The Ideology of Pakistan and the Contemporary Age: Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on the theme of "The Ideology of Pakistan and the Contemporary Age" was organized on March 21, 2024, in connection with Pakistan Day under the auspices of the Iqbal Academy Pakistan. The participants of the discussion included Mr. Farukh Sohail Goindi, a renowned journalist and an author; Dr. Iqbal Chawla, Former Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Punjab; and Dr. Abdul Rauf Rafiqui and Director of Iqbal Academy Pakistan. The the young scholar Mr. Zaid Hussain was moderator of the talk.

Mr. Farukh Goindi, during his talk, said that the Ideology of Pakistan was a declaration of a new state against exploitation. It was the modern philosophy of enlightened minds like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal. He emphasized the need for an educational emergency to follow this ideology, starting with "Iqra" (Read). Without knowledge, society and the nation cannot progress.

Dr. Iqbal Chawla said that it is necessary to revisit the letters and poetry of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, as well as the speeches of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The speeches of Quaid-e-Azam often mention the rights of farmers, laborers and women. In the current era, we need to focus on technology. If technical education is not developed according to the needs, it will not produce useful citizens.

Dr. Abdul Rauf Rafiqui stated that a curriculum for national unity is imperative. We need to bring the educational system into the mainstream. The youth must become the saviors not just of the country but of the region. Allama Iqbal proposed the ideology based on the Islamic community after observing the progress of the West and the decline of the East. At the end of the discussion, Dr. Abdul Rauf Rafiqui thanked all the distinguished guests.