Can pakistan survive tariq ali
Can Pakistan Survive by Tariq AliTariq Ali has managed to produce a remarkable political history of Pakistan, from pre partition days to the early 1980s which is still pretty relevant. The Pakistani Establishment which constitutes a select club of capitalists, feudal, Civil servants and Army officers have kept John Lawrence moral policy argument which he made back in 1866.
We have not been elected or placed in power by the people, but we are here through our moral superiority, by the force of circumstances, by the will of Providence. This alone constitutes our charter to govern India. In doing the best we can for the people, we are bound by our conscience and not theirs.
Tariq Ali has argued that no mainstream political parties right from Congress to Muslim League were ever really interested in class revolution. They choose to instead work with the establishment guidelines instead. This submissive policy has resulted in maintaining the class infrastructure intact both in India and Pakistan. And this policy of avoiding chaos has resulted in the continuance of elitist class in Pakistan which has a vested interested in keeping most of the population ignorant. Becuase education could trigger an upheaval which the elites want to avoid at all costs.
Tariq Ali believes that the Islam based ideology of Pakistan will eventually lead to the breakdown of the country. People need prosperity more than religion and unfortunately, none of the current political parties is promising prosperity.
India: Tariq Ali’s Plan for Pakistan
Is Tariq Ali the most famous Brit-Pak of them all? Hanif Kureshi and Lord Nazir Ahmed might dispute the title, but Tariq has been there for five decades lecturing and hectoring with the smooth tones of a former Oxford Union president. As global policy-makers reduce the million-strong nation of the whisky-drinking, bacon-and-egg scoffing Jinnah to one half of the ugly acronym Af-Pak, can Tariq Ali provide a guide to help Pakistan avoid descending into the category of failed, pariah state? As India relishes the global humiliation of its rival and Islamist ideologues mobilise, organise and kill in their ambition to reproduce the Khomeini revolution and impose a fully Islamist state in Pakistan, can the fluent words of Tariq Ali offer solutions? Originating from an upper-class elite journalist family in Lahore, he has been an adornment of the British political scene since he first organised the great teach-ins at Oxford University in the s.
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Ali's father and mother, who were cousins , eloped ; his mother later said: "Mazhar left for the Middle East on military service. I was very pregnant by then. Our son Tariq was born while Mazhar was away. By the time he returned, I had joined the Communist Party. I had given away my entire trousseau, including the family jewels, to the Party. Ali first became politically active in his teens, taking part in opposition to the military dictatorship of Pakistan. An uncle who worked in the Pakistani military intelligence  warned his parents that Ali could not be protected.