Self-re­liance leads to in­de­pen­dence

The Miracle - - Kashmir / Pakistan - By: Za­far Alam Sar­war Is­lam­abad Info at Email: za­sar­[email protected]­

Are we re­ally in­de­pen­dent? Or are we still on our knees? Such are ques­tions strik­ing peo­ple’s minds even to­day.

Old cit­i­zens who be­lieve in faith, unity and dis­ci­pline say on oc­ca­sion of the In­de­pen­dence Day they are nei­ther free nor in­de­pen­dent in the real sense of the word. “We’re eco­nom­i­cally de­pen­dent on oth­ers, po­lit­i­cally un­prin­ci­pled and so­cially caught in the cob­web of de­prav­ity.”

TheTh eyes of poverty-hit peo­ple get opened in the wake of colos­sal loss of life and prop­erty caused­cau by rains and floods to the lure of lead­ers who al­legedly never for­sake their lux­u­ri­ousou ways of life. “A loaf of bread, or bet­ter call it liveli­hood withwi dig­nity and hon­our, is my ba­sic prob­lem,”lem says the or­di­nary cit­i­zen. “How should I Ic cel­e­brate the In­de­pen­dence Day cheer­fully whenwh I have no shel­ter and ‘roti’ price has gonego up from Rs.2 to Rs.8?” What about fruit,fru but­ter and ‘desi ghee paratha’? “That’s be­yondbe my imag­i­na­tion.” SurgeSu in prices of food items such as sugar pulse, rice, sugar, gar­lic, ginger and tomato and lemon dou­bles the wor­ries of the com­mon peo­ple who ask where democ­racy is.

One won­ders why ev­ery­body is talk­ing about un­em­ploy­ment, cor­rup­tion and brib-

ery. A busi­ness­man or an in­dus­tri­al­ist may not pick a man’s pocket, but he may over­charge him as much as he likes. In the past, con­trol for the busi­ness­man only meant an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate scarcity and re­sort to black-mar­ket­ing to his heart’s con­tent. As a re­sult, the con­sumer in ut­ter help­less­ness would say: “It’s bet­ter to have things with­out con­trol than to have con­trol with­out things”. The time is long past when we could de­pend upon the per­sonal right­eous­ness of traders, pro­duc­ers and politi­cians. Then, what is the need of the hour? “Ask the man dis­ci­plined in uni­form,” says the or­di­nary cit­i­zen who is in trou­ble. By the way, the In­de­pen­dence Day de­mands of us to work to­gether whole­heart­edly with men en­gaged in the coun­try’s de­fence self­lessly to turn the home­land into a real wel­fare state as the ar­chi­tect of Pak­istan had en­vis­aged in the light of the teach­ings of Is­lam which does not ap­prove of provin­cial­ism, eth­nic­ity and sec­tar­i­an­ism. The first and last thing to re­alise is that sel­f­re­liance leads to in­de­pen­dence.

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