By Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid
Pakistan spiritually envisioned by Baba Iqbal did NOT have Bengal in it! Incredibly, he knew that Bengalis are not ready to be with Pakistan! Allahabad address of Allama Iqbal only mentioned the North Western provinces of India! Bengal was added after his death in 1940 resolution.
Chaudrey Rehmat Ali had envisioned an unrealistic plan of creating 3 Muslim states in India – Pakistan, Osmanistan, Bengalistan. Even Chadrey Rehmat Ali knew that Bengal would never stay with West Pakistan, hence he proposed 3 Muslim states as against Iqbal’s 1 in the West.
Pakistan is NOT about just its geography or provinces. It is a romantic spiritual ideology with phenomenal Pan Islamic vision of Iqbal! Creation of Pakistan was a critical stepping stone in the long Pan-Islamic Muslim struggle to regain their lost glory in the last 300 years.
You can NEVER understand Pakistan’s spiritual destiny & role without a mature sound academic understanding of Iqbal’s vision & mission. All the pseudo-intellectuals, political rascals and presstitutes who bark on Pakistan today have zilch understanding of the depth of Iqbal! Those who have not done a profound reading of Iqbal & do not understand the spiritual bond between Iqbal & Jinnah, should NEVER speak on Pakistan!
Our crisis is not provinces but the petty Jahil leadership who dont even know the names of 3 books of Iqbal & then pretend to be Aristotles. Any one who tries to be wiser, smarter, more visionary than Iqbal should be relegated to the dustbin anyways! Speak Iqbal or shut up please!
Anyone who does not understand Iqbal, does not know his vision, mission & spirituality has NO credibility whatsoever. Not to be taken seriously.