recorded video clip by Jinnah on the creation of Pakistan. This clip was sent to me by a Pakistani friend, and the accompanying blog is the discussion I had with him. This friend has deep roots with India and I often exchange secular opinions about Muslims (aggression) and Hindu backlash and rightwing consolidation.

Little background

Pro-Independence Movement in India was dominated by two polar political alignments, those representing the grass roots, irrespective of religions, such as pan British India based Indian National Congress, represented mostly by leaders from Hindus, Muslims and Other Religions. These were supported by regional independence movements such as Khudai Khidmatgar and Khaskars, geopolitically located in the north and northwest British India. Though the latter two were led by Muslims, they were secular and had a vision for undivided India under the rule of Hindu-Muslims.

Summary

Muslim League, collectively represented by Nawabs and Mullah’s, was formed to mainly protect the interests of smaller pockets of Muslim sultanates and religious Mullahs. It is noteworthy that Muslim League was not formed or represented by common man amongst Muslims. Muslim League exploited the sentiments of the Muslim common man, without whom they could not conceptualize the idea of Muslim nation. Jinnah and his predecessors spearheaded this ‘Two Nation’ Theory at the costs of poor and middle class Muslim. It should be noted that Muslim League is not synonymous with Muslims, and not all Muslims were in support of ‘Two Nation’ ideology. Common Muslims were misguided into this trap and Jinnah was responsible for eliminating other Muslim dominated Pro United India movements. Had the Khudai Khidmatgars (Frontier Gandhi aka Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan) or Khaskar’s dominated the Muslim community and their perspectives, Muslims would have never been misinterpreted and we possibly would have not seen today’s radical polarization dominating our contemporary national and international politics.

Understanding Muslim League

In Pakistan, many consider Mohammed Ali Jinnah a visionary and father of Muslim state. Like scores of Indians, I share a very contradictory opinion about his legacy. However, I go a step further and propose Jinnah should be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Despite knowing that such separation would inflict immensely deep wounds on those directly affected and the future generations living under the shadows of such mass amputation and exodus. Despite being aware of the catastrophic proportion of human problem both materially, psychologically and ideologically, he pushed his agenda on separation from India, deceptively eliminating pro united India Muslims organizations such as Khudai Khidmatgar, Khaskars (to establish Hindu-Muslim government after defeating British ) and carved out a land for Muslim based on the religious precepts. Contemporary history speaks volumes about Pakistan as a failed state and many may know that Bangladesh, once a part of Pakistan, separated from West Pakistan after a bitter subcontinental fight secondary to exploitation and ideological differences.

A tale of two brothers

I often compare the history of India and Pakistan to two brother separating and starting on an entirely different journey. India and Pakistan, both were equally impoverished in every other way after independence. Today, India is leading in every sphere, right from human rights, vital parameters of health, industry and other spheres of influence. It dominates space technology, medicine, information technology, agriculture, engineering, including theatre, arts, culture and cinema. Pakistan, on the contrary, has become a hotbed of terrorism, crime, radicalized bigotry and regression to fundamentalism. There is no Industry, little Agriculture or Science, no place for industry or commerce to anchor and flourish.

Artificial Nationhood

The ideology of artificially building a nation based on religion was flawed from the inception and it has proven itself wrong after seventy years of its existence. Unfortunately, even if we presume his intent was sincere, Jinnah’s vision exists in shambles and in a failed state. First, India has more Muslims than Pakistan; Second, Indian Muslims are far more successful than those in Pakistan. Muslims in India are far better educated, socially mobile, financially rising; women are enjoying more freedom and liberty in achieving self-actualization. As a community, they are enjoying better quality of life. Third, Indian Muslims enjoy equal rights and freedom of expression as any Indian. In fact, had this been Pakistan, many would have been subjugated for suppression.

