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Congratulations to those who are desperate for a Revolution- by Ali Raja

If we roam around the English Language, very easily shall we be able to highlight and mark out the “Darling Terms” of English Language. Darling term to me is a term which pleasantly flavours the taste buds of certain individuals, certain groups or certain circles and therefore these circles are very fond of usage of these terms without any context, prerequisites and scenario or in some cases even without prior knowledge of its literal meaning. Literal meaning is required at a platform where a term is being used in order to achieve a practical objective related to it but in case some one intends to achieve narrow personal benefits who cares what it stands for? In such cases the only meaning a darling term holds that it is term which makes the masses jump.

On practical grounds there are several darlings in English language. Let us take “Love” for an instant. If you can some how get your hands over the database of global flirtation stories you will be able to asses that the term Love lies behind all. The operators used it to achieve personal benefits and the others fell prey. “Need of Hour” might be another perfect example, this term lies behind all the manipulations with laws and ethics across the globe and masses have fallen for it. So in short the operators of these darlings are in 90% of the cases are unaware of the meaning of the term but are aware of the advantages it would produce.

Unfortunately the Political History of Pakistan is super saturated with the excess of usage of Darling Terms. The operators of these terms have always been well aware of the intellectual standards of the Pakistani nation and have very successfully hunted the emotions of them. Pakistanis being a developing nation has time to time fell prey of this sugar coated Cooper Sulphate and have ended the life of their progress by their own hands. Locating examples out of the history in Pakistan is a 5th grader task, reason being the abundance. “National Interest” is one them, this term was abundantly used in the 60s by Ayub Khan and his moth pieces. Be it the trade of Pakistani rivers, be it the privatization of Gandhara Industries or be the Tashkent surrender, Ayub Khan always applied the term to manipulate with the facts. The Term “Islamic” has been another darling term in our history, the enforcement of an “Islamic” system, the preservation of an “Islamic” civilization has been a long lasting dream of masses and many have spent lives over the theory but when asked what an Islamic system really is and what methodology will be applied for its implementation the answer is hard to locate. “Modernization” was a term used by Pervez Musharaf for his continuation of thrown, “Illegal Abductions”, “Rapes by Soldiers” and “Barbaric Operations” were all coated in “Modernization”. Pakistan thus holds a very “Bright History” in this regard.

“Revolution” is a term that has provided cover to eradication of public rule throughout the 6 decades of Pakistani politics and I have been compelled to asses the term due to the excess of its usage in the current scenario.  From the past 2 years the term revolution has been on the tip of tongue of certain individuals. There are several in Pakistan who hearken for a revolution and they insist it to be the only solution of problems in Pakistan. To them revolution will produce electricity, it will resolve poverty, it will eradicate corruption, it will end terrorism, it will raise the currency value in short a Revolution is the ultimate solution to all head aches. As always the Pakistani nation seems to be a revolutionary fever and around the roads, in the corners across the Internet people are talking of a revolutions but a sharp assessment of the term unfortunately reviles it to be another darling. It completely fulfills the criteria.

The first reason for it being a darling is that it is being used in without the context. No one on mother Earth can clarify that how a revolution shall elevate the social standards of Pakistan. How shall a revolution address the problems of energy, education, trade, industries, resources, agriculture, development, technology etc? Will this revolution come with power plants, agricultural pesticides, built up dams, extraction of natural resources, tons of crude oil, industry for its refinery, embedded systems etc? If not then how come will it be able to solve the problems? The answer is unknown.

The second reason for its classification is the the absence of assessment of its repercussions. In a state with nuclear arsenal what sort of a revolution is being cooked? Will the revolution be calm and cool like a breeze or will it be a gust of hot air leading to a civil war. Will the same revolution be acceptable to 4 provinces or even two or will be a Takht e Lahore decision and will a Takht e Lahore decision this time lead to the dis integration of Pakistan. Will this revolution be a final blow to the preservation of the Federation?

The third reason for its allotment to darling category is the misplacement of the term without completion of the prerequisites. The ones talking about the repetition of French and Iranian revolution fall silent when asked that weather those conditions prevail in Pakistan and weather any of these revolutions hooped in during a democratic tenure. Any of the global revolutions has never initiated in a democratically elected tenure. Then why to expect in Pakistan?

The foremost reason for calling this “Revolution” a Darling Revolution is that its operators have like always never tried to even find the literal meaning of the term they are in love with. Let me, you and all of us asses the term for a moment. The word “Revolution” according to “Websters” is “A Significant damage to “Status quo”. I am hell of a sure that more than half of the ones raising the slogans of revolution are unaware of the term “Status quo”. Status quo is the continuation of a dead lock that prevails in a system. So in short in simple terms Revolution is some thing that brings about a change. Hey!!!!!Wait a second this seems to be failure. Did some one say bringing changes in a system, changes which were waited for. Is that what is revolution???Then what are we waiting for????The revolution is already here. I can see it then why can’t you????You said breaking the status quo is revolution then

In a country which has a history of political victimization, arrests and trial a government has not initiated a single case on any of its political opponents. Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif all others they are free to roam, free to shout on the top of their throat and no prosecutions await them. No bogus tribunals can be seen, locating political prisoners is impossible. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where transparency has always been the domain of the government it self an opposition leader has been made the Charmian of the Public Accounts Committee. Government has given its hat in the opponent hands. The opposition is free to asses all usage of public accounts. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where imprisonments are the trend and not the releases, Munir Mengal was brought to grounds from behind the bars. Hundreds were released from hide outs and are today in their homes. They did not belong to the PPPP can I call it a revolution?

In a country where Chief Executives never bothered to come to the Parliament and never bothered to be a part of it a Prime Minister with the name Yousuf Raza Gillani came a ahead and for the first time in the parliamentary history of Pakistan gave answers to questions in the Parliament. He made the Parliament autonomous enough to act according to its will. The President despite having reservations had to put his signatures on the Nizam e Adal regulation after its approval from the Parliament. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where opposition was subjected to victimization in each and every regard a government assured equal distribution of Parliamentary funds to all Parliamentarians, regardless of their affiliations. Furthermore they accept the fact. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where women were subjected to humiliation and social disapproval a government made a woman Speaker of the National Assembly and other the Governor of Gillgit and Baltistan. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where PMs used to walk to GHQ for a briefing there came a Parliament which was briefed by the the COAS and the DG ISI in the Parliament. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where men in power used to grab authorities rather than give them there came a President who gave away his authorities to an Elected Parliament. He clipped his wings by his own scissors. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where jobs used to be snatched away there came a government which not only confirmed the contract employees of the past but also reinstated those who were deprived of rights due to politics. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where provinces could not stand by a single agreement over financial distribution of assets there came a time when they agreed over the NFC and stood side by side for a brighter Pakistan.Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where Federation was always willing to grab as much as it could there came a time when the right of the provinces over their assets was approved by the Federation. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where Pakhtuns used to hearken for their identity and were tagged traitors in return there came a time when they achieved what they wished for. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where people of Gilgit Baltistan did not know who they are, with whom their affiliations lie and who is meant to solve their problems there came a time when they were given a self governance structure. Can I talk it a revolution?

In a country where Army used to be deployed, where Operations used to be initiated, where check posts used to be established in order to reach solutions there came a government which suspended Garrison constructions, abandoned check posts and rendered apologies in order to solve problems. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where collars used to be torn over national policies when the Chief Executive i.e Prime Minister of Pakistan called an APC over law enforcement actions in the Frontiers and took the opposition into confidence over matters of National Security such as Mummbai Incidents or Foreign Policy such as Sharm ul Sheikh dialogue. Can I call it a Revolution?

In a country where dragging the hell out of the labour class was a hobby there came a time when these scum of industries became owner of them and an era of labour ownership initiated began? Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where state interest always superseded public interest there came a time when in an economic turmoil the government decided to increase the salaries of the working class by an amount of 50%, despite knowing that it would create problems for its self. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where self centric policies used to be made there came a time when the Services Tribunal was reinstated which made it legal to challenge its own executive decisions. Can I call it a revolution?

In a country where legislation was always controversial there came a Parliament which stood shoulder to shoulder on the amendment of the constitution. Can I call it a revolution?

Like it or not the answer to all these questions and many more like them is YES!!!!! A Loud and Clear Yes. Ask your heart if you trust it to be honest and your answer will not be very different. The ground reality is as clear as a crystal. The ice on the mountains has began to melt, the lakes of the frozen land have began to flow, The status quo that has haunted us for decades and decades has started to evaporate. The mild revolution, the steady revolution, the green revolution, the revolution of 21st century is already on the field. Now let’s be humble to it and not push it score rapidly, let us give it a chance to have a steady and fine innings. Just like the ice needs time to melt, the lake needs time to to flow, in the very same fashion your long lasting revolution needs time to produce substantial results. Let your darling make love its way. Congratulations To Those Who Are Desperate For A Revolution, The Revolution Is Already Here Go Embrace It!!!!!

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  • The word “Darling” was quite charming!!!!!To be honest enough I myself was very fond of this “Revolution” theory but this article made me realize I have already achieved it!!!!Cool!!!!Thanks Ali!!!!