Are 99% Pakistanis good ?
On hearing of the lynching of Mashal Khan by a frenzied bigoted mob of students in Pakistan, and other such incidents, many people will naturally ask how I say that 99% Pakistanis are good.
The answer is that propaganda is such a powerful thing that by using it even good people may temporarily be made bad.
For example, the Germans are good people, highly cultured and sophisticated, who have made outstanding contributions in science, arts, philosophy, etc.
But during Nazi rule, and due to propaganda by Goebbels and others, almost the whole German nation went mad, their minds poisoned to hatred of Jews, Slavs, etc.
Similarly, the communal poison which was injected by the British into Indian society from 1857 onwards year after year and decade after decade, and in various ways, resulted in Partition of India in 1947 ( see my article ‘ The Truth about Pakistan ‘ and B.N. Pande’s ‘ History in the Service of Imperialism ‘ online ). Even after 1947 certain vested interests have continued to propagate hatred between Hindus and Muslims, which has radicalized large sections of Hindus and Muslims.
The very creation of an ‘Islamic’ state was bound to generate religious extremism in Pakistan. This was aggravated by Bhutto Govt’s declaration against the Ahmedis, and Zia-ul-Haq’s policies. When the terrible poverty, massive unemployment, healthcare problems etc cannot be resolved, deflecting the minds of Pakistanis to religious extremism was regarded a good idea by the ruling elite.
But, as the proverb goes, you cannot fool all the people all the time
I repeat : 99% Pakistanis, like 99% Indians are good. 99% Hindus and 99% Muslims are good, 99% Christians, 99% Sikhs, 99% Jews, and 99% people of all communities are good.
This is what my teacher, the great French thinker Rousseau taught me, and what I will continue to believe till I am in my grave.
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