Just recently I watched an Indian movie by the name of Bhag Milka Bhag and from what I hear it has been banned in Pakistan for showing negativity against Pakistan. Now what I think is it should be shown in our country because it teaches us what we have ceased to listen to for so long. Tolerance against everyone different, however different they are.
I keep repeating this but we as Pakistanis have become very intolerant and judgy. We come to conclusions quickly about people different from us and that hatred goes through generations of our family handed down like genes. We have no right to judge someone for their cast, religion and sexual orientation. We tend to overlook the fact that we have flaws too, nobody is perfect. We never stop to think before committing crimes in the name of religion, both physically and verbally.
Case in point is the targeting of minorities in Pakistan. I don’t know what kind of Pakistan these people want to have but it certainly wasn’t created to be this way. Just like it’s hard to believe that we had a thriving Jew community in Pakistan there soon will be time when we will be telling our kids or grandkids about how Pakistan had a thriving Shia, Christian, Parsi or Ahmadi community. Pakistan is losing one of its best assets yet, the melting pot of cultures. That’s what makes Pakistan because every province has its distinct culture and even religions but it’s being wiped away due to our intolerance for differences.
In Pakistani history books they always teach us about how during the partition and even pre partition Muslims were tortured and killed and discriminated against which led to us Muslims as a minority to make our own country and have freedom. Why can’t we extend the same courtesy to the minorities today? Why can’t we live and let live. We are taught about the bloody crimes that were done against people travelling to Pakistan during the partition in 1947 but forget to mention the crimes done by us to those travelling to India or during the 1971 war which led to the independence of East Pakistan as a separate country called Bangladesh? If one delves further into these incidents and stories, they are bloody and gruesome and not much better than what we accuse the Indians or the Bengalis of doing to us.
Crimes against women and gender discrimination is the most common issue we have been facing ever since the reinforcement of Pakistan as an Islamic state by our very own Zia Ul Haq. From what I have read and heard he basically set the stage for making every crime legal in the name of religion and sending us into dark ages from which we just might never recover. As a female in Pakistan despite of enjoying all the benefits of being a female we tend to be subjected to gender discrimination and not to mention treated as lowly species because religion states so. Our women in the rural areas of Pakistan and FATA are mistreated and cases like Karo Kari and throwing acid on a woman to protect the family’s izat are very common. Women are paraded naked around the village just because they refused a marriage proposal or being raped to take revenge on the family and nothing is being done about it. Women here are mistreated by those who are supposed to protect them which saddens me to no end.
Then there are those who are just very different than us. They are normal human beings despite everything but we tend to overlook that in our haste to hate them. Those people are taunted and criticized and most of the time we don’t even know these people. I recently saw a video of a man being beaten to death for eating in public during Ramazan. Now did anyone stop to think why he wasn’t fasting before beating him up? He kept on repeating that he was sick and needed food and couldn’t fast because of it but our so called pseudo mulas had turned a deaf ear. Why can’t we as humans respect other people’s choices and live in harmony? A person can be an atheist or a homosexual but those are his choices and for all I know it’s none of our business to meddle is someone else’s affairs and teach them how to live or behave and what to believe in.
This might be the most haphazard post to read because I have had these thoughts for so long that it needed to come out and it did. All I see nowadays is cruelty towards people with differences and injustice and intolerance for those who don’t see it as we do. Life is too short for all the hatred and prejudices. Lets learn to love again and be more tolerant as a nation.