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A Unique Coalescence of Paradoxes

1. A Resolute Citizen…

Hercharn Singh became the first Sikh officer to be inducted into Pakistan Army. There is already a precedence for officers from Christian and Parsi community but no Hindu or Sikh was able to make it to the ranks of Army yet. The news reports say that the cadet was skeptical that he would not be able to get through the preliminary phase even. Failing in the first attempt he kept his hopes alive and got selected in second attempt.

2. His Pride and Patriotism…

It was the happiest moment of my life when I came to know about my selection in the army. I am privileged to have this honour which none of my predecessors could ever achieve. My mother wants me to earn a good name for the country. Being the first Sikh cadet, I wish and pray also to be the first one to be a shaheed.

3. A Misplaced Shibboleth…

The motto of the Pakistan Army reads: ‘Iman, Taqwa, Jihad fi Sabilillah‘. I dont know if everyone can appreciate the comical side of it but the slogan is 30 years old. Prior to that Army worked on ‘Unity, Faith & Discipline’.

4. An Ideology still being Probed…

It is extremely difficult to appreciate why our Hindu friends fail to understand the real nature of Islam and Hinduism. They are not religious in the strict sense of the word, but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders, and it is a dream that the Hindus and Muslims can ever evolve a common nationality, and this misconception of one Indian nation has troubles and will lead India to destruction if we fail to revise our notions in time. The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, litterateurs. They neither intermarry nor interdine together and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their aspect on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Mussalmans derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes, and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other and, likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built for the government of such a state. [source]

5. Conventional Wisdom

The emphasis on religion is hard to miss. At the main entrance to the academy, an Arabic-lettered sign proclaims: ‘Victory Awaits Those Who Have Faith in God.’ Fallen war heroes are honored in a Martyrs Gallery. The curriculum includes a six-month course in Islamic studies.’Our basic route is Islam,’ says Manan Abdul, 20, an army officer’s son from Punjab province who will soon graduate from the academy as a second lieutenant. ‘When we have to command, when we have to make decisions, for that we have a role model: the prophet, peace be upon him.’

Senior officers caution against reading too much into the Army’s embrace of religious symbols and slogans — including its 28-year-old motto (now 30), ‘Faith, Piety and Jihad in the Way of Allah‘ — which they describe as a ‘motivational tool’ rather than a battle cry against the West.

To motivate men to sacrifice their lives and take others’ is probably the most difficult profession of the world. I am happy that Hercharn Singh achieved his goal fulfilling his mother’s wishes; and for this I wish him a prosperous future. On a more realistic note however, I doubt that he would ever be able to navigate his way cleanly through the present labyrinth which is a product of 60 years old history of his motherland. While he will constantly search for his identity in a challenging career ahead I am still finding footsteps in the mire.


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