Lack of National Equality Risks the Gains

Lack of National Equality Risks the Gains

Allah is the absolute and the sole master of mankind and the universe, and we believe in it. As he has given each human dignity and honor, and breathed into him of his own spirit with best principles and guidance, it persuades that men are essentially the same. In fact, the only differences between them are such artificial ones as nationality, color, or race. Thus, all human beings are equal and from one universal community that is united in its submission and obedience to Allah Almighty. And at the center of this universal brotherhood is the equality and justicethat by extension includes the oneness and brotherhood of humanity.

As we give statements, perhaps at homes with our children, parents, relatives and colleagues and read every day about the equality of mankind on this universe that all human beings are equal in every society we live and that we have the equal rights with opportunities for voting to choose the right person, beyond his color, race or religion just to live a better life with opportunities and rights that contribute to our civilization and progress both in the lives of our children and us, but in practical life, we constantly make mistakes in choosing someone at country and society levels who instead of commitment to build our society and prepare opportunities for our children to grow in better and safe environment, violates the rule of laws, and working for destruction and backwardness it his nation by the name of color or sects.

Generally speaking, we are constantly giving devotions for those corrupt persons who have only been focusing to escape the hard circumstances when it comes to face. They have been repeatedly working to keep us unaware of the realities and building their positions to keep us backward, while building to work for their own personal ill goals and objectives by dividing the nations.

In the same way, Afghanistan has been facing every unimaginable circumstance through particular nation or leaders throughout its history. The sufferings and bloodshed that this war-torn nation has been tolerating in the past decades was only because of the corrupt leaders who have come to rule the people by force and power traditionally as it has been followed in the same manner by their forefathers. We have committed ourselves to unwanted devotions in which we have lost our dearest ones by the name of religion, race or color.

I feel pity for those followers of the corrupt leaders and those who still wish to do so. We have never thought of our responsibilities in our families, societies and country at large that we are entitled to give the best generation to the society so that the life with injustice, discrimination and forced rules or laws get vanished and enable our children to live a life in which everyone, from any race, color or religion enjoys a life free from violence, discrimination or power.

In fact, we are responsible for all these violence, discrimination, unjust rules of law, corruption and injustice in our society.We are believed to be the corrupt, backward and illiteratenation in the world. We have never noted the failurelessons from our past. We still face the same trouble. We accept any order comes from the leader who has nothing to do with our personal and professionallife. We accept that our children should live the same in darkness and backwardness like us. In most part of our country, there are still sermons going on among the people that school will disrupt the minds of children and that education is (Haram) taboo in Islam! And we proudly follow it by killing our children and their future.

The questions rises that why is that so? Why are we killing our own conscience and children just for the sack of a notion? What have we achieved in the last few decades by doing so? We risked our lives and increased the rate of violence and hatred.

Why still some citizens have to suffer the lack of opportunities in educational or job opportunities just because of their color or sect? The champions of the cause of human equality are silent on this unfortunate but deliberate reverse discrimination. All appears well because most of the citizens belong to the pampered sections of majority with power. I many times wonder why we the citizens of this country are not demanding to select the best Afghansbased on merit, color, religion, power or majority of population! When many citizens claim to be backward or something like that then where has equality gone? Are they not voluntarily claiming weak and are asking for special privileges? And when we provide them are we treating all citizens equally in our society?

In democracy, majority decide things for their own interest and even if justice or justness suffers no one cares and threateningly attack anyone who dares to point out this agreed-for exploitation of the rest of the sections other than the backward, empowered or weeksections in the society. No one in the present generation of the so-called forward and powerful sections is interested in discriminating or otherwise other sections as their ancestors are alleged as doing, and though the reality and truth in our society has never been debated and if it has been debated, none of them ever listened or realized.

The majority of the citizens or in their name some narrow minded and selfish leaders have hijacked all kinds of institutions in our country and are perpetuating their dynastic grip on them. This is not good for the nation and this will surly lead us to civil war or bloodshed with worst ever consequences on those of his educated followers.

It is repeatedly said that, a nation progresses on strength and capability of its citizens, loyal leader who cares for his country and nations at large and not on pampering the backwardness, as of now in our country. Such indulging only leads to artificial equality and nation suffers the rule of the inefficient who have no ability except for knowing the art of dividing citizens on caste, region, religion, color, language and sub-nationality lines as of now.

It is worth saying, we have to understand and believe logically with the power of mindthatall sects living in this suffering land is the same. Pushthoons, Tajiks, Uzbaks, Tajiks, Pushtoons,Hazaras, Hindus, Turkmans, Arabs and many other sects are living in this land are all the same with entitlement to equal opportunities and contribution to the wellbeing of the society but the current ordinary political leader is not doing the same. He isdividing the nations into many parts and sects and he is doing wrong by misbalancingthe various sections.

Unfortunately, we are blindly appreciating the efforts in his ill and unhealthy mission.Our brothers and sisters are in bloodshed and we don’t care, because we don’t belong to that particular nation or sect, we bypass it and laugh that he is doing a good thing. We have forgotten that these ill acts of inhumanity will one day victimize them too, because he seeks for his own interest, not for his followers or for his country and we are supposed to understand it.

Everyone has the right to participate in the Affairs of state:
The Holy Quran says that the executive head of the government and the members of the assembly should be freely elected by independent choice of the people. The leader is bound to work for the interest of his nation. Lastly, Islam seeks to achieve the above-mentioned human rights and many others through the provision of certain legal safeguards.

Above all, I hope the educated segment of this society perceives the interest for their country and people and appreciate the people to follow what is right and not because of his particular language, religion and color. I am sure, on the basis of equality and rightly following, we can make a difference in our lives and as well in the lives of our future generation. They should live with the concept of equality and brotherhood, not power and sects.

 The Article First Published in Daily Outlook Afghanistan Group of Newspapers on June 09,2012


About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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