Opponents argue citing the Hindu-Muslim riots and in contemporary India. However, Pakistan too has its own Shia-Sunni riots, violence against Muhajir (MQM), migrated from British India. Time and again, Human Rights Watch has reported grave conditions and sectarian violence, targeting specific religious group as a norm in Pakistan. Shia-Sunni riots, riots and violence against Ahmadi, Hindu and Christian are a regular event, so are the attacks on Sufi shrines by Salafis and the rampant killing of Human Rights Activists. Violence here is a severe repression of the expression of human choice, irrespective of religion, faith or way of living. If there is an objective indicator to gauge Jinnah’s dream, this would be a dismal performer.

Neglected Logistics

Jinnah was a highly acclaimed barrister. History can’t absolve him for the ignorance and the inaptitude of working out the logistics of moving and relocating millions of Muslims across remote pockets of British India. Of course, he showed scant consideration for the Hindus and people of other faith, who moved out of today’s Pakistan. He knew the pain from this body severing act. He ignored even his own Muslim brothers whom he so avowed to protect. He had all this analysis and was aware of the human loss. It was willful subjugation of people to this avoidable human tragedy. Despite knowing, he persisted with his plan for separation. People of this subcontinent, irrespective of religion suffered immensely. Several thousand lost their kin, livelihood, property, women lost their honor, Kids were orphaned and families lost their social milieu. With impunity, he went ahead executing the ‘Two Nation’ theory despite the several consultations with Mahatma Gandhi, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and several other leaders.

False Pretext of Muslim Nationhood

For Jinnah staying with united India meant losing Muslim identity under a majority Hindu population. It’s an unfortunate event in the history but Indian Muslims (India and Pakistan included) share a common ethnic stock with the rest of Indians, their culture is significantly interweaved with the fabric of India. Muslim, as a religion and culture, had a significant impact on every aspect of the life and living in India. It provided a dimension and vibrancy, so unique that became an inseparable part of our destiny and future. There is so little that can be called purely Hindu India. His ‘Two Nation’ theory was like dismembering right arm from left, like separating mother from father. Despite the differences, none can operate independent of the other. A common man like us should ask ourselves, haven’t Muslims lived with dignity and dominated social or a Muslim Indian should ask, would I have got better life in Pakistan than what I am living and enjoying here in India? The later question would be a better reflection and gauge to Jinnah’s vision.

Muslims always had a place in India

Currently, India has more successful Muslims than Pakistan and if India were a subversive nation, we would have not seen them succeed. I can name several successful Muslims just because of their merit and their individual enterprise, vision and hard work. In social life, Non-Muslim Indian don’t transact business with Muslims based on their religions but exclusive on the attributes mentioned before. This notion of having a different identity from Hindu India has had deeply flawed with repercussions. If these argument were to be true, Jinnah should have carved out pockets (comprising of smaller stated) within Pakistan. This same logic of creating nation on the basis of religious identity could have been eventually applicable to most ethnic grouping even more specifically within Pakistan. Just because one is Muslim, so they should coalesce to form a country provides how perfunctory or defunct logic was used for the creation of a nation such as Pakistan. Imagine a nation being created from Afghan Muslims and Indonesian Muslims coming together simply because they are Muslims.

A radical Hindu perspective

Had India been a (united) kingdom, as against the small princely states, India could have opposed those thirteenth invaders and not let them corrupt or debase its Vedic culture. Even historians have incomplete visibility over history and even if complete, we can’t revert time back to its original place. We know this better than anyone, that time cannot be relived and we respect the verdict of time and in that spirit, we accommodated and internalized a lot of cultures, Muslims being one of them.

In fact, reflecting deeply, Hindus should have complaint what Jinnah insisted, that Hindus should have a country to practice their own religion. And here we have Jinnah, whose ancestry runs from Rajputana, saying we don’t want to live under Hindu domination. It is one thing to carve out a country based on vexed philosophy and another to usher it into a successful society. In India, secularist think Jinnah is a greedy despicable, whose lust for power and hatred of Hindus destroyed this continent and changed the history of mankind forever. Yes, I repeat mankind since his vision created a cauldron of aggressive radicals. Jinnah should be tried for war crimes, hate crimes, for intently and willfully subjugating scores of people to misery and pain. In retrospect, he should be tried for the injustice he unleashed and inflicted upon the wider Indian community and his own comprising of Muslims.

