To­wards Rev­o­lu­tion

Pak­istan is cer­tainly fer­tile ground for rev­o­lu­tion - but is it ready just yet?

Southasia - - Revolutions -

By Si­jal Fawad

Spread­ing like wild fire, rev­o­lu­tions are once again gain­ing mo­men­tum and pop­u­lar­ity. Syn­ony­mous with over­throw­ing dic­ta­tors and rid­ding a coun­try from years of au­toc­racy, rev­o­lu­tions have cre­ated na­tions and changed po­lit­i­cal con­fig­u­ra­tions in sundry cases. They have changed the maps of the world and, need­less to say, the des­tinies of sev­eral peo­ple, whether in­no­cent or not.

The idea, though prac­ticed fully in the Mid­dle East is now mak­ing its way to Pak­istan. While many in the me­dia and po­lit­i­cal fra­ter­nity are openly talk­ing about a rev­o­lu­tion, some are sug­gest­ing that only a ‘bloody’ rev­o­lu­tion is the need of the day. With emo­tional rhetoric serv­ing at the fore­front of Pak­istani pol­i­tics, it is ques­tion­able whether such an­a­lysts have re­ally pon­dered over the causes and con­se­quences of a ‘bloody’ rev­o­lu­tion?

Given the present so­cial cir­cum­stances, it is not sur­pris­ing that the symp­toms of a rev­o­lu­tion are ver­ily present in the coun­try. Var­i­ous rev­o­lu­tions, in­clud­ing the English rev­o­lu­tion of the late 1660s, Chair­man Mao’s rev­o­lu­tion (1966), the Ira­nian Rev­o­lu­tion (1979), all seem to have strik­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties. Al­most all rev­o­lu­tions

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