Recently, I was enjoying the sun in the garden and Mithu flew in and joined us for a brief chat, he seemed a bit jovial. Mithu is an old friend, a beautiful Indian Ringneck Parakeet. A proficient speaker. Below is the transcript of the chat between myself and Mithu.
Mithu: The world is transitioning very fast. I wish to witness the major changes taking place. I am going on a world tour. So, I have come to visit you before I leave.
Me: Oh! A world tour? Where are you going?
Mithu: Pakistan will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of its independence from British rule next month. I want to watch the gullible Pakistani public celebrating, they believe they achieved real independence on the 14th of August 1947.
Me: LOL! What do you mean? What makes you doubt that Pakistan never became fully independent on the 14th of August 1947?
Mithu: The latest political developments in the country have exposed almost everything. People in Pakistan are now questioning the role of the establishment.
Me: What do you mean by the role of the establishment?
Mithu: As Orya Maqbool Jan has mentioned many times in his TV programs, Pakistan inherited a secular establishment, bureaucracy, military, as well as judiciary. It is this inheritance that is the elephant in the room. These national institutes are the protectors of secularism in the country. These institutes are preventing Pakistan from becoming an Islamic state.
Me: Why would they prevent Pakistan from becoming a Shariah-compliant Islamic state?
Mithu: A good question but the answer depends on how far down the rabbit hole you want to go.
Me: Which rabbit hole? What do you mean?
Mithu: Never mind. I was saying even before the creation of Pakistan, many intellectuals, such as Abul A’la al-Maududi, expressed their doubts about the sincerity of the people around Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The people around Jinnah were feudal landlords, capitalists, and those with vested interests. None of them were qualified or interested in creating an Islamic state. Pakistan has remained so and was always meant to be a loyal vassal state of the Anglo-American empire.
Me: Is that true just for Pakistan or are other former colonies in the same boat too?
Mithu: It is the same everywhere. The secret to the success of soft colonialism is that not everyone can see it.
Me: What is soft colonialism?
Mithu: It’s when the former colonial masters continue to influence from behind the scene and their stooges running the country ensure the wealth of the country is shifted back to the colonial masters in one way or the other. Much of the wealth belonging to the elites of vassal states is parked in Western nations. Take Saudi Arabia for example, they have invested their wealth in American multinational companies. The Saudis are not going to get that wealth back.
Me: Why do you think the Saudis will never get their wealth back?
Mithu: Two reasons. (1) The rift between the religious elite and the political elite in Saudi Arabia. (2) The alleged involvement of Saudis in 9/11.
Me: I do not understand. What do you mean?
Mithu: Most critics agree that 9/11 was an inside job. The American establishment chose to include names of alleged hijackers of Saudi origin in their findings of 9/11 alleged terrorists, many of them found to be alive afterward. This proves that the alleged Saudi hijackers were not involved in 9/11. Then the question arises why were the names of Saudi citizens included in the list? The answer is the huge Saudi wealth invested in American businesses.
The American establishment is well aware of the ever-widening schism between the Saudi political elite and the Saudi religious elite. Without the backing of the religious elite, the Saud family may not be able to hold onto power for long. And when the Saud family is toppled, Americans will use the 9/11 weapon again to freeze the wealth belonging to the Saudi citizens and businesses.
Me: Just like it happened with the Russians. Does that mean that the Pakistani corrupt politicians who have stored their wealth in Western nations, their wealth will be confiscated too, once they become useless to the western puppet masters?
Mithu: Time will tell. I think these corrupt and despotic leaders have had their days. The game is over for them.
Me: I thought the public loved them.
Mithu: No! The so-called democracy in Pakistan is just an illusion. Like all dictators and corrupt politicians’ Pakistani rulers use fear and demoralisation to control their populations. Politicians deceive the population by offering them hope of egalitarianism. Politicians have become magicians and offer illusions. Alas, you cannot fool all the people all of the time. It is the beginning of the end for these puppets.
One of the reasons why the show is continuing is social media. These days social media have hijacked the minds of gullible people. Ordinary people in Pakistan cannot see they are being taken for a ride by short but powerful messages on social media. The power of social media is very disruptive and deceptive. Most of the Pakistani population is illiterate and does not understand how social media manipulates gullible minds.
Me: So, this is why you are going to celebrate ‘Yawm Azaadi’ in Pakistan.
Mithu: Yes. I enjoy festivities. South Asian festivities are so colourful. Therefore, I am travelling to Pakistan.
Me: OK! Have a safe journey.
This article is part of The End Of The Nation State series.