Salutation to the 65th Year

Mowahid Hussain Shah
One of the seminal events of the 20th century that had impact on Muslims and their relationship with the West was the creation of Pakistan 65 years ago.  It will continue to have an impact on the future of Muslim engagement in the Western world.  Pakistan today is commonly misperceived as the hatchery of radical Islam.  And it is what has replaced communism as America's key ideological foe. 
Decades of mistrust on dealing with the tyranny of the majority community in undivided India convinced the Quaid-e-Azam to choose the path of separation.
It was the Quaid who gave practical shape to the idea of Pakistan.  Without his helmsmanship, it would have remained a distant vision.  Motivating and mobilizing a dormant community was by itself an act of exemplary leadership. 
Those seeking the most persuasive logic behind Pakistan's creation would be well-advised to read the chapter "Dialogue With a Giant", which gives a detailed interview of the Quaid, from Beverley Nichols' 1944 book, Verdict on India.
The crux of the Quaid-e-Azam's leadership qualities lay in the fact that he could anticipate the moves of his opponents, look at the "big picture", and remain steadfast despite huge hurdles.  He had no army to back him, no super-power support, no financial resources to speak of.  Not even good health.  And yet, he prevailed amidst skepticism within his own Muslim community. 
His biggest forte was his upright character and his incorruptibility, which even his opponents acknowledged. 
So, with such precedent, why is Pakistan lurching from crisis to crisis?
Simply put, the present system is not only anti-people, but also anti-Pakistan.  It is of the few, and for the few. 
So what next?  The choice basically boils down to: to cry about it, or to do something about it. 
No man-made situation is as hopeless as it appears to be.  Out of despair emerged the dream and reality of Pakistan.
Now, since 1992, Pakistan has not won a single Olympic medal.  It may be a record for a country of 180 million with a sporting pedigree not to win even a single medal.  It speaks volumes about the direction in which the country is heading. 
The dilemma is that the educated people, who have the equipment to deliver, are too timid to deliver and the less educated, who have the courage to deliver, are too unskilled to deliver. 
Take a look at how few within Pakistan, for example, can be presented abroad to give an upright opinion on the world stage with persuasive skill and finesse. 
The battle of the 21st century is inherently a battle of ideas.  It is a battle in which, to date, Muslim voices are muted.
To celebrate the independence of Pakistan, the simplest step would be to celebrate the values of honesty, hard work, and fairness, which animated the Pakistan Movement.  Lest it be forgotten, this is a much easier task now than what was accomplished by the Quaid-e-Azam through the creation of Pakistan, on a summer day in Ramadan, 65 years ago.