Intolerance is, it has consequences. The nations who show intolerance never taste the success. In recent years, Pakistan is indulging in intolerance which is harming its national character and integrity. Democracies let you disagree and acknowledge the fact that one can be different. But we have a short memory, we forget the basic principle of democracy. We are seeing less action and more reactions. The question is where are we heading as a nation?
As Iqbal says, and we have to agree with it.
اقبال تو بڑا اپدیشک ہے، من باتوں میں موہ لیتا ہے
گفتار کا یہ غازی تو بنا، کردار کا غازی بن نہ سکا
We are an emotional nation, that gets carried away by little things. And it is not restricted to any specific scenario. Whenever some important event happens, we tend to show our sentiments. On one hand, it is good to express them, but on the other hand, the extremity ruins it all.
Political and religious intolerance has its roots back in the infamous era of the 90s. One must remember that all views should be respected. It tarnishes the social fabric and helps in the growth of polarization. What happens next is the entire generation is at war because of these evils? Lessons should be learned from the past as these have affected us as a nation in the international forums. We have to be wise, smart, and intelligent.
Political rivalries have intolerance attached to them, but it shows the maturity a society has. Some recent events have shocked us and made us question where are we heading as a nation? The event at Marriott Hotel is a shameful act from both sides. No dignity and respect could be seen. It looked as if uncivilized people are trying to create a drama amidst the ongoing situation. And then counter threats come to elevate the situation showing the political immaturity. This is going to harm the cause of stabilizing democracy in the country. It is also fostering a culture of violence which we cannot afford in any case. Without tolerance, and patience democracy will lose its essence in the country. This will result in indulging in a culture of bigotry and savagery.