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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Self Hating Pakistanis among us, who are they ?

The word 'Self Hating Pakistani' has been on the air online recently on social media, some attribute me as having come up with it, but I am pretty certain I am definitely not the first person to propose this idea or expression that their exist among us many Self Hating Pakistani's. Those who think I came up with the concept or the word 'Self Hating Pakistani' i was rather asked to clarify and elaborate on what it means, so I figured out why not throw in a quick blog to elaborate a little bit on this. I am still debating in the process of this blog, should I go about highlighting in bullet points the attributes of the so called self hating Pakistani's or behaviors that they display publicly, or should I just simply define who or what is a self hating Pakistani?

Let's begin with how do we define a 'self hating Pakistani', there are many definitions, some call even today's so called liberals of Pakistani society also liberals, but in simple lay man's terms a self hating Pakistani is simply one who not only does not feel a sense of pride in their national identity, but feels a sense of repulsion towards their country and its symbols of nationalism. At the same time they do not waste any time in attacking or criticizing their country. However we must not end defining this expression at this subtle definition, to elaborate we must list out some traits, attributes and publicly displayed behaviors by such people to get a clearer idea of who a self hating Pakistani.

Let's start with Pakistan's liberal intellectual lot that one finds among the urban middle classes in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. I am not going to say all of them, but a fair few of them are very cynical, I am guessing some of them have even grown up to reading NFP's Smoker's corner, and they consider it their national duty or God given national right to criticize their country arguing 'they criticize because they care'. Sure it's one thing to let's say for example criticize and rightfully bash your country for failing to protect it's minorities, it is another to label your country as one that is some demonic being hell bent on bringing misery and pain on its citizens. A lot of off on the ground movement and social media movement by the so called liberals has kind of reflected the 'our state is a monster' vibe.

My personal favorite among the self hating Pakistani lot are those still attached to their distant ancestral homelands that are not a part of this country and have failed in fully adopting and embracing their identity as Pakistani's even after generations of migration. To identify them is fairly simple, watch and observe their apathy and silence towards insults thrown at Pakistan and keep rambling about the land of their ancestors, along with the culture and traditions of those lands that lie in a foreign country now. It was that very foreign country their fore fathers left over 6 decades ago, yet they also associate themselves with the immigrant stamp card. It requires just common sense to know you are not a immigrant after three or so generations. You will also hear them make remarks by that this country is not theirs, it got hi jacked by others, even though in reality their ancestors made this country. You  will also hear them make derogatory remarks about other communities found in the country through their delusional sense of cultural superiority.

There are also those who only see Pakistan and its status quo through the eyes and ears of their political associations or political parties they associate themselves with. The resentment and and lack of attachment towards the Pakistani state and establishment usually comes from Left Wing or secularist Political parties that do not advocate nationalism, nationalism doesn't necessarily have to be tool of the right wing, even the left can say Pakistan first. In countries where people are loyal to their land, regardless of their left or right political orientation, when it comes to nationalism there is compromise. Such individuals with associations with left wing parties are also very strongly critical and resentful of the armed forces, its not rocket science to know what hatred for ones own defense force does not only to the morale of the soldiers but also to national unity and cohesion.

Then there are simpler defining characteristics of self hating Pakistani's, they include those who have lived abroad at some point or the other or have gotten some exposure to what life might be on the other side, seeing grass as greener on the other side, and are continuously in this aspiration of running away, you might even hear them  say something like 'Pakistan se Zinda Bhaag' while laughing. Other examples include those idiot bafoons who can't keep their mouth shut at a cricket match. Colours Green and White and support for our national cricket team is a small part of Pakistani nationalism, a self hating Pakistani would celebrate on watching their national team's defeat especially at the hands of those rich fat cat arch rivals across the border. They will atleast show a fair deal of apathy at the hands of defeat and maybe even mock those who feel a sense of frustration at watching their national team taste defeat. Speaking of the big bully next door, some of your self hating Pakistani lot has had exposure or experience of interaction with those from across the border and would go to any lengths to develop or adhere to opinions that are politically correct or those meeting approval of those next door.

 I would also classify those as Self Hating Pakistani's who have a disliking for their fellow Pakistani's because of their ethnicity, cultural back ground or even their adopted way of life or even their outlook on life. Mocking of diversity which makes any society beautiful is a recipe for breakdown of harmony. Believe it or not it is actually very fashionable among many Pakistani's to stereo type other communities from an orientalist style perspective, if you ask me it is pretty distasteful. This includes showing apathy or even joy at the misery off one at the expense off the other. You also know you have a Self hating Pakistani around you, when they would blindly without keeping an open mind just outrightly label anything that touches on nationalism or patriotism as propaganda.

Lets throw in one more catagory to the label of self hating Pakistanis, those Pakistani's who have lived overseas on relatively greener pastures. For them moving back to Pakistan is an extremely difficult choice one that they would only make when their forced against their will. In their case I am not sure if its the creature comforts of life in a developed world that makes them fall in love with these greener pastures, the ability of fully exercise their individuality or the illussion of freedom? In the case of the latter it usually applies to those who have spent university years abroad and have not fully experienced the perils of the rat race working life abroad, even as off now I know off university students abroad who are terrified of returning home as days come to an end. Or they really jusy think its cool to say hey man I live in London or New York or California?

So how many self hating Pakistani's do u know ? Well I have managed to list or jot down a few things from the top of my head, others who might come up with alternative attributes of self hating Pakistani's, feel free to jot them down in the comments. 

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