INSIGHT AND FORESIGHT

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My Father Lal Din Sharaf Sargodhavi with Qaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Nations rise, fall and are history. Nations that rise again become civilisations. My land is the oldest civilisation.

I have climbed the summit of its highest mountains, waded through dry quicksand  dunes, its very high bogs and marshes in scorching heat and sub zero temperatures. My body bears the scars of extremities I have endured. But my soul continues to pass through tribulations. Like my country I am lost between my ideals and the realities. My country still craves for its identity. I too lie unrecognised to myself. In the Orwellian glass house, I do not find my space.

I am also a soldier, just an age older who was trained in romanticism and high ideals. I decided to fade away.

As an analyst, I specialize in South Asia, Nuclear Strategy and International Political Economy. I have written continuously for the past 25 years on the security perspectives of Pakistan. Much that I wrote is now true but the world still does not believe my Foresight. I bring to readers an objective blend of Insight and Foresight; of Truth and Contrition; of Dos and Donts, of Facts and Lies and what Pakistan is and ought to be.

A wanderer and misfit, I am a POWINDA and diversity is my name. I hope the world is watching, listening and reading. Do not let me be misunderstood.

In search of Godot, I was the Central Secretary Defence, Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf and adviser to Imran Khan. I do not know if it Mattered. Now I am President Insaf Labour Wing.

SHARAFS is a progeny of the late but immortal Sharaf and our mother Easter Nazir. His children and grand children comprise business persons, engineers, doctors, educationalists, security analysts, journalists, philanthropists and soldiers. The SHARAFS stamp their mark on Pakistan Movement, Higher Professional Education, Soldiering and research on subjects as diverse as Society to Conduct of War, International Security and Nuclear Strategy.

It is painful to be ignored particularly when you talk sense, but mediocrity is what we are. SHARAFS are dreamers and talk ahead of times. They are lonely.

2 Comments »

  1. Quite a history. Envy it really.

    Comment by naila fatima dogar — August 4, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

  2. One of the core themes of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is his division of morality into two: master morality and slave morality. Anyone interested to explore this idea further can Google it.

    The purpose here is to apply Nietzsche’s this particular thought to democracy.

    Purely, in the West, the form of democracy that’s somewhat functional can be called “Master’s Democracy.” (Still a bit different from the original Athenian concept of democracy).

    This Western “Master’s Democracy” is practiced – to a greater extent, by sincere and disciplined people, and their aim – majority of the time – is welfare of the people.

    The democracy that’s exercised in the “3rd World,” is “Slave’s Democracy.” Its practitioners – to a greater extent – are insincere and self-centered, and are mostly concerned for the welfare of the masters at home and abroad.

    In the “Slave’s Democracy,” the slave practitioners don’t possess the capacity to think! Their only capacity is to follow and execute the “Master’s” script.

    The thinker or Plato’s philosopher king have no place in “Slave’s Democracy.” The thinker/philosopher king like Socrates, in the middle of the script, gets executed by the slaves as per their “master’s voice.”

    “Nipper was a dog from Bristol, England, who served as the model for an 1898 painting by Francis Barraud titled His Master’s Voice.“ Wiki

    J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the trilogy The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit introduced diverse form/types of characters originating from many different fictional tribes, and kingdoms.

    He was a practicing Roman Catholic, and firmly believed in the fundamental goodness of humanity (an Augustinian notion).

    Since he believed in the goodness of humanity, it became difficult for him to fuse “pure evil” into this goodness. Although there are characters that exhibit evil, but they don’t represent evil in its totality.

    To show pure evil, Tolkien had to invent a sub-creation that looked different from human beings, yet they possessed human attributes, i.e., head, eyes, arms, legs. The sub-creation, thus, is the embodiment of “pure evil.”

    The hallmark of the “Master’s Democracy” is generational aim/goal in sight: each generation sets its goals, and with resilience, follows it through.

    On the other hand, the “Slave’s Democracy” lacks any concrete form of generational aim/goal in sight: the life of each generation is a carbon copy of the life of an animal.

    IZH

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    Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) said:

    The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “During the Mi’raj (the Night of Ascension), I saw a group of people who were scratching their chests and faces with their copper nails. I asked, ‘Who are these people, O Jibril?’ Jibril replied: ‘These are the people who ate flesh of others (by backbiting) and trampled people’s honour.”‘

    [Abu Dawud].

    Comment by Izharul Haq — April 8, 2022 @ 1:42 pm


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