Discipline in public life
The recent outbreak of plague and the wrong signals that this limited epidemic sent across the world, was not an act of God as some would like us to believe but the regretful result of unpardonable negligence on the part of civic authorities. The woeful way the routine calls of duty and discipline by paid public servants were given a go bye is a matter of crying shame for one and all. The heaps of garbage in towns, cities and metros were allowed to rot and their removal left to rag pickers speaks volumes of the callous attitude towards discipline and devotion to duty. It is high time that we sit up and do some serious heart searching.
The steady slide in discipline among elected representatives of people manifests itself more often than not in State legislatures where less light and more heat is generated over issues of public interest. Sometimes the drama of the absurd is enacted in such a way that all decency of debate and deliberation are thrown to the winds and only lung power of muscle-power becomes he norm of the proceedings. Defections floor crossing abductions and the like are a painful pointer to the near collapse of discipline in public life. Still worse things happen at the time of elections. In place of issues, intimidation of voters, and instead of performances pressures become prominent. Vilification, vituperation and even violence become the modus operandi of those who ought to have presented themselves as specimens of discipline and decorum. Such is the sad scenario that one has to witness every now and then on one pretext or the other.
The war Germany and Japan have become economic giants after having been reduced the ashes after the second world war is not something that we can attribute to some fluke or freak of fortune. Both the countries have come to occupy their present economic supremacy due to the unstinted faith of their rulers and the ruled in the golden principle of hard work and discipline in their private and public life. In Pakistan we have vast man' power technological expertise and natural resources. If we could make discipline a part and parcel of our psyche and our day to day dealings there is nothing that we cannot aim at and achieve. Short of plucking the stars from heaven we can change the face of Pakistan if we sincerely and seriously enforce the pristine principle of discipline in all walks of Pakistan life, without fear or favor. Those sitting at the half of affairs as well as those who are wielding State power have to become models of perception and performance concept and conduct. There is no short cut to development nor any substitute of discipline. In fact discipline democracy and development go together, and any deviation in their combination can leave us far behind the race of economic independence and political stability. All said, discipline should be the order in public life' with no ifs and buts attached to it.