The Failed Scholars

[big_title]The Failed Scholars[/big_title]

As a nation we lack the ability to think critically and argue patiently. Even our educated elite, intelligentsia and youth at universities lack the basic ability to survive in the harsh and competitive contemporary world .One of the major flaws in our education system is namely that it has utterly failed to produce truly educated people with refined taste and ideas. In the present scenario, our intelligentsia is starkly divided into two ideological factions, one being the former Reds (communists) and the other, modern mullahs.

After the Afghan disaster and subsequent dismemberment of the USSR, the Reds in Pakistan had lost the ground to right wing, as international happenings did them no favours, which led to the demise of the Red Dream of a Red World. However, the leftists managed to regroup as the neo liberals in Pakistani intelligentsia, media and law. In the present media industry, the best representative of the neo liberal group is the JANG media group and most English dailies.

The other class constitutes our very own mullahs; they don’t need any introduction. If you are an A grade Pakistani, you must have achieved a certain degree of specialization in the study of Mullah-iology, their potential characteristics and attributes. The most pathetic thing about our half educated mullah class is that they have been the greatest spoilers of Islam. Throughout the history of mankind, there have been influential groups of religious professionals; middle age Catholic papacy, Hindu Brahmins and our very own mullahs and mukhdoms to name a few, who not only minted gold coins out of the religious sentiments of the lay man, but also poisoned the true spirit of religion and humanism. Mullahs also have significant presence in the media sector, with Naway –i-Waqt and most Urdu dailies being their major strongholds. With passing time, mullahs have also developed their clean shaved and trimmed beard versions.

Both the parties hold nearly opposite views on most of the national issues; yet they have something in common. For the liberal class, the epicenter of all the issues being faced by the nation is the inclusion of religion in state policies, while the other party tries to convince us that Pakistan is the “fortress of Islam” and there will be no historical base for the country if religion is denied a place in the state policies. What the founding fathers of the nation idealized is subject to scholarly debate, but the more important idea is what sort of Pakistan we present day Pakistanis want. Pakistan is certainly not the property of the founding fathers, but property we own and hence are responsible for it. The answer to the issue is that we rationally analyze the problems being faced by the country. However, the regrettable truth is that our intelligentsia seemingly lacks the ability to do so. They are too keen to interpret everything in terms of their ideology and prove their ideological superiority. Nothing can stop them from labeling the opposite party as hypocrites or middle aged mentality freaks. In fact, the reality being that Islam has never been on the priority list of our rulers; most of them have done nothing substantial in the true spirit of Islam. However, some of them have been extraordinarily successful in exploiting the religious sentiments to fulfill their cherished political dreams.

This all adds to the confusion of an already perplexed nation. Most of our scholars are generally just good enough to lament upon the pathetic circumstances we are facing, but they have failed to suggest the way out to the nation. Our intelligentsia has not been able to present a realistic model of a better and reformed Pakistan, and so we continue to live in the illusions that our ideological masters have suggested and await the never ending arrival of a superhero to set it all right for us.

Ahmed Mohyuddin. (Content Writer int3ger)

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