well this is worth reading Past, present, and future of Pakistan Story
let me get some nuggets from it
WHEN I was little, I read history books, even textbooks, with a great deal of reverence. The record of the past, I thought, must be revered for it represented a sort of truth of the ages, the story that connected to the present. I had no idea that history, like so much else, can be created and laid in service for the accomplishment of this or that political or religious goal.
Like a good Pakistani nationalist, I believed that history began when Muhammad Bin Qasim, that particularly intrepid commander of Arab pedigree, sailed over to somewhere along the Sindhi coast. The people living in the unhappiness of the Indian caste system, I imagined as eagerly awaiting his arrival. Even the age of the British Empire appeared not a particularly dark and defeated chapter of South Asian history. The Muslims had been brave all along, my book said, and had killed many Britons during the war of independence of 1857; they remained the more vocal and less obsequious of the ruled and all insisted on separate states.In a history boiled down only to a religious past lies a simplistic moral clarity that may never be present in a truthful reality.
I had faith in all these things for an inordinately long time. It was not merely the paucity of textbook knowledge that led me to cling to them; it was, instead, something far more complex, deeper than the absence of other perspectives. This something was the consequence of the sort of programming that history in the service of nationalism can accomplish. I was and am still a believer in my faith, so I kept the compendium of hyperbole regarding the Muslim conquest and the 1857 uprising and the Muslim role in the partition of the subcontinent without questioning why they had been tagged on. I also believed one could not be a good person or a good Pakistani without doing so.
I read the other books and I learned the other perspectives, I saw facts that directly contradicted them and theories that explained them, but in my mind’s eye and my heart’s chambers there was still and only that swashbuckling Arab commander, those forever undaunted freedom fighters.
The sum of it all was and is simple: I could not imagine being a Pakistani, a good Pakistani, without the confabulations of the past. In a romanticised history boiled down only to an Islamic past lies a simplistic moral clarity that may never be present in a truthful reality, mottled and grey and true to the chaos of how things actually happen. The story of the glorious past, the underdog but ever victorious military, the doggedness of my own ancestors against the subservience of the Hindus, seduced and tempted and forever inhabited my psyche as the truth of things past. It could not be erased simply because I knew much of it was a distortion; as a Pakistani, a good Pakistani, I had to believe in it; I did not know how to stop believing.
The generation that is in school now and has grown up in the interim is likely afflicted with the same addiction — but it does not have to be this way. Decolonising the past is now a global endeavour with many post-colonial nations participating in it. The models of textbooks and post-colonial histories from all over the world are present for Pakistan to take tips from. The new government poised to begin its tenure could start a new chapter in this regard, expunging the hateful content of textbooks that vilify religious and sectarian minorities, replace ‘K for kalashnikov’ with ‘K for knowledge’.
.....— and Pakistan deserves better than that.....
that is from Rafia Zakaria
published in dawn .. well she learned to question., she is questioning Arab pedigree and Muhammad Bin Qasim story,
... . that is a good thing., Nationalism can go both ways., Nationalism with an unquestionable leader of nation is a kind of last resort to scoundrels that play on the emotions of innocent unsuspected uneducated to keep power and to go on looting the nations