March 23, 2010: Quowat-i-Akhowat-i-Awam

Posted on March 23, 2010
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Today is March 23. Pakistan Day.

Today, let us listen to the Pakistan National Anthem one more time. Not just ‘hear’ it. But actually listen to it. The words, with its heavy Persian influence, may be difficult for some. But the meaning is not. Nor should the passion.

We have written about the history of the anthem (including about Prof. Jagan Nath Azad, the creator of Pakistan’s first national anthem) before. And we hope to write about it again, including how this current national anthem came to be.

But today, on Pakistan Day, let us sit back, take a minute, to listen and to concentrate. To concentrate on the promise and on the prayer that is Pakistan’s national anthem.

15 Comments on “March 23, 2010: Quowat-i-Akhowat-i-Awam

  1. March 23rd, 2010 12:19 am

    We have been through though times from decade but specially from 2 years.Economics at its worst of 2 % GDP, thanks to TTP+Al-Qaeda ! In 2006-2007 alone Pakistan have 8.1 billion dollars foreign investment but now local investors are running to Dubai,Europe and even to Bangladesh.Governance is worst and corruption scandals are on thier way. But still on 23rd March , if we have only few inviduals like these , there must be a silver lining in the dark

    http://chowk.com/unplugged/t/83183

  2. Bushra says:
    March 23rd, 2010 1:39 am

    Loved both the videos, but specially the first one which was so emotional and made me think of the tarana in a new light.

  3. ARSHAD says:
    March 23rd, 2010 8:07 am

    Congrats to Prof. Najam on his Medal today

    saw it on TV

  4. Obaid says:
    March 23rd, 2010 8:12 am

    I had not seen this version of the anthem before. Very goo job and with so many of the great singers. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jamshed says:
    March 23rd, 2010 8:55 am

    These are testing times for Pakistan.So much has gone wrong so quickly.We’ll hear more speeches and more platitudes on this day.But Pakistan faces an uphill struggle.Pakistanis will have to make many more sacrifices and fight all enemies,both internal and external.And I wish for a modicum of good governance.

  6. Lubna says:
    March 23rd, 2010 9:01 am

    Another good post. I liked the first video and the candid views very much

  7. Sridhar says:
    March 23rd, 2010 1:52 pm

    Happy Pakistan Day!

  8. Hassan says:
    March 23rd, 2010 2:34 pm

    I love the headline.

    But I do not think people are doing what you asked them to do. Think about the words. The promise was of QOWAT E AKHOWAT E AWAM.

    People are supreme. All people. All religions. All sects. All creeds. Pakistan for Pakistanis. All Pakistanis.

  9. MQ says:
    March 23rd, 2010 2:58 pm

    Two lines in the anthem are particularly meaningful:

    Pak sarzameen ka nizaam
    Quwat-i-akhowat-i- awaam

    The first line asks or suggests what would be the system of government in Pakistan. The second line answers “power and unity of the people”. It doesn’t say ‘nizam-i-shariat’, ‘nizam-i-adal’ or ‘nizam-i-Sufi Mohammad’ or any of those systems touted by the Qazis, Maulanas and Jihadis of Pakistan.

    Just think about it.

  10. readinglord says:
    March 23rd, 2010 7:42 pm

    Another thing it says:

    “Qoum, mulk, saltanat
    Paa’inda, taa’binda baad”

    Just see the order of the three political entities: It was the ‘Nation’ first which created the ‘mulk’ (country) and then comes the ‘Saltanat’, i.e., the state and government. That is the factual history of Pakistan. But we reverse this order when we say,” Pakistan he to ham hein (We will exist only if Pakistan exists)”. This means the state is the first and foremost and the nation, which brought it into existance, does not matter at all. This is the mentality, you may call it feudal, which was the cause of separation of East Pakistan and has put into jeopardy even the remaining part of it. It is what had led Hakiimul-Ummat, Allama Iqbal, to say:

    “In taaza khudaaon mein naiya sab se watan he
    Jo is ka he peiraahan woh mazhab ka kafan he”

    By ‘mazhab’ Allama obviously meant ‘deen’, the will or wefare of the nation, as opposed to ‘taghooti’ (despotic or anti-people and anti-human government).

  11. Gardezi says:
    March 24th, 2010 8:36 am

    The first video made me think about tarana like I have never done before. The title about Awam power is important and we should always remember that this is important. People of Pakistan and all people of Pakistan, not those of any one religion or sect.

  12. Ayesha says:
    March 28th, 2010 6:36 am

    I am so glad to see this. The new anthem version makes one very proud.

  13. Umar says:
    March 28th, 2010 8:06 am

    Nice videos
    Enjoyed them very much. Both.

  14. Ghiasuddin says:
    March 30th, 2010 1:16 am

    Love the videos. They add a whole new life into the anthem

  15. Amjad says:
    May 11th, 2010 12:09 pm

    I like this version of the anthem very much, specially the video.

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