“The administration handed over to us was on the one hand quiet impervious to the desires and wishes of the people for moral and material progress, and on the other, impatient of criticism and oblivious of the necessity of political reforms of any sort. Consequently, the people of the Province remained in a static position educationally, socially, economically and politically. Nay, I would go so far as to say that the people had to content themselves for a long time with a state of political and administrative stagnation.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: New Era of Progress for Baluchistan
- Context: Speech at Sibi Durbar
The British raj didn’t derive their mandate from the will of the people and as a result, the colonial eclipse stunted Balochistan’s growth. India was subjected to economic exploitation and extraction of resources at the expense of human capital development. Prosperity of Baloch people was never the objective, and in fact, stagnation and ignorance facilitated colonial exploitation.
Many post-colonial states have found it challenging to successfully uplift their people by creating a new order. In Pakistan's case, Mr. Jinnah unfortunately passed away in one year of the new country's existence. Mr. Jinnah was terminally ill and this was the nation's best kept secret during the freedom struggle. Mr. Jinnah was afforded only one year to set the foundation of a new-found country.
Pakistanis often imagine an alternative reality had Mr. Jinnah lived longer, the country would have definitely been more prosperous and progressive. Balochistan remains a lagging province after 74 years of independence, which though is a brief period in a nation's history, it is also a reasonable period to aggressively engineer progress, there's a lot to be done if the entire population works with speed and enthusiasm.
Through strategic thinking and creative action, Balochistan can still bypass traditional stages of development to either jump directly to the latest technologies or explore an alternative path of technological development involving emerging technologies with new benefits and new opportunities.
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