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Authoritarian Rule in Pakistan - Zahir's Response to Pervez Hoodbhoy's Oped 'Cyber intimidation: a bad idea'
FYI - Cyber intimidation: a bad idea --- Hoodbhoy's intelligent oped
in Dawn and my comment
- Dr. Hoodbhoy has a most intelligent oped
in today's Dawn.
I invite you to read it; below is my comment that I sent him.
share it with you because I think "free speech" in vacuum
still leads to asphyxiation. What free speech? Does the West have
it? I am still not published by the NY Times which prints "all
the news that's fit to print". Who decides what's fit to print?
The newspaper owners. Okay I may not be that good -- as they say,
billi ko chichray kay kwab. So try challenging any Jewish
narrative anywhere in the West.
what "democracy"? Does the West have it? The beacon of
democracy, the United States of America, obliges its peoples to
choose between twiddledee and twiddledum every four years while Pax
Americana is its national and international imperative --- its now
dead National Security Advisor called it: American Primacy And Its
Geostrategic Imperatives. That beacon of lofty civilization teaching
the world the virtues of democracy and freedom so easily separates
small children from their parents at the borders with the single
stroke of the presidential pen --- never mind bombing Muslim
nations, and previously Vietnam and Korea, to smithereens with the
same stroke of pen, while permitting its proxy agent to resettle
Palestine in Palestinian cold blood.
that democracy, that freedom of this and freedom of that, is what we
want in Pakistan? God help us if that's the ultimate result of such
the Pakistani English enabled gentry, followed by those who want to
be English enabled but belong to the lower stratas of society and
can only dream of it, rush to blindly adopt copied solutions from
the West, which are already bastardized there, and which are
altogether infertile in our national soil. With this summary, below
is my comment to Hoodbhoy's oped which I support with the caveat
that we need a very authoritarian ruler who rules selflessly in the
interest of the nation for at least one generation, about 20 to 30
years, and helps this nation bypass the growing pains that the West
suffered for at least ten generations and more, in a single
generation, much like LKY of Singapore did for his people.
am sick of people making "virtues" of the West into a
religion for us. We have something far superior. There is no
religion in democracy, there is no religion in free speech. There is
religion in justice, there is religion in speaking the truth even if
one has to give one's life for it. There is religion in raising the
consciousness of the public mind. There is religion in serving the
public. There is religion in not being corrupt and not having
corruptible institutions. I rather have a nation whose preamble to
its constitution begins with the Golden Words: Do
Unto Others As You have Others Do Unto You ---- no Law
and no Right and no Privilege may be legislated in this nation that
violates that Golden Rule. I can live with that religion.
Added: Although a simple Biblical proverb that predates the Old
Testament in origin and is at least three thousand years old, and of
course never before implemented in any political theatre since the
dawn of civilization, its fair implications can be far reaching in
modern political dispensation. For instance, no Policy, domestic and
foreign, may be pursued by rulers in power that violates that Golden
Rule. This means that, among other things, Pakistan is suddenly on
equal footings in the world. She is now boldly standing up to
primacy and its geostrategic imperatives with a constitutional
mandate that remains unsurpassed in every sphere of political
dispensation. It even surpasses every revolution known to man. It is
the only revolution for man. ]
I don't care who rules the nation so long as it is a just ruler. I
don't care what laws give me right to speak or not to speak,
because, irrespective of the laws, one must speak regardless of
consequences as a categorical imperative. One must rise to challenge
falsehood as Socrates did --- and that was the highest democracy
achieved in that Athenian civilization which could only reward its
best human being and its greatest truth teller with the bowl of
hemlock! Categorical imperatives are a religion regardless of laws,
rulers, and theology.
funny thing, if one starts implementing these ideas, what do you
know, we have achieved the ideal Islamic society within a single
generation, the ideal Christian society, the ideal Jewish society,
and the ideal Hindu society! That is the society I want --- not what
the Brits have, and not what their legatees the Americans have, and
not what the Anglo-Saxon white man has preached. And will these
ideas ever be published in Pakistan, or the United States?
I gratuitously share with you this email letter inviting you to read
my friend Dr. Hoodbhoy's outstanding oped, and my comments that
is this NetrackerOnline @ gmail.com - what's your guess? When people
say "intelligence agency" for instance, whom or what are
they pointing to... a person, a policy, an institution, or to all of
is a modern notion invented in the West, same as protected speech for
individual as well as the press under a constitutional umbrella in
what is called no taxation without representation, or "democracy"
where the crowd intelligence is believed to triumph by their sheer
numbers... these ideas are Western, and firmly corrupted and co-opted
by Machiavelli, and both are unfamiliar to the Muslim psyche that has
labored under simplistic absolute dictatorial rule of almost thirteen
centuries of dynastic Muslim imperial politics; replaced by the East
India Company for almost 2 hundred last years. After the yoke of
British rule from India was thrown, it was replaced by neo-colonial
rule using a bastardized version of Britain's own corrupted and
co-opted system which kept in power and only brought to power the
feudal classes and encouraged the arising of newer feudal classes
among which is the praetorian guard of Pakistan. ....
I am not writing a treatise, only pointing out that the West had 4 to
5 hundred years to experiment, shed each others blood, and all they
ended up with is a new class ruling the Anglo-American empire in PAX
Americana. I am sure that textbooks are very nice .... reality is
in this reality, what I think is productive for Pakistani psyche for
at least 25 to 30 years is an authoritarian rule the likes of Lee
Kuan Yew, or Mahathir Mohamad , with the addition of freer speech.
All the things, all the motherhood and apple pie things you
mentioned, can be achieved. LKY once said he did not have two hundred
years that the West suffered. He only has 20.
political system is asinine. I can design a much better one in text
book. I am sure so can you. Neither will fly in the face of power
flux in Pakistan whose sources are in the West.
I liked your oped. With the above caveat, put me down as one of the
many hundreds who will support you, not millions. Your "name"
is now, and has been for a while, sadly associated with the Western
agenda to introduce Secular Humanism in Pakistan, to denuke Pakistan
--- two things come to mind among several others. You are also
thought to enjoy the protection of the American Embassy in Islamabad.
when you might say the right things, because you are saying it, it is
my uneducated guess that people might be turned off, even reasonable
people. I hope I am wrong and the millions who read your oped sign up
for it. If people are to be permitted to have the right to express
their views, then those who disagree with your views or impute impure
motives to your life's work in Pakistan also have the right to have
their own views condemning yours. I don't think we as a society are
ready for such intellectual exercise that doesn't quickly degenerate
need an authoritarian leader unhindered by self-interests who cleans
the Augean stables, educates the public mind to raise their levels in
both intellect and livelihood, builds enduring institutions,
infrastructures and policies, and leaves a legacy of a better more
participative governance system that is attuned to the psyche of the
Pakistan public mind. Remember what Eqbal Ahmed said, or is
attributed to him, something like (paraphrasing): transplanting a
tree in an inhospitable soil is the sign of idiotic gardeners... his
wording was of course more delectable.
Ebrahim Project Humanbeingsfirst.org California June 23,