Today was Iqbal Day, the birthday of
Allama Muhammad Iqbal,
the philosopher, poet and politician who originally put forward the idea
of an independent Muslim state that would become Pakistan. I also just
realized that he was knighted by the British government (then the
British Empire) for some of his works.
This day is a national holiday in Pakistan to commemorate Sir Iqbal,
though myself and a number of other people I know are working away. You
may say that it has something to do with being a workaholic or that we've
lost any regard for such occasions, but I see it as a good sign. It wasn't
long ago that a large majority of Pakistanis took every opportunity to
avoid work and a single national or religious holiday was accompanied by
a number of additional (sick or personal) leaves. Looks like this
attitude is changing and at least some are putting in the effort to make
this country a better place. The Allama would be proud.
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