“There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan.” Quaid-e-Azam
On March 23, 1940, a resolution was passed in Manto Park, Lahore. The day Quad e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah decided to create a new nation. As Pakistanis, we commemorate this day each year with great enthusiasm. This is why the day was called Resolution Day.
The Two-Nation Theory:
Muhammad Iqbal and Chaudhry Rahmat Ali formulated the two-nation theory. They also suggested the limits and names of the Muslim state that should be established under the two-nation theory. Significant Pakistani personalities campaigned for separation for many decades on behalf of the nation that is now Pakistan. Under a widespread notion known as ‘The Two-Nation Theory,’ it was asserted that Muslim and Hindu cultures, languages, and customs were distinct and, thus, should be kept apart to maintain each respective community’s ideology.
“Every Mussalman should serve Pakistan honestly, sincerely, and selflessly.”
Syed Ahmad Khan was the first to propose the thesis of the Two Nations, which contained the concept of forming an autonomous Muslim state, which was believed to have arisen when Islam began to penetrate the Indian Subcontinent. As a result of his innovations in education, Syed Ahmad Khan ensured that Muslims had a sense of national identity and pushed them to embrace the concept of freedom. Muslim League, a political organization, called for this secession and establishment of a Muslim country. The Lahore Resolution of 1940 was the first explicit political declaration to seek to form an independent nation. This later played a crucial part in the formation of Pakistan. Pakistan was able to establish and flourish due to the efforts of numerous influential Pakistanis.
The premise of Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Two Nations theory is that Hindus and Muslims will never enjoy a decent standard of living under a single government. The forced alliance of Hinduism and Islam over the centuries has increasingly proved ineffective, and coercion tolerance policies have led to the mutual separation of the communities of these two religions. Jinnah refutes the Hindu leader Gandhi’s claim that Muslims and Hindus constitute a single nation and must thus continue to live under a single state, hence forging shared standards of life. Jinnah asserted that Muslims and Hindus have incomparable disparities, that these differences generate two enemies every day rather than two friends, and emphasized the significance of the doctrine of the Two Nations.
Sacrifices Behind Partition:
While we celebrate Pakistan Day, we must remember those who battled for our independence and the rights of the Muslim minority in India. We must also remember visionaries such as Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who spearheaded the campaign for Pakistan and bestowed upon us the principles of unity, faith, and discipline that continue to lead us today.
“With faith, discipline, and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.”
Muslims have made numerous sacrifices for their nation. We do not find life in Pakistan to be so simple. We are here due to the sacrifices of those who lived there at the time. Obtaining freedom and independence is more complicated than it appears. We must never forget their sacrifices.
Jinnah’s ideology shapes Pakistan’s identity:
Given the dynamics context, the two-nation thesis rapidly evolved as the bedrock of Pakistani ideology. The Two Nations Theory, which is the foundation of Pakistani doctrine, appears to be based on the premise that Muslims and Hindus are distinct nations that differ in all political, cultural, religious, economic, and other socio-social domains. This philosophy, which formed the basis of Pakistan, allowed the British to comprehend and accept that Muslims are a separate and distinct country from Hindus and other Indians and should practice their religious and cultural rites within Islamic social and political conditions. Moreover, it prompted the Brits to formulate their political ideas with these circumstances in mind.
“My message to you all is of hope, courage, and confidence.”
This theory’s ascendance has allowed Muslims to coalesce, weakening the favored position of Hindus under British rule. Indian Muslims, who believe Islam is the primary religious and social determinant of their lives and that they should live their daily lives following the Islamic religious-social order, concur that establishing a new sovereign Muslim state is the only way to accomplish these objectives. The British began to classify Hindus and Muslims as two distinct countries after the creation of this thesis. They have provided the potential for both nations to build an independent state on the Indian Subcontinent. Consequently, Pakistan was founded on August 14, 1947, as the world’s first nation-state based on the premise of a religiously-based nation-state.
Lest We Forget:
Pakistan Day is not solely about commemorating the past but also about looking forward. It is a day to renew our dedication to the progress and development of our nation. Pakistan confronts numerous obstacles, such as poverty, illiteracy, and extremism, but today, we promise to strive toward conquering these obstacles and constructing a better Pakistan for future generations. Pakistan Day is essential for all Pakistanis, both domestically and internationally. It is also a day to renew our devotion to our founding fathers’ values and fight toward a better future for our nation. Let us resolve to work for a brighter and more prosperous Pakistan on this day.