Nationalism is the basic element of every progressive society. Every action and trait of social behavior that is aimed at the welfare and survival of society disregarding personal behests is called nationalism. A nationalist person takes that every step that is in favor of his/her society.” Due to nationalism, several nations have reached the peak of development. For example, China received independence one year later than us, drowned in social, moral, and economic chaos for decades, and reemerged as an exponential economic power in the world”. Mao Zedong the leader of the communist party revived the Chinese culture of social, and economic deprivation to a culture of self-reliance and self-affirmation, which challenged the current superpower United States, and reinstated its economic as well as strategical positions to an unprecedented level. Most of the decisions couldn’t be approved without Chinese consent at the United Nations Security Council. Every year China exports trillion worth of goods to other countries in the world. China exported US$2.499 trillion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. United States imports 16.8% of goods worth US$418.6 billion. Almost two-thirds (65.9%) of Chinese exports in 2019 were delivered to the 15 giant trade partners including the U.S., Russia, the United Kingdom, France, etc., while exports to other medium and small-level countries. The Chinese trading dart has interfered in the routine matters of every state and almost half of the global economy is interdependent with the Chinese economy. The recent COVID-19 pandemic that surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan caused multiple deaths (4,633) in China.
However, China took control of the situation soon due to its utilitarian approach of engaging all the segments of society and gave proof of one nation one response to COVID-19. The public stood shoulder by-shoulder with their government and espoused all the preventive precautionary measures issued by the Chinese government.
On the other side, Pakistan is a senior to the Chinese incarnation still hanging back and forth on the status of developing countries list. Though historically Pakistan came into being due to the two nations theory, in the modern era, the bingo of theories don’t work nor have worth anymore, practical evidence of development in the scientific and technological field and actual presence of welfare has gauged the symbol of a nation’s power. From our school days we are used to hearing the anthem “ہم زندہ قوم ہیں، پائیندہ قوم ہیں” which means we are an active nation, we are the everlasting nation. But reality is much different than this notion, which is too anathematic and contrasting to the essence of this country. This anthem is revived in every political campaign, rally, and even in official events and lectures of national solidarity are given, the so-called wise scholars preach every time to have the spirit of national unity.
Nevertheless, politician, social activist, teacher whether teaching religion or contemporary arts, medical practitioner, engineer and businessperson everyone favors his/her personal interests over matters of national interest, which has negative impacts on the performance of institutions as well as on the whole structure of our society.No body trusts other and nor the institutions, as a society we are living in a bizarre situation. Politician tries to politicize that matter, which has no concern with the public interest, for example discussing the issue of ethnicity when the public ask/her about their drinking water issue, what logic puts here, social activist embezzles standards of human rights violation and try to mold it to minority crisis, the teacher always look for an ease and visits government offices for personal interests or lobbying instead of teaching the pupils, the doctor prescribes low standard and high commissioned drugs for a cure, engineer compromise on material quality aimed at personal profit from the contractor, contractor mixes cement with mud instead of quality sand to earn more, importer imports substandard goods and exports the same to abroad and defame Pakistan for his/her personal profit, police don’t file FIR(First Information Report) until get bribed. The aforementioned examples of serving self-interests and sabotaging national interests are cracking out the foundation of our society.
There are certain principles if followed as an active and responsible member of society, that can lead Pakistan parallel to the position of China. First, if a person makes a decision of choice or thing then s/he should think about the futuristic implications on society, as Aristotle said “Man is a social animal or Man is the slave of society”. Second, those who have education, wealth, and resources should care about those who haven’t. Third the approach to life should be out of the box and compare standards of life not on an individual basis but on a societal basis with other societies, how they respond to emergencies, and how they manage crises. Fourth the administrators should make policies equally disregard racial, ethnic, religious, and political bias. Thus it would help in building national consensus and pave the road for the development of Pakistan and will strengthen the sole discourse of nationalism and mitigate the prevailing disintegration in our society.