Another difference between prosperous/developed nations and backward nations, the later suffers from a high degree of racism. I don’t mean to suggest, developed nations don’t have racism problem, but they have learned its evil effect early on. Remember the KKK movement of US ? Apartheid system in South Africa. Racism was so abhorrent in the past, with all the hate, fightings and bloodsheds, they learned that there is no benefit in fighting on the basis of race. Then we saw a series of laws bring justice and equality, restricting preferences based on race, color, religion, descent, ethnic origin or caste. They developed laws like equal opportunity employers, hate crime laws, affirmative action, to restrict discrimination from every sphere of life.
Treatment of Immigrants:
You cannot ignore the fact, how accommodating the majority of developed nations are towards immigrants. Agreed, they see it’s benefits, but could that be possible, without their society’s acceptance of other nationals/races ? Look at us, for example, how we treat foreigners in Pakistan ? Bengalis, Indians or Christians for that matter ? Pakistani society suffers from a high degree of racism.
Politics based on Racism:
Take a look at our political parties, the major ones are – PML, PPP, MQM, ANP, with no manifesto but promoting their respective races. I’m sure you know the vote bank of all these parties, that together constitutes our whole population. I’m told that we’ve to thank Bhutto for dividing us like that, which we couldn’t recover from, to date. I am sure there would be others before him, who encashed on this race based politics in Pakistan. Do you know the criteria, our ignorant majority have been using to choose the election candidate, over the past several decades? Even if we keep the fake votes and suppressed votes aside, there are a significant number of population, who just vote based on their casts, or ‘baradari’, ‘sardar’, or ethnic background or mother-tongue.
I see largely, illiteracy as one of the reason. check this fact: Over two-thirds of the world’s 793 million illiterate adults are found in only eight countries (Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Pakistan). Quota system is another major factor that became the foundation of racism in Pakistan, with the injustice in income distribution, injustice in job hirings and tax collection, and specially resource distribution, resulted in widespread hate in the society, based on their respective races. So, much so that the worst hit (Balochistan), almost revolted against the writ of Pakistan, with numerous operations and wars already fought, and on going. Quota system is a fatal act committed against us, decades ago, to divide us, that has breed nothing but hatred. I have written another post on Quota system and it’s woes, here you can read also. We were easy victims, because of our lack of education (read knowledge of our values). It would be in the interest of our enemies, that we maintain hate and keep dividing ourselves, otherwise, there is no sane benefit to group ourselves into various races, colors, ethnicities, sects or languages. I think, all of these have their own purpose, not that we use it to fight each other is useless.
Lets understand this and spread the message of universal brotherhood and do your part in spreading this message to the ignorant majority. Government should enforce policies and repudiate laws governing Quota system from colleges, universities, every governmental institutions and their hiring processes and resource/fund distribution. Government should take into account the rights of every constituency, making sure no injustice is committed, where every decision is made on the larger interest of the nation. Further smaller constituencies should be established to govern. Our culture and values and religion, does not allow any place for either hatred or discrimination, based on races or any other way. So, once we stop hating each other, and instead have time to think about finding ways to overcome other challenges, there is no dearth of resources or skills or intelligent people, that no one can stop us from progressing. Let us develop universal brotherhood.
NB: Islam doesn’t have any place for differentiating races as superior, inferior or more/less desirable etc..
“O Mankind! Most certainly, it is We( God almighty) who have Created you all from a single (pair) Of a male and a female, And it is we who have made you into Nations and tribes, That ye may recognize each other (Not that ye may despise each other). Verily, the noblest of you In the sight of Allah Is (he who is) the most Righteous of you.”
Holy Quran 49:13
1400 years ago our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:
“An Arab is not better than a non-Arab and a non-Arab is not better than an Arab, and a red (i.e. white tinged with red) person is not better than a black person and a black person is not better than a red person, except in piety.”