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No Victims!

No Victims.

by Ali Khan on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 2:24pm

We are a country full of victims. Everyone is innocent. This or that happened because someone, something, anything happened that was really not my fault. And when there is no someone or something, its divine will so no further debate there. So I learnt recently that there would be a munument built for Ms. Bhutto on one of the most expensive and desired properties of Islamabad, costing the country several hundred million dollars (Arbo rupay).  What?????

She died tragically. I admit. I’ll read two nafals  and pray for her.

But is it not the same Bhutto who was accused of massive corruption and complete mismanagement of government during her tenures?Didnt she appoint cronies to key governemnt positions who milked the state dry. Didnt she accumulate massive wealth through her position and transferred almost all of it abroad. Was she not responsible as the Prime Minister for all that?

No, comes the answer. She was completely innocent. All the allegations and cases were ‘politically motivated’. She was not allowed to govern. It was her corrupt husband, not her. blah blah   Ok. Some of those allegations and cases may have been politically motivated. She may not have been allowed to govern as much or the way she liked. It may even had been her husband charging people a certian percentage on state contracts, all the while she was kept completely in dark by him and her other aides.

I dont think so.

The point is that we have made a victim out of her and she played it very well, even in her death. These days I rarely see anyone, not even her opponents, recalling her corruption or mismanagement or incompetency. They call her ‘Muhtarma shaheed’ because they know that we, as a nation, throw all objectivity out the window when faced with even the slightest of tough (but right) choices. Do we vote for her party because we feel bad for her? Reminds me of an Indian movie (Hazaro Khwaheshain Aisee…great movie..highly recommend). In one scene the villagers are up in arms against their ‘vadaira’ or landlord and are about to beat the hell out of him (or kill him…I dont remember precisely).. Suddenly the vadaira gets a heart attack. The reaction and mood of the people who were seething with anger just moments ago, changes dramatically. They forget all and start praying or crying for him!

We are crying for the wrong people. Heck, PPP was given its eternal life because Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged. Even today, people vote for PPP in his name. I am one of Bhutto’s admirers but that does not make him a saint. He too did some terrible things.The government is not and should not be in the business of giving people ‘roti, kapra and makan’. The govt’s responsibilty is to provide security (from external and internal threats) and a stable environment(through tough and smart laws) where economic growth can take place and people earn their own roti, kapra and makan. Charity has never solved poverty. But again, our objectivity is lost.

We remember people like Bhutto (and his daughter) as victims of injustice, of barbarism and in time glorify them. The same has happened with some of our religious figures. Due to some current events it is perhaps best I dont go into it out of respect but let me just say that some unjust acts may have been committed on all sides.

Our beloved prophet died a normal death. He grew old and died. Yet, he is followed (well..not exactly followed but you know what I mean) by more than 1 billion souls. He traded, married, fought wars, and did most other things that we can comprehend despite the superstitious stories. He was no victim and luckily he did not create any.

In the United States too, people tend to loose objectivity about their leaders after a while (and esp after their deaths). Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan and even Richard Nixon are slowly being transformed into ‘great American Presidents’.

Unless and until we rid ourselves of these unpractical and useless emotional sentiments, we will continue to go in circles. And the irony that today , Zardari is ordering an inquiry into the cricketer’s alleged kickbacks, will continue. If we let people like Zardari be ousted through extra-legal means ( i know they will play the victim card no matter what happens), rest assured that they will be back in a few years, having convinced us of their victimization, throwing the same old ‘Bhutto’ name at us, this time with ‘Bilawal Bhutto’  pretending to carry the torch and declaring (once again) to take revenge for the many ‘injustices’ from vague nouns.

Replacing Jinnah with Bhuttos?
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