Sunday, February 24, 2008

Musing - Losing East Pakistan

Musing - Losing East Pakistan

A young Pakistani do a remembrance of things past.

[By Hassan Masud; A Lahore native, he is pursuing engineering in Materials and Metallurgy at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, near Islamabad]

A tribute to all those who lost their lives in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1971 due to the civil war that killed more than a million fellow Pakistanis.

How often is it when we do things;
Before which we neither reflect nor think.
How often is it when we do things;
That neither we want nor anyone else.

How often is it when we do things;
That hurt us more than they hurt others.
How often is it when we do things;
That ruin us more than they ruin others.

How often is it when we do things;
That stab our very own back.
How often is it when we do things;
That turn sour once we taste them for being sweet.

How often is it when we do things;
That we more than often cannot clean afterwards.
How often is it when we do things;
That we regret we ever did.

How often is it when we do things;
That our morale calls dirty and vile.
How often is it when we do things;
We still do them for whatever they are.

How often is it when we do things;
Which we know can never be worse.
How often is it when we do things;
Without flinching, cringing or shrinking away.

How often is it when we actually think of what we have done;
To us, to others and to all there ever have been.

9 comments:

AllZeeZ said...

Bring on Indo-Pak-Bangla Unity!

Ajit said...

Allzeez, that is a terrible idea! Why the heck would you want to pollute the proud Indian Army by diluting it with the rebellious rabble of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi forces?

Hassan Masud said...

AllZeeZ: Indo-Pak-Bangla Unity is, we all know, NOT possible now but a peacefull and friendly environment can still be desired and created btw these nations!


Ajit: Pakistanis and the Pakistan Army is as much proud of itself and their history as the Indian Army. Yes mistakes were made "by both sides" and that is the reason I wrote the above verses. With all due respect, it does seem a little too offensive of you to say "rebellious rabble" about our forces.

Ajit said...

"Rebellious rabble" is a just description given the Pakistani and Bangladeshi armies' history of overthrowing elected civilian governments.

If that is "offensive" they have done their best to earn the opprobrium.

Hassan Masud said...

Ajit: Just for the sake of replying, i dont think Indian Army also deserves many accolades for doing their worst against the Kashmiri people ever!

Over frm my side! Regards!

Ajit said...

Ah, the straw man argument!

Whatever the Indian Army may or may not be doing in Kashmir -- and you really shouldn't swallow all the bile your media spews -- there is not, nor ever has been, any instance of the Indian Army interfering in the political process, leave alone becoming a parallel authority.

Come to that, how many times has an American, Russian, or Chinese Army Chief of Staff dared to dislodge a Prime Minister?

The point is that civilian control of the armed forces is taken for granted whether in a democracy, an autocracy, or a Communist dictatorship -- a discipline repeatedly violated by Pakistan's soldiers.

I can think of several reasons why "Indo-Pak-Bangla Unity" would be a horrible idea, but introducing the virus of mutiny into the Indian Army would be right up there.

Hassan Masud said...

Your point above is too correct to be further debated. I agree whole-heartedly with you on this point. Army should n MUST stay away from politics and the affairs of the Govt. in ANY case.

"Rebellious rabble" still does not describe the overall personnel of the forces!

Ajit said...

Army should n MUST stay away from politics and the affairs of the Govt. in ANY case.

Agreed.

"Rebellious rabble" still does not describe the overall personnel of the forces!

Pakistan has been unlucky in several of its Chiefs of Staff. (Possibly several Corps Commanders too?) But I agree the ordinary soldier shouldn't be burdened with the sins of his superior officers.

And on that unexpected note of agreement -- "unity" of thought, not nationality, AllZeeZ! -- the bear exits the scene. :-)

Dawood said...

Interesting how Ajit says that the Hanodi army has never interfered in the political process. I wont what a million troops are doing in Kashmir; helping old ladies cross the road or helping in the chores at home? (that's why they are so often found in Kashmiri households).

What about the political process of Kashmir? It's like the pot calling the kettle black when an Indian talks about legal stuff (legality of military take overs). India is using her military muscle to suppress the civilian independence struggle in Kashmir.

Wouldn't it be a wonderful day when Hanoodi soldiers are tried for War Crimes at the Nuremberg of India?