A year ago I had penned a piece on how independence day festivities had become grossly commercialized, but this year it seems the politicians in the country are taking a lead role in teaching the masses how to celebrate the day with none other than our iconic cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, the standard bearer of the whole political charade.
Independence Day is a day to celebrate and reflect upon the past, the struggle, sacrifices, suffering and losses endured by our ancestors to carve out a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent. It is a day to ponder if we have realized the vision and dreams of our founding fathers.
Sadly, the scenario is absolutely in the negative. We as a nation have completely lost it. Our ideals, our goals, our vision… it seems that nothing else matters apart from grabbing power by any means necessary, at the cost of millions of rupees and sadly lives too.
The powers that be are buckling under the pressure being exerted by Khan and his forces. The recent action by the Punjab Government at the headquarters of another opposition leader Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri in which 11 people were mercilessly killed speaks volumes of the government’s sense of insecurity and paranoia. This was followed by another incident of Qadri’s arrival in Islamabad where his flight was diverted to Lahore causing immense problems for other passengers and public at large.
What right do these politicians have to take the country hostage for their own political goals on such occasions as August 14th or December 25th?
What’s more is that over the course of the last 10 years, all that the political parties have delivered to the masses is massive loadshedding, chronic unemployment, rampant corruption and a pathetic transport system, among other failings. The list is endless.
All we’re asking for is for the politicians to at least let us celebrate our Independence Day in peace.