With all due apology to late BB, whose soul rests peacefully as I safely assume, what follows is a remark that erupted on one of the pages of “The Express Tribune.”
Just reprinting my comment that ensued during a course of a discussion upon democracy, theocracy and blasphemy.
“We have to accept the ground realities and must take into account the dominant socio-political factors typically pertinent to our environment before going all out for a buzz or a slogan.
The fact remains that we are living in a society where the religion cannot be separated from the state. If the recent spate of events still cast any doubt in the minds, I am surprised!
From our experiences we have learnt, over and over again, that owing to sensitivity, there are subjects and topics that cannot even be brought up for discussion or debate. What’s the point in blindly following the tenets of western democracy if that cannot be applied to Pakistan in spirit?
We are still debating on the Jinnah’s perception of Pakistan and the (so called) ideology of Pakistan and whether or not it revolves around Islam?
I know democracy has never been allowed to take roots. Lets not talk about the effects or the results but lets just touch the basics. How far has it challenged the status quo or the exploitation upon which our entire social structure is built and weaved? In what way has it harmed the interests of the vicious circle comprising the feudal, elites, industrialists and religious/sectarian elements or loosened their grip on the system? Has it contributed anything in reducing the communal tension, sheer divide, polarity and fissures and stratification in a highly class ridden society?
If not, how do I believe that it is the best form of governance!?
Unless we are able to revolutionize our education sector and evolve a strong middle class as a result, we cannot expect much of a change. And how are we going to bring that about_ that’s a gross challenge!?”