The Grand Deception

Jinnah was well aware of all the consequences though varied parley with leaders, his own expertise and knowledge (and analysis) from the annals of history. He did this despite knowing that history was replete with enough evidence and he was sufficiently advised and appraised on the consequences. It wasn’t ignorance or cognitive dissonance but a cool calculated emotional hatred of Hindus and willful commission to be the founder of a nation. I insist, he did this knowing the suffering and the anguish.

He knew that this was set for failure, but he went ahead experimenting, to satisfy his greed and lust for power and the dream of being the founder and father of Muslim nation. Even today, the ramifications of that greed and lust are re-lived as a nightmare by the 1.6 billion populations of these three countries. As Pierce Brown said in his novel Golden Son, ‘Liars make the best promises’ and when those come from whom we consider father of our nation, it is purposeful deception or let us call it ‘Grand Deception’.


Read my blog on Oil and Christian Crusaders – http://wp.me/p7XEWW-1m

Pro Hindu-Muslim Independence Movements

Pro Partition Independence Movement – Muslim League

Human Rights Watch – Pakistan

Sectarian Violence in Pakistan

Read Human Rights Report – Dreams Turned into Nightmares

Historical Map of Asia

‘Black Eye’- Once More? How Often?

‘The Black Eye’, belongs to a doctor, who works not in Afghanistan but in a civilized society, somewhere in Maharashtra, who was violently assaulted for perceived wrong treatment. This is not an isolated incidence. Lately, it has become a trend; reflecting fast degrading standards, somewhat similar to Afghanistan, reflecting an inclination towards adopting barbaric practices. It is a shame on a society when they resort to violence especially against the medical community for ill-conceived and misperceived wrong. It is unfortunate and a disgrace on the society when the system stands still with blissful ignorance. No doubt, it is social decay and a reflection of social malice.

However, it is time to reflect, introspect, remodel and re-engineer social engagement focused on regaining trust. These are challenging times and medical profession, being cognitively driven, should find a way to understand this phenomenon and resolve this attitude. Let us accept, we lost trust, we take the initiative to regain it.

Dr. Naphade

Willful Political Ignorance

(Please visit the polls at the end of this blog to see preferences and polls)

It is a disgrace for a civilized society when its constituents resort to violence and its government ignores, reflecting a tacit support for violence that dilutes the statutes and legal stipulations. Politicians, irrespective of ideological lineage, have always been scared of taking action against such outburst, supporting popular voter base, at the cost of a small percentage of doctor population, which offers them no volume leverage. Not addressing such violent acts is likely to reinforce or reward violent aggression, which may eventually consolidate into a mainstream barbaric norm of resolving disputes. Supporting aggression is tantamount to accepting barbaric norms, at least in a civil society, an initial signs of emerging lawlessness, something similar to Talibanization of our society.

Physical violence is a clear sign that reflects lack of intelligence or trust to resolve disputes. The perpetrators are no less lunatic or rabid then those religious fanatics, who decide to adopt violence to eschew spiritual cause. Any blissful ignoring is simply encouraging the tendencies of violent aggression. In addition, adopting such crude measures reflects regression from civilized functioning.

Even under worst war torn conditions, doctors never had to carry weapons. Irrespective of civilizations and cultures across the globe, they have never been harmed physically even under the most trying circumstances of war and extreme brutality. Just imagine, doctors carrying guns while practicing or having patrol to protect themselves. Violence is one step lesser than that extreme degradation, that drastically liquidates and devalues us when we fashion ourselves as one of the most evolved societies. Having said this, trust me, there is zero tolerance towards violence against doctors. Somewhere, politicians are wrong if they presume that to avoid larger revolts, it is better to let these small revolts.

Dual System and Ethical dissonance

We all live in an ever degrading milieu where politicians, officers, business, spiritual leaders all manipulate  for personal material benefits. It is an existential dilemma, we support corruption and we aspire ethical interaction. We live a dual life, while personally interacting, we are worldly (practically) wise and while discussing norms we take an archaic puritanical stand. When the child within us interacts with the realities of the society, we expect the best ethical treatment. Eventually, that ambiguity becomes a way of living. Materialism and Commercialization has only fanned these further. Just imagine a doctor graduating from a donation college, imagine, a hospital investing crores. What do you expect them to meet to returns on investments (ROI). This profession is at the crossroads of balancing between ethos and an equation dominated by TCO (total cost of ownership) and ROI (return on investment). There is a sizeable proportion of practitioners who have made commerce out of practice.This commercialization of medicine started way back, now has mushroomed into distrust. Denial is no option. Let us accept this fact.

Murky milieu and a ‘way of living’

Of course, there is no support to the ideology or practice and ‘way of living’ of corruption. Irrespective of the circumstances, expectations from this profession are singularly unique. However, those considered to uphold highest values on ethos are found to rampantly practice ‘cut practice’, promote ‘nepotism’ in practice, solicit products and push wrong products are to be blamed as well. Neither can we deny this nor can we support this. Doctors are supposed to be the bearers of values; no one is expecting them to be selfless. There can’t be any justification to support any of these practices. I call this an evolving social phenomenon that is intertwined with the overall values and materialization, that is so rampant within the society. Medicine cannot be isolated from society as it is thoroughly grounded with the society. Is this a recent phenomenon? Is that a sudden transition?

However, when the trust disappears general tolerance crosses threshold and reflects as attacks against doctors, as an expression of that frustration. It is not about ‘Doctor versus Them’, but it is about ‘Doctors versus Ethos’.

Moments of Introspection

Let us take another stride and admit that this is a moment of introspection. Those who have seen two to three decades of medical profession, will recollect how this profession has steadily lost its grace and ethos to material and monetary artifacts. They have been a testimony of how values and trust have mellowed and melted?

Contemporary Challenge

Unfortunate though, doctors are taking a beating for a social phenomenon, a general angst and a societal malice. We have to work out a solution against this steady decay that started over several decades. It is trust deficit that is being reflected, it’s syndromic and we need to accept and bridge that trust deficit.

Character is doing the right thing when no one is watching. Let me add, right now, everyone is watching us silently though. It is a complex problem that needs a comprehensive system wide solution. It is moment for reflection and introspection. But as a cognitively driven committed profession, together we will find a way. It is time to introspect and remodel and re-engineer social engagement.

 

 

GDP Post Demonetization

The impact of demonetization in day to day life are well discussed and evident. Select state elections will reflect people’s verdict as well.

GDP is the barometer and an objective evaluation of the impact. Recent reports on the fourth quarter economic parameters point towards economic compression directly related with demonetization. Despite demonetization being a fundamentally appropriate policy towards containing the unaccounted money within the system, it floundered. It is not a political question – it was a national initiative and a unique opportunity. What went wrong? This is a prelude to an upcoming blog on how change could have been managed properly.

Sometimes, those seating at far off can see things better than those who are seating at the epicenter. This is the case with GDP. I had already prognosticated, that the GDP would suffer setback from 0.5 to 1.25. I also opined that demonetization is good in the long term, GDP effect is a short term disability. Of course, the way demonetization was carried and the way the system defaulted to earlier state, it proved no value overall. In the absence of mid – long term value, we can only focus on the short term impact.

Though arguable, it impacted the GDP. True, it removed all soiled Rs.500 currency from the market, possibly from some black marketers and terrorists. That’s the sum total of Demonetization. Here is my question – Did Modi lacked resources in envisioning, (impact and scenario) analysis, planning and executing or did he not trust folks around him or did he do this in haste? I trust, it was a combination of the first and the last reason.

India is too heterogenous country. A system wide change needs a vision, deep rooted trust in people, a sound understanding of the ground level constraints and a thorough evaluation and impact analysis capturing those into the execution plan. In hindsight – Can we think of how this could have been done better, more surgical? Less traumatic? Possibly, therein lies the solution for Second Generation Demonetization.

‘I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work’ – Thomas Edison.

That which does not kill us makes us more stronger.


Citations:

Despite demonetisation, India’s GDP growth stays 7 per cent: Govt data

https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2017/03/07/as-fitch-says-that-7-gdp-growth-for-india-looks-odd-given-demonetisation/#3ac3c61c48ed

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/modis-victory-has-made-a-mockery-of-the-criticism-that-demonetisation-got-christopher-wood/articleshow/57627263.cms

 

“Duritanche timir javo”

“Duritanche timir javo” (Let them be enlightened) – St. Dnyaneshwar.

Saint Dnyaneshwar was a twelfth century Saint from Maharashtra, India, who wrote several proverbial and iconoclastic scriptures revealing the true nature of God, during the medieval times, what I consider the darkest period of our existence when those four varnas were fossilized and women were treated as second class citizen.

Ultimately, it is the enlightenment of the common man that would raise the nation, not the influence of money over the media.

“Duritanche timir javo” (Let them be enlightened) – St. Dnyaneshwar.

Saint Dnyaneshwar (1275-1296 AD), one of the most revered Saints from Maharashtra, India who wrote Dnyeshwari, at the age of 15. At the conclusion of the masterpiece in literature, he wrote another 9 stanza. The second one reads as –

  • “Duritanche timir jaavo,
  • vishwa-swadharma surye paho,
  • Jo je vanchil to te laho,
  • pranijaat.”

The Saint further talks about the enlightenment of the common man through observance and following the religious tenets, not necessary Hindu scriptures but each individual should follow the religious principles enshrined in their own scriptures. Doing so, he mentioned, would deprive the world of darkness and spread light.

St. Dnyaneshwar’s work was proverbial and iconoclastic as he translated religious scripture into common man’s language, revealing the true nature of God, not those artifacts espoused by the establishment. During these medieval times (what I consider the darkest period of our existence) those four varnas (stratas) were fossilized and women were treated as second class citizen, one of the worst in empathy and evolution.

As a child, though I wasn’t a voracious reader, I was inculcated into the habit of reading. During those times, Indian newspapers were far less biased and the establishment was revered for its independence and fearlessness of expression, almost after judiciary. Those were the times, when newspapers were a mouthpiece for opinionated idealistic folks. Beyond their commitment to their principles and ideology, material gains or the physical tribulations, never bothered them. The intelligentsia and the proletariat were inquisitive and actively seeking answers to the questions. Even an isolated incidence of lack of quality would not be tolerated, as we see these days, these newspapers would lose their rating. However, over a period of decades, the fourth estate lost its luster and the values eroded .

Well, we left for US and over the last three decades, most fat man with heavy pockets filled in the space. Today, in the resurgent India, neither we see an independent judiciary nor we see a fourth estate faithfully cherishing and guiding the values of democracy.

It is the enlightenment of the common man that will forbid the proliferation of such media. Media, analyzes the trend and publishes what it has to. However, it is the common man that defines those trends and ratings. Let us work in enlightening the common man. Finally, it’s about the reader, their conscience and awareness, not about who is financing or how deep those pockets are.

We all will realize that moral fabric is not a fulcrum that needs to be debated over a  gatherings or hung in the family room like a trophy, but weaves a fabric on which we (presently) exists and essentially survive (future). If you ask, are we seeing a moral erosion? Not sure about that but it seems the world is certainly getting crowded, materialistic and individualistic. Despite our material and physical progress, we hardly get time to reflect and apply cognition and conscious – the core that defines and differentiates us as humans.

Note: This blog was prompted after viewing a five minute video that showed how the media is influenced by Deep Pockets (Money and influence). Despite the pervasive influence of money, ultimately, it is the conscience that will guide and define the journey of mankind. Moral values are thoroughly ingrained within our genome for survival and the enlightenment of those value alone will guide our destiny. History is again rife with examples of men of moral and hardly ever have I heard a story of a twelfth century businessman or their lineage.


To visit Pasaydan, a brief poem by the Saint, visit the link below.

http://kavyanubhav.blogspot.com/2011/10/pasaydan-with-meaning-in-english.html

Those conversant with original dialect, may visit below link.

http://mannmajhe.blogspot.com/2015/07/pasaydan-meaning.html