Did Iqbal Say This?

Posted on March 6, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Education, Health & Disease
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I was thinking of making this an ATP Quiz, but that would be wrong because I really do not know the answer to this. So, the headline here is an honest question. Any takes?

My own guess – based just on the idiom of the quotation – is that he did not. Although he may well have thought this, or even said something quite similar.

My first thought on seeing this was to think of the comments made on this site; and those not made. But since I have recently written about those frustrations, let me not do so again. Suffice to say, whether Iqbal said this or not, its a thought worth sharing.

The picture was sent to us by a reader who took it at Abbottabad’s Kingston School for Deaf and Speech Impaired Children. That, of course, makes the subject of what we choose to say, and what we do not, all the more poignant.

I do not know why the school is called ‘Kingston’, and would love to find out. From what I have heard about the school, however, it seems to be doing good work in an area where we need to do so much more. Indeed, there is so much happening in so many places that gives one hope for a better future.

Too much of this, however, is too often drowned out in the noise of sarcasm that emanates from the perpetual cynics and the cosmetic naara baazi of patriotic tamashbeen. It is always good, therefore, to remind ourselves of the good work being done out there: one kid, one school, one step at a time.

12 responses to “Did Iqbal Say This?”

  1. i am glad the did iqbal say this “quote”
    generated interest..i loved the concept behind it when i took the picture..if he didnt say it,
    then someone should!!
    i am glad i did..

  2. Aqil Sajjad says:

    Just to add to Ejaz’s comment on webpage accessibility for the blind/visually impaired, the following on-line tool allows you to enter the URL and get a report on its accessibility:
    http://dev.wave.webaim.org/index.jsp

    Their home page also has some accessibility guidelines for webpage developers:
    http://www.webaim.org/

  3. Aqil Sajjad says:

    In addition to the quote, I also like the following lines:

    “Too much of this, however, is too often drowned out in the noise of sarcasm that emanates from the perpetual cynics and the cosmetic naara baazi of patriotic tamashbeen. It is always good, therefore, to remind ourselves of the good work being done out there: one kid, one school, one step at a time.”

    I think we want instant change, some kind of divine help that would quickly solve all the problems. Such magic can not be had in reality, so this attitude also becomes an excuse for inaction and naturally a cause for extreme sinicism.
    When Musharraf came, a large number of Pakistanis went wild with all kinds of fantacies about him being that saviour who had finally come to sort out our mess. Later, as it started dawning that he was not that rescuer, a lot of us turned into Musharraf bashers.
    Today most of the mainstream discourse on democracy is based on the refrain that ‘if the military allows the political process to continue, then…’ Again, a desire for the civil-military equation to be streightened instantly, a wait for divine or outside help in this regard, a refusal to look at what the society can do, those apparently smaller things that do not carry a promise of instant change, but are within our grasp and are very crucial for gradually developing a democratic culture.

  4. Shaji says:

    Whether or not this is his quote, we might as well associate it with him considering how he is revered in the country. Can act as a stimulus in getting people to talk.

  5. YLH says:

    This is an important quote and something we should heed from…

    For long we have let those who have nothing to do with us, dominate the discourse on Pakistan and Pakistaniat. We should reclaim our rightful due by speaking out and screaming louder than them…

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