Ignorant Educated Mind

Posted: November 21, 2010 in Opinion
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In this vastly uneducated country one should see educated people as a glimmer of hope, a silver lining of an immensely dark cloud that hovers over Pakistan. This minute percentage of people is supposed to change the society and bring prosperity to our corruption infested country. But this so called broad mind is as narrow as any illiterate mind.

We as a country have a deeply rooted sectarian mind. Alas! We have given into hatred. We hate the Sindhi, we hate the Punjabi, we hate the Pathan, we hate the Baluchi, we hate the shia, we hate the sunni, we hate Ahmadi. We have drawn deep sectarian boundaries and base our judgments on a person’s past. We are hypocrites because we publically say that we love a brother from another sect, but in the confines of your own sect we call him a “bed bug” (shiites), a “homosexual” (pathans), a “parrot” (the green turban wearing sect called Ahle Hadees) and countless other names. We differentiate a person on the basis of the “topi” he wears or the way he offers his prayers, the way he grows his beard, or the way she covers her head. We feel proud when talking about the inequities of the Hindu society, but we ignore your own black hearts. So firstly, we are devided on the basis of religion, secondly, we are devided on the bases of different castes, thirdly, we are devided on the basis of the province we belong to, and lastly, race fits in somewhere between the factors that I have mentioned. This kind of hatred is present in the uneducated class but I have experienced this in our educated elite.

A prime example: In the 70s movement against the Qadianis (Ahmadi), the whole country was bent on declaring them non muslims, a minority, as if we hold a monopoly over Islam. And the parliament passed it into a law. If you ask someone about the Ahmadi belief they would not know more than ‘They donot believe in the finality of the Prophet’ in reality it’s a bit more complicated than that. OK we think they are Non-Muslims but are they not HUMAN BEINGS and citizens of Pakistan. So today we have forgotten our only national hero that we can boast about – Dr Abdus Salam. The 1st muslim to win a nobel prize for Physics. He has now become just one of the scientists we read about in our Physics books in school we have fogotton him because of his religion. And today we have heroes like Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and we deny Dr Abdus Salam. So nomatter how much money we spend on Oxford University Education., we will still remain ignorant.

Our courts ban Google of all places. Don’t our learned judges know that Google is just a search engine? No No wait, Google is created by the west, oh well then definitely it’s a Zionist Ploy against all Muslims. Our religion leaders keep quite on the massacre of doctors on the basis of religion. This educated mind is ignorant about history also. Few people know about Armenia and the Ottoman Barbarianism. If I ask someone, “what do you think about the Ottoman Empire?”, the answer I get is that the Empire was the last Golden Age for Muslims, the last khilafat, completely ignorant of the fact that the Ottoman pushed the Arabs into the Darkness, The Ottoman committed genocide of the 1.5 million Armenians. We have refused to acknowledge our past and collectively developed a mentality of ‘We are the best’ which is a deadly fallacy.

But still I have a glimmer of hope as I see people coming to help the dead and wounded in the aftermath of a suicide attack or an accident. This is the only time I see a human helping another human and not a Shia helping a Shia or a Sindhi helping a Sindhi.

*Ignore the above paragraph now – after the Sialkot incident I am convinced that our hearts are as numb as dead fish, so I do not see any glimmer of hope, not in my lifetime.

P.S – Yes I know I will get the criticism well why don’t you say anything against the West. My answer to that is the West have their own critics in Robert Fisk, Patrick Cockburn, Norman Finklestein. We need our own critics, we need to gain own humanity back before we point out to others. Education (not Ammunition) is the answer.


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