dude…i LOVE Time magazine (except for all the millions of articles on the US that keep filling up the pages of the issues that i get…)…recently they’ve focused a few issues on the recent 60 year anniversary of India and Pakistan’s independence from British rule…of course, since I’m Pakistani reading through these articles have been super emotional for me and even more so because these articles also focus on the history behind all the things that happened. the best part is learning about things that you never knew…for example, even though Pakistan became an independent country in 1947 giving a home to the millions of Muslims that lived in british-ruled India – the IDEA of a separate “state” or country for the Muslims was first thought of in the 1930’s by a poet named Muhammad Iqbal. it was him with his incredible foresight and observant eye that saw what was going on to the poor Jews during the World Wars and how as European countries opened their borders to the minority Jews, the Jews began to slowly lose their united spirit and culture. he was scared that once the British left India, the Muslim minority of the country might lose their power and place in society as it gets absorbed by the majority Hindus of India. (also, did you know that India was once dominated by Muslims!!! i didn’t know that!) so he realized that what was really needed for the Muslims of India is an independent country…and he decided that a name for that country or state should be a mix of letters formed by the provinces of India at the time…P for Punjab, A for Afganiyat, K for Kashmir, S for Sindh and ending with “tan” from the province Baluchistan…and that’s where the name “Pakistan” came from! how cool!!!
比如, 原來巴基斯坦的英文名字”Pakistan”是一個詩人給得…英國離開印度之前印度也有很多回教人(現在還有)…這個詩人也是回教人…他一九三零年已經覺得印度應該有一個獨立的地方為了印度的回教人…因為他怕英國離開印度之後回教人會慢慢沒有自己的文化 – 慢慢他們會採納印度徒的文化…所以他的意見是給一個獨立的地方印度的回教徒的人…他說這個地方應該叫”PAKISTAN”因為當時印度有很多省…這詩人說: