The Forgotten Civil Disobedience

Posted on October 20, 2014



Some believe that Pakistan is going through an important phase,

the phase which is not perceived to be much different to the one that many developed countries went through long ago and it is claimed that the chronicles would be told to the future generations of these great landmarks.

Recently, a wave of Civil Disobedience was believed to be ignited. It caught the attention of not only the masses within the boundaries but also across the borders. Something unusual was supposed to happen but all seemed to be ending up in smoke.

With 70% population under 30 and internet access with around 30 million, social media has provided a way of being satisfied, satisfaction of being heard. Although it does not represent the country but this chunk was initially observed to be swayed away with the idea. Who would mind a handsome discount anyway? But it’s not easy to fight for the discount for eternity, mood swings? No, not only that, it’s also about being consistent with the demand and for that purpose, you have to be ideally very strong and strength comes with faith. That requires some hardships like getting basic necessities severed and some patient arguments. Can’t do that? Forget it! that does not cease you being a supporter, right?

Long ago, with that I mean really long ago, around 1783, some 13 states of America were British Colonies. Tea was emerging then and those colonies were required to send back tax on it to the Great Britain. They realized this inequality, ceased paying the taxes and eventually this move ended up getting America freed from the British rule.

Similarly, Mahatma Gandhi initiated the move of Civil Disobedience against the British rule in India during 1930. He walked around 240 miles (no, that’s not the reason of him being so skinny) and during that he gathered as many as fifty thousand supporters with him. He hit the shore and declared that Indians would not pay any taxes on the salt to the British. Though arrested later but that’s what he wanted, it made him politically stronger. Lucky enough not to have someone like Hitler on the other end. However, that ended up in what was desired.

Whenever you are going to do something massive, ask some simple questions to yourself: What is the objective? What is the purpose? What is to be achieved? How would this help to achieve the ultimate goal and there should be one. What would be the probable answers of these questions if the claimants of our version of Civil Disobedients had asked themselves? Blah!
So, who do we have on the other side? French Revolution included the monarchs, Gandhi and Americans had British invaders and even if you take the example of Hosni Mubarak, he was a dictator who ruled for three decades without being sent to Saudi Arabia. So, these cases do not seem to be fitting here. We had dictators on and off to dent our cultural values and system. If people’s representation, no matter true or not, has starting to emerge, these disobediences are not going to be of any help but cause irreparable loss.

This is however not the denial of potential and actual problems that are highlighted in public on regular basis. It would no doubt result in public awareness and that is what required the most. The greater problems seem to be vested among the mass, the social evils are in the roots and require resistance at larger scale. The positive changes can be brought without resuming the absolute powers and in our case, without taking oath of Prime Minister. Although already at the verge of being forgotten, politically, the move seems to be played at a very earlier stage.