Written By: Tahir Mehmood

That tall brown-skinned man was sitting on a mountain top. Lost in deep thoughts his eyes were fixed on the city below where millions lived on the bosom-land of their ancestors. An all-time wanderer, that man once began his journey in search of truth, beauty and ‘life’ itself. He moved from place to place and to distant lands, lived in the ‘time’ and endured the pain of ‘knowing’. For years he lived in silence and isolation; an attribute of wisdom that only a few taste in life. In search of the absolute, he finally found out that: ideals define the living but people embody the life, too. Life which supposedly is governed by the unbending rules is also under continuous evolution, change and uncertainty. This clash, conflict and contradiction between the norm and the new put things mostly in grey than black-and-white. In this chaos lived the power of creation as static was stagnant. The challenge was opportunity, the pain was pleasure and the loss was gain.
The man has the power to give meaning to all known and unknown phenomena.
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He lived to know that pursuit of passion was to lead to troubled waters, but also found out that blind alleys often lead to hitherto unfound lands, too. Passion and courage combined are the essence of living never matched by mere counting of the days and years. It is beyond human dignity and ego to permanently live in fear. The living being have the option of free will to endeavour and conquer the fear; the fear of unknown and the fear of death. Free will and courage together shape new realities, construct new worlds, and the faculty of human creation is the essence of divine creation. He also came to know that courage, bravery and the will to suffer and sacrifice were deep-rooted emotions to expose to the ordinary. On surface these can be taught and inculcated, like soldiers doing it for duty and comradeship, but enduring courage is more an act of ‘knowing’ and conviction than intrinsic impulses.
Too powerful are those soldiers who personify the cause and willingly choose death over life!
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The ‘knowing’ phenomenon leads to the world where ‘self’ loses the meaning. The ‘knowing man’ transcends the life, stops fearing the unseen and traverses the valleys of death with absolute willingness. For there is no death to the Nature and man becomes the guardian rather than a meek tool of the Nature itself. Such men of integrity and character remain committed to the purpose and the assigned missions. They march-on with a high head, face the challenges of life-and-death and nothing deters them; neither the foe’s might nor their scarcity of resources! They move forward amidst voices of disbelief and timidity, and bear the brunt with fortitude. They fight with valour, die smilingly and win gracefully. The foes must know the potential of such a body of men before testing their resolve.
For fear the men who have nothing to lose, as loss is more a matter of perception than reality for the men of courage and will!
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The wandering man also learnt that justice, merit and equality are the best methods to tread the life of men and societies. The land itself has no value to be counted but the average happiness of the men living on it with fair opportunities to exploit their true potentials. There is always a need to work for bettering the lives of people. The ‘land’ bears the character of a mother that always endeavours to feed well, clothe well and shelter with a sense of dignity and belonging. While traversing the city and town dwellings, the wandering man did notice the demagogues who clamour for such dreams. Many have not the will nor the dedication to achieve such goals for others except raising their own value in the bargain. Few did fan the romanticism for nothing else but to break the will of the people to defend the land of their ancestors. They camouflaged the seeds of anarchy with aspirations of freedom and liberty; stability and order was criticised for the expression of sham. Notwithstanding the power of idealism in matters of wealth and opportunity, the wandering man also tasted the power of love.
Love transcends the logic of gain!
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The love of a mother does not depend on the beauty of the child, and a child’s love for the mother is not dependent upon the wealth of the latter. Their love is an act of Nature and does not count on cold logic of give-and-take. Love is such an ecstatic intoxication that conquers fear of death and loss. Those who love the land of their ancestors, call it mother-land, are actually the proponents of the love that knows no bounds. This abode called ‘motherland’ is their identity, pride and ego. Once the motherland is in danger, her sons respond with no care for the foe’s size of the armies nor his wealth and arrogance of power.
The men of courage stand firm, die in glory and live with honour.
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To fight and die for the motherland against a foreign aggressor is a perfectly rational and enlightened choice. No justification on any pretext should wink from this esteemed responsibility. As long as the sovereign Motherland exists, there is a hope to resolve internal discord.
Once Motherland is lost, all is lost!
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The wandering man on the mountain top suddenly shuddered. He had reached a decision. He descended the top and went down to the kinsmen. He spoke to the crowds with absolute humility and sincerity. The poor common folks in the streets responded to his call with cheers, slogans and pledges. These deprived yet uncomplaining men were worth gold who refused the intimidations by the foe. These men of courage were the pride of the land they lived in. They were absolutely rational in their response but the very rationale asked them to stand-up, forget the differences, and choose ‘death’ instead of humiliation by the foe. They were ready for a long-drawn struggle, hunger and strife! They all marched-on together being men of courage and glory. They had made their choice.
The choice was ‘Motherland’.

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