Azadi: It Is a Responsibility, Not a Privilege

Posted on August 14, 2010
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Adil Najam

This post is dedicated to twins Abdullah Khan (L) and Muhammad Bilal (R), born to Bushra Humayoun at a college converted to a camp for flood survivors by the army on the outskirts of Nowshera on August 12, 2010. May you prosper, dear Abdullah and Bilal. May you live long and fruitful lives. May you never see again a tumultuous calamity like the one you were born in the midst of.

This post is dedicated to little Shahabuddin of village Pore – fondly known as Zalzala Khan – who will turn five later this year on that day that will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2005 earthquake (read here).

This post is dedicated to all the children who spent last year’s Independence Day in Internally Displaced Pakistanis (IDP) camps across Pakistan.

All of you are survivors. Born into and in times of adversity, and rising above it. Your story is the story of Pakistan. You are the symbols of our strength. The carriers of our hopes.

This post is dedicated to all the children of Pakistan. Azadi Mubarak to all of you. May your generation make more of it than our generation – or that of our parents – did.

On this day – August 14, Youm-i-Azadi – let us continue the theme that we had started last year on this day. Then, in the midst of the IDP crisis, we had written that Azadi, freedom, is a journey, not a destination. Today, as we are caught in a spiral of unprecedented devastation brought by monsoon floods, we write to remind ourselves that Azadi is a responsibility, not a privilege.

Our azadi may not be perfect, but it is a gift we must cherish nonetheless. And it is part of that responsibility to make the quality of that azadi better for each successive generation. We have not done a good job of meeting this responsibility, but the journey must continue. This year we face the additional responsibility to rise in support of those who have been displaced by the recent floods. That responsibility is just one part of the greater responsibility that we must all remember on this day. The responsibility to make the experience of Azadi for each subsequent generation more complete and more profound that it has been for us.

Let us end with the song that has played on the pages of All Things Pakistan each year on this day as we celebrate Pakistan and our Pakistaniat. Indeed, yeh watan hamara hai.

Azadi Mubarak, Pakistan.

20 responses to “Azadi: It Is a Responsibility, Not a Privilege”

  1. Naheed says:

    Beautiful thoughts. Thank you for writing this.

  2. ali hamdani says:

    Very well said, we must protect our freedom from the menace of terrorism and the Taliban. They continuously try to threat our freedom by terrorizing us and citizens condemn such acts.

  3. Azheruddin says:

    Beautiful. This is the spirit of a true Pakistani

  4. Lubna says:

    “Our azadi may not be perfect, but it is a gift we must cherish nonetheless. And it is part of that responsibility to make the quality of that azadi better for each successive generation.”

    Sir, you really have a beautiful writing style and a way of saying what all of us are thinking.

    Pakistan zindabad.

  5. Watan Aziz says:

    “Qawali” will not improve the image of Pakistan.

    And “dua” will not change the destiny of Pakistan.

    And “tamana” will not lift the boat of Pakistanis.

    And “tarana” will not deliver “haq” and “adl” to the people of Pakistan.

    What will change is when the shared resources are delivered with the wrappings of rule of law.

    Today, more than any other day, Pakistan needs to expand it’s lower courts by adding 10,000 new judges.

    Today, more than any other day, Jagan Nath Azad’s anthem:

    Daulat hai apne mulk key bay’hudd-o-bay’hisaab
    Hon’gay hum aapp mulk key daulat say faiz’yaab

    (The country’s wealth unlimited and boundless
    We will all be blessed by the wealth)

    And if Pakistan has to be known by any other name, many it be known as the land of Equity and Justice.

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