'After freedom' relations

Monday, September 26, 2011




The ‘after freedom’ position requires a nation to decide with utmost clarity what relations it intends to keep with other members of the world it dwells in, especially with its former masters, as any nation in the condition of slavery tends (and mostly ‘needs’) to adopt norms and customs, literature and the ways of thinking of their masters.

Freedom, once achieved, demands an outlook different from the previous, hence former influences can either be washed away, or (better still) molded so as the free nation can benefit the most out of them.

An question, however, is raised as to what status of relation does the independent state enjoys with the previous masters and based on what lines or factors any equal platform may be worked out for future.

After a state achieves freedom, establishing foundations of relations with the former masters on equal footing requires a development involving psyche of the people and their social canon, helped by the literary circles, historical identity, causes behind the freedom fight, and the course a nation intends on taking in the making of the future world.

Right answer with clarity of approach is needed to tackle such an issue so that the sentiments of the nation and the needs of the present day are met with equal benefit.

2 comments:

Akhtar Wasim Dar said...

Literature is one barometer that shows how independent a nation and its people are, while when we read Pakistani literature in English language we find there is lack of independent substance because the English writer of Pakistan thinks, evaluates and understand the issues at hand in the structures and symbols provided by western thought. He is totally oblivious of indigence and domestic needs and aspirations. On the other hand the literature written in Urdu language which brings out the indigence issues lacks wider readership because of very poor marketing of these ideas in this age of media globalization. Promotion of national language is the basis on which national cohesion is formed and the desires and aspirations of people are cultivated, harvest and reaped

Namrah Mahmood said...

I agree with u
Some of us have lost the self-confidence which is required for independent reasoning, thinking that no good can be associated to/ expected from any of our collective national decision/action/sentiment, hence ignoring the domestic needs and aspirations.
From literature this trend is shifting to our everyday life too, where we find people either giving importance to one's own provincial language or to English language, promoting a sense of alienation towards national identities and aspirations.
And I feel if we need to bring any change schools should be the first target, mass media the second, because a young mind takes more impression from these sources and once the master-pieces of our consensus literature are known by the young, modern literature will soon find a new spirit in it. For I feel literature produced by Iqbal or Ibne Safi has much to offer to the youth of the day, helping them with the issues they face, more than any other literature or source can ever provide them with.
But for that to happen we need to put in our efforts.
Regards

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