Political Science in Pakistan
October 27, 2010 6 Comments
The writers of our course books sound more like the interpreter or the representative of foreign philosophies, ideologies and research or better say their sales agent.
Even this book on political science by Mr. Mazharul Haque has quotations of Plato, Aristotle, Bertrand de Jouvenel, Maurice Duverger, Karl Pearson, Sir Fredrick Pollock, Harold D. Lasswell, J. S. Mill, Tacitus, Rosa Luxemburg, Alexi de Tocqueville, Giovanni Sartori, Rainhold Niebuhr, Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglass, J. J. Rousseau, Adlai E. Stevenson, P. F. Lazarsfeld, Benjamin Disraceli, George E. G. Catlin, Silvio Spaventa………… in the subject, it discusses David Easton and others’ philosophies and theories.
I couldn’t find one single quotation of Allam Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam. Weren’t they great politicians? Aren’t we supposed to recognize them as our political role-model and be proud of them? Can we, Paksitanis, consider our Political Science (in theory and practice) complete without discussing and quoting Allam Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam? There isn’t a single chapter dedicated to Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam, discussing their politics; their political ideas, political efforts, political affairs, political strategies etc.
I couldn’t find any information about the authors of two other books. But this one tells about Mr. Mazharul Haq…..M.A. (Political Science), M.A. (History), LL.B., Ex-Chairman Department of History and Political Science Islamia College, Peshawar.
He is the author of ….”The 1973 Constitution of Pakistan”, “Modern Constitutions”, “Modern Political Theories (Isms)”, “Elements of Civics”, “Civics of Pakistan”, “Nazri-wa-Amli Siasiyat”, “A Short Hisotry of Islam”, “A short History of Muslim Spain and outlines of Islamic History” etc.
Political Science is the choice given in the category of Arts. Arts is the field usually chosen by dumb and dull and foolish and lazy student or the private students who need a degree somehow. Most of them can’t even write an application in Urdu. 99.99% of them try to memorize notes given to them by ex-students or any academy or they find people like Sir. Mansoor and Madam Shameem and buy their marks and degrees.
Just last year 8000 students were registered for B. A. examinations as private students, only 2000 of them cleared the papers. I doubt even if five or ten students chose Political Science. Just because it is not a popular subject. It is not discussed positively here. There is no career for the student of Political Science in Pakistan.
…… and with all this, we expect our people to be politically correct and politically fair……….. and our politicians to be politically wise and politically intelligent.
What a joke!
I’ve heard that Imran Khan has studied Political Science and I wish if occasionally, he could try to arrange workshops, seminar or just a simple gathering on the importance of political science in our country.