National pride is best understood in the inflated sense that one’s nation is the best, often because it is more consecrated and superior than other nations. Somehow our concept of national pride got warped with the early demise of our Founding Father and the inept leadership that followed the notion of collective pride in being Pakistanis and set about developing individual vanity. A conflict of identity, multitude corruption scandals, politics infested with corrupt politicians, frequent spells of marshal laws, numerous shackles on judiciary and gags on media, nuclear proliferation, unending episodes of match fixing , myriad incidents linked to “Pakistan based terrorist”, target killings and sectarianism, a nation riddled with economic woes et al, all this has wounded the national pride of Pakistan to a new low.
The results of a latest Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan has indicated that the proportion of Pakistanis who feel pride in their nation dropped drastically since the time of the country’s 50th anniversary.
Ever since the great country of Pakistan was formed, it has been going through its ideological and identity crisis which dented the national pride to a great extent. Agreed, that the vision of the forefathers was to create a separate land for the Muslims of the Sub Continent. The Quaid was unequivocally clear about his vision. He saw a land which was for the Muslims, yet a land which followed the great tradition of Muslims living in harmony with their Non Muslim brethren. A common thread binding them, called the nation of Pakistan.
The second case of this crisis in the chronology is the crisis of East and West Pakistan. At the time of inception, Pakistan inherited East and West Pakistan with one and four provinces respectively. Population of East Pakistan alone was more than that of the total population of the four provinces of West Pakistan. The seeds of identity crisis were sown with the ‘language controversy’, where by Urdu was declared as the national language of Pakistan while Urdu was the influencing language only in West Pakistan. This language controversy and some other strategies which lead to the deprived feelings among the natives of East Pakistan and the ultimate consequence was an identity crisis in the form of separation of East Pakistan in 1971.
Social injustice and negative image of Pakistan on international screen also deteriorated the national pride. Constitution is the base of any new born state but in case of Pakistan this base couldn’t be established even after about a decade of the inception of Pakistan. So when there was no base for people, the process of nation building started very late. Latterly the termination of 1956’s and 1962’s constitutions fulfilled the remaining part of delayed development of nationalism.
Secondly the political system of a nation is the index of its distinctiveness. Unluckily, in this regard we have not been so fortunate. Almost all the politicians have out shown the ability of exquisite attainment of their personal or group benefits. This created uncertain circumstances for the nation to achieve the individuality goal. In this situation the youth couldn’t get the proper guideline for the active participation in the national affairs. Another aspects was lack of opportunities for them to improve the national morale and to set positive trends, which further shaken the nationalistic bond.
Part played by social injustice in the development of “we feeling” is not negligible. This social injustice also arose at the very threshold of our independence. At the time of partition millions of Muslims migrated, leaving their valuables and properties. This gave the opportunity to some people to attain the acquisition of these massive properties. Such people latterly, enslaved some others in order to become ‘jagirdars’, and hence diminished the national pride in the form of ‘feudalism’, making people to...