By Quratulain Zamir
But it takes many years to make a good leader who can change the destiny and fate of people he rules upon and thus making them disciplined and successful. He leaves his marks in the history that keeps screaming out from the pages of the books kept deep down in the store houses of biggest libraries of the world. They keep on narrating their leader’s tale and try to guide us with their experiences and intellect. Moreover, their charisma hovers the lives of many generations and one keeps on learning from the steps and actions of such leaders. It allows us to follow their strategic approaches in solving the issues. Today, the daily current affairs raise the point of dividing our homeland for the sake of lame excuses they put up, to support their own malicious intents and keep justifying their facade of being patriots and that the rule of division will benefit this land. Have they not learnt from history? What happened when once we all were the gold of Asia and now lie separately being crushed by the heat of the problems and issues in the world turning into coal rather ashes?
At this hour we need some visionary leader who can lead us to the right path, making us focus on our power of staying united and achieving the goals then dividing and getting nothing but gobbles. Turning back to the history as i was going through the books to find a role model, the alphabetical search just bunged for a moment at the letter “O” and the voice of Otto Von whispered in my ears that said “the main thing is to make history; not to write it”, and I drenched in the excitement of something unexpected that came out of the pages I was going through. I paid much heed to what was he telling and who he was.
Introducing Otto von Bismarck, one of the most significant figures of modern Germany who was responsible for transforming the small Germany states into the German empire is a privilege and bliss. His experience and knowledge helped me to devise a solution to our daily talks on television that are governed by intentions to divide the country with an impression that it will make Pakistan stable.
Otto was born on April 1, 1815 to an aristocratic family in Schonhausen. He joined a prestigious school in Berlin and then went to a university in Gottingen. After resigning from civil services, (where he got bored) he joined his father in managing the family states for a decade.
He was then appointed Bismarck as Prussian representative to the German Confederation. He then served as an ambassador to Russia and France. When he returned to Prussia, he was appointed as a prime minister by the new King, Wilhelm in 1862. His activities and attitudes as parliamentary deputy during the revolution of 1848 generally are viewed as mere overtures to an eminent career.
Bismarck was eager to unite the German states into a single empire, with Prussia at its core. With Austrian support, he expanded Prussian army to capture the provinces of Schleswig and Holstein from Denmark. He then fought with Austria and its allies over the administration in which Prussia gained victory. Prussia then annexed further territory in Germany. As ‘chancellor’ of the new Germany, Bismarck focused on building a powerful state with a unified national identity. He also worked to prevent the spread of socialism, partly by introducing health insurance and pensions. Bismarck aimed to make the German empire the most powerful in Europe.
Bismarck was motivated to promote well-being of workers in order to keep the economy operating efficiently and to avoid socialist activities by introducing social insurance. His experiences helped him modify his thoughts about constitutional issues and representative government; and his views on the place of Prussia in Germany and in Europe.
Bismarck saw liberalism as an expression of the political and economic state. He raised the material interests of the Junkers to the level of patriotic duty considering it the only real guarantee of the state’s “lasting prosperity and power”.
On constitutional issues, he was free of theoretical principles. Bismarck supported the establishment of a parliament that was based on states or professional associations, with the power to influence but not to oppose the authority of the monarch. In the quest of his goals, he became a modern politician who liked his opponents and began to muster support for his cause. In press campaigns, association meetings, and parliamentary speeches, he appealed to the aspirations of peasants, craftsmen, and shopkeepers as if they were identical to the interests of his Junker constituents.
He never left anyone in doubt that he was a Prussian patriot, not a German nationalist. “Prussian we are and Prussian we wish to remain” he said in June 1848, explaining later that only Prussia’s internal strength had overcome its revolutionaries and helped to protect Germany from its foreign enemies.
Bismarck argued against a war and for cooperation with Austria on the basis of parity. Only self-interest, he explained, makes war a worthy cause for a major state.
He said “Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war”. His skillful defense of the Prussian Government’s failed German policy in 1850 earned him with King’s gratitude. He was then appointed to what was Prussia’s most important diplomatic post; envoy to the revived Confederation.
Today, if we turn around and look at our country’s situation; everyone is fighting for the seat of prime minister or president and no one is thinking about the country. They make fake promises and argue over their interests as Otto von Bismarck rightly said “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election”. And this is so true- for we lie to our people and fight for our own interests.
He was the leader who united his nation and gained respect and here are we who are ready to divide the nation for just materialistic benefits without thinking about our country. We tend to forget about the blood and flesh that was given to gain this independent land. We emerged as a nation with exclusive identity and religion. Therefore, we share common interests and common cultures, we have common languages and common causes and today I guess some new people must have fled in for whom this land needs more division for their individual rights and their lives.
We tend to destroy our buses, taxis, pumps and