I doubt if any of you is yet to hear the audio clip being played on our television channels again and again. It is a speech made by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad during a Jummah procession in Dehli mosque on October 23rd 1947. The first time I heard this it gave me goosebumps. How closely the words depicted our reality seemed to be nothing short of a prophecy, all of what he said during the speech made so much sense. However when I began to think about the aesthetics of the said speech and I could not stop myself from asking why now? Why after so many years down the road is this speech being played again and again and again. All across the Pakistani media (which has yet to play a responsible role) this speech was under discussion and being relayed to each and every individual in Pakistan. Today as I sat down to research on a rebuttal to what Mr Azad claimed I was shocked to find that nothing exists from the main stream media and a very few people have discussed it on forums with little or no effect. It is important thus to look at the facts and at the very least be sensible enough to do some research before believing in everything the media feeds us.
Let me make one thing very clear, during the entire course of the audio clip not once Azad has spoken about the muslims of Pakistan or the Pakistani nation in general. The speech is directed towards the muslims of India and no one else. The points to consider here are:
- The speech talks only about the muslims living in India and how should they proceed ahead of partition.
- The frame of reference Azad followed was similar to what every anti-Pakistan cleric said “muslims will become weak after partition”
That is it! Yes, if you consider only the speech which Azad delivered (the one being played on our media) these are the only two points made in the entire speech. All credit to our media for making it complex and confusing the nation. Original text of the speech can be found here.
Well I don’t really see what is all the fuss about, considering what Azad and all of those who supported the concept of a divided India equaled to weaker muslims there is a very simple answer.
- Had Pakistan not been created, the muslim world would never have had become a nuclear power.
- The united muslims in India though larger in numbers would have never been treated fairly, enough evidence already exists to support this fact. During entire British raj Hindus enjoyed key positions.
- More than anything else, Pakistan was not, is not and will never be ONLY for muslims. Jinnah had envisioned an equal for all country.
I am not a strong supporter of terms “muslim world” and “ummah” but yes it cannot be ignored that if ever comes a day when the muslims all over the world come back to senses (Saudia specially) and unite under the true Islamic concept (which protects all minority rights) Pakistan will have a key role to play. Then one must ask, why the sudden hype? What is it that has gripped the nation so strongly? Actually it is not the speech delivered by Azad but infact an interview he supposedly gave to Agha Shorish Kashmiri. All the tv channels that hosted shows dedicated to Azad and his so call prophecies about Pakistan seem to present the idea that the creation of Pakistan was infact a mistake! the dreams that our founders saw was wrong from the word go. However what all of our media conveniently ignored was the authenticity of this so called interview and the person himself. I have provided the links to the interview and the article that debunks it above, those interested can have a look.
I know Pakistan is not what it was supposed to be, our elders invested a fair amount of trust on us when handing over the reigns and unfortunately we did not live up to the expectations but then I ask should we blame them for our mistakes? We the Pakistanis never grew as a nation, never became one, never learned to look past our differences and be united for one cause. How can we hold accountable our founders for the crimes we commit? We should at least have the dignity to accept our faults and instead of shamelessly doubting the creation of Pakistan, the ideology of Pakistan have faith and work towards its betterment. I have no idea why no one is questioning the reason behind this clip being played on our channels 24/7, the media is far from being responsible and the people have grown indifferent.
What Abul Kalam did or did not said does not matter now, what matters are our actions, for surely they will decide the fate of our nation. Don’t whine about corrupt government, failed policies and army control. Every nation faces difficulties and hardships but they learn to survive and find a common ground to make progress. Its grieves me to see the state in which we are, but I have hope and reason to believe in Pakistan. Let the media say what they want to, let other argue over our existence, we should not be bothered by it. We have proved the world wrong for 65 years and will continue to do so.