By Justice Markandey Katju, former Judge, Supreme Court of India
Ahsan Iqbal is a Member of Pakistan’s National Assembly and former Minister of Pakistan. He has written an article titled ‘A breakthrough path’ published in the prominent Pakistani newspaper ‘News International’, in which he has proposed a solution to Pakistan’s huge problems, but which in fact only reveals his own fatuity and superficial understanding of political and economic realities.
In this article, he writes “ Pakistan’s problems are structural and institutional. They have become deeper, but so has mistrust among various stakeholders. We urgently need institutional reforms. Our enemy is not outside, we have inflicted much of the damage through our own chequered history “.
His solution is for politicians, civil servants, military, judiciary, media, and private sector representatives to sit together and chalk out a roadmap for national transformation and development.
Ahsan Iqbal has suggested that the Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate and Speaker of the National Assembly should co-host a National Dialogue of all national stakeholders—heads of political parties, service chiefs, civil servants, Chief Justice of Pakistan and other Judges, Pakistan Bar Council, media, etc to formulate a 10 year (2020-2030) National Charter for Implementation of the Constitution ( NCIC ) to deal with political, economic, judicial and security issues.
I regret to say that by this grandiloquent, fustian and high sounding plan Ahsan Iqbal has only disclosed his own insanity and superficiality. So let me explain.
As mentioned in my article ‘Was Jinnah right about the 2 nation theory’ published in nayadaur.tv, this world really consists of two worlds, the world of the developed highly industrialized countries ( North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and China ), and the world of the underdeveloped countries ( which include India and Pakistan ).
There is a secret unwritten understanding among the developed countries that the Indian subcontinent must never be allowed to unite and emerge as a modern industrial giant, like China ( of which it has all the potential ), and to prevent this they will do their level best. This is because if the Indian subcontinent unites ( as it was before Partition of 1947 ) and emerges as a modern industrial giant, then with our cheap labor we will undersell the Western ( and even the Chinese ) industries, which may have to close down.
Will the developed countries allow their industries to close down, causing millions of their workers to become unemployed?
No, they will oppose it tooth and nail. And how will they do that? By making people of the Indian subcontinent fight each other in the name of religion, caste, language, race, region, etc. And in view of our tremendous diversity, it is easy for them to do so, using their local agents ( as they used their agents Gandhi and Jinnah ).
So it is silly and superficial to think that Pakistan’s ( and India’s ) problems can be solved by institutional or structural reforms. They can only be solved by a mighty, united, people’s Revolution, as explained in my article ‘India needs a modern-minded revolution to become a first-world nation ‘ published in theweek.in.
The first step in this direction must be to patiently explain to the people of the Indian subcontinent that unless we become highly industrialized like Western nations we will remain condemned to massive poverty, unemployment, child malnourishment, lack of proper healthcare and good education for our masses, etc, that this historical transformation can only be achieved if despite our diversity we unite and wage a mighty historical struggle for transforming India into a highly industrialized country, and that those vested interests seeking to divide us by inciting religious, caste, racial, lingual and regional hatred among us are our greatest enemies and must be exposed.
We must also explain that Partition of 1947 was a historical British swindle, that its basis, the 2 nation theory was bogus, that India and Pakistan ( and Bangladesh ) are really one nation, sharing the same culture, and were one since Mughal times, that there was no communal problem before 1857 and it was artificially created by the British thereafter ( see my article ‘The Truth about Pakistan’ online ) and that we are bound to reunite, like West and East Germany, under a secular government with modern-minded, patriotic leaders who are determined to rapidly industrialized the country, though that will take time ( see Mission Statement and Addresses to the Indian Nation on indianreunificationassociation.co.in )