Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
Our Social Studies text books from Grade 3 onwards describe how we acquired Pakistan, but the description seems like a series of isolated incidences, devoid of emotion, completely bare of the passions behind such a momentous decision on part of the Muslim leadership backed by the Muslim majority.
What are the reasons that compel part of a nation to break away from a whole that had existed together for hundreds of years? Why break old ties and declare oneself a separate entity?
The Quaid pointed out the whys in his address at Minto Park in March 1940: he said that the Hindus and Muslims had different philosophies, customs, literature, concepts of life, different sources of inspirations, different heroes and different epics. He pointed out that both had distinct cultures, language, legal laws, moral values, aptitudes, ambitions. All these differences had been present throughout the collective history of the inhabitants of the sub-continent, but the thought of being two different nations had never entered the minds of the Muslims on a communal level. Not until it was indicated to them on this historic day by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Quaid-e-Azam.
The frame of mind changed, the undercurrent became a tide, the course of history turned, and to a world agape, Pakistan was created for the Muslims of the sub-continent. It was formed so we could keep this separate identity of thoughts and behaviour, so we could keep our religion, our higher ideals, our values, the things that shape a Muslim untarnished by the Hindu majority. It was not only for the then present, but for the future of the Muslims of that region.
Sadly, our enemies and not us have gained from the wisdom of our elders. They have struck at the seams of our being, unraveling the threads that make us, that join us. What would the Quaid think if he saw us today? Would the other leaders and the people who paid with their wealth, honour, and lives recognize us and then own us? I think not, and my head hangs in shame.