A few years ago, i saw some posts on social media (specially on facebook) and i came to know that some self declared philosophers are the view that not to celebrat independence day on 14th August, It doesn’t matter much because Pakistanis are not mentally independent yet. Such posts or norms are usually not read by sensible people, But I couldn’t ignore it when i saw so many posts like this. So i decided to a blog on this independence Day, for Pakistanis and specially for Pakistani social media intellectual to discuss three pointsm One, Why do people celebrate days? Two, why it matter to celebrate independence day on 14August? And last, Are we independent in this highly independent modern world.
Lets begin our journey!
Symbols have in a utilitarian sense, a remarkable significance in human society. Symbols have been as important for the people of stone age as modern era sophisticated and civilized nations. To convey something important, from cultural norms to public messages, we need and use symbols.
Historically speaking, Symbolism has played a significant role in development of societies; be it religious, cultural, political or intellectual. Any nation that possesses certail symbols feel pride in owning and celebrating them. For instance, Muslims who can afford, go to Hajj every year throw stones at the Satan or fast in the holy month of Ramadan.What is this? These religious practice based upon the philosophy of symbolism. Also Easter for Christians and Holi for Hindus carry substantial symbolic value.
In modern world, people celebrated special days almost globally like mother’s day and father’s day etc. And these days have greater cultural and people celebrate it to honor a relationship. People do celebrate special days for special reason. These reasons can be cultural, political and purel intellectual. But the crux of matter is that celebrating a day for a specific reason can demonstrate the extraordinary significance of a particular phenomenon in our society.
The question: Why is it important to celebrate our independence day? Its very interesting and very important to us to discuss this. As stated above the special days reflects the importance of certain personality or relationships and by celebrating a day people acknowledge the significance of these subjects. Pakistan celebrate independence day on 14 August. This day on one hand demonstrates the significance of freedom and reminds the sacrifices of our ancestors and on the other hand it unites the whole nation under one flag. If the nation are united they can never be defeated or destroyed, no matter how strongly they are attacked. This is a political symbol which unites our past and present and gives us a guide to determine our future. So Pakistan must remember history, should own it and ought to celebrate it.
Lets move to the last point of discussion That is: Are we independent?
The question is very important one for Pakistanis. There is profound confusion that has been intentially created while discussing this subject. Everyone believes to be independent yet shows reluctance to treat others as independent.
Interestingly, for liberals, slaves who are not living in the present age and at least, mentally they are struggling in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. For conservative, the phenomenon is described exactly opposite to what liberals narrate. They argue that speaking English, wearing jeans and questioning religious belief in Pakistani society is actually the demonstration of intellectual slavery, imposed by west.
Ironically, both liberals and conservatives don’t considee each intellectually different sane mind; rather than tag of slaves.
Look at Kashmiris:
Think about palestinians:
How about our own ancestors who were subjected to all atrocities between 1857 to 1947?
What does one conclude?
It is bit excessive to confuse intellectual differences and political affiliation with the boarder definition of independence and compromising with other nations, in this highly interdependent world, to protect one’s own national interest is never tantamount to slavery. Without cooperation with other states in this globlized world one’s own matters.
To conclude: we are independent people. We are not like those nations who is struggling for their independence since long.
Lets celebrate our independence .
Happy Independence Day!
PAKISTAN ZINDABAD 💚