“I may point that Balochistan is a deficit province already to the extent of one crore and a half and Pakistan will have to bear a further financial burden to help the people as indicated above but I am hopeful that Pakistan will not hesitate to bear it for the sake of the progress and welfare of the people of Balochistan.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: New Era of Progress for Balochistan
- Context: Speech at Sibi Durbar
During the British Raj, Balcohistan was one of the most backward places in India. The colonists did not derive their legitimacy and authority from the will of the people, and so they remained impervious to the needs of people. The populations who have experienced the dark eclipse of colonization, have much work to do for the social, economic, educational and political uplift of their people.
The odds have been against post-colonial nations across the globe, and one of the main challenges have been to drive economic progress for lasting prosperity. Post-colonial national middle class has no economic power or technical know-how and “the psychology of the national bourgeoisie is that of the businessman, not that of a captain of industry; and it is only too true that the greed of the settlers and the system of embargoes set up by colonialism has hardly left them any other choice*.”
Pakistan aims to be a post-colonial success story, and considers some ~70 odd years to be a relatively young period in a nation’s life, a lot more will be accomplished and we only need one successful breakthrough to overcome the past years of post-colonial existence and leapfrog progress.
We will encourage a sense of economic adventure, intellectual curiosity, problem-solving and technological innovation in our people. We will focus on human capital development in Balochistan and rapidly proliferate vocational knowledge among the Baloch people. We need to equip Balochistan with reasoning and creative thinking skills to be able to address their own problems, create businesses and new markets in their regions. It’s in the nature of things for our national history to reassert itself and for Mr. Jinnah’s historic ideals to manifest themselves by a sustained and well-directed effort from the citizens of Pakistan.
We will work ceaselessly for Balochistan’s development and strive for the prosperity of the Baloch people, who constitute a dignified part of Pakistan’s citizenry.
*source: The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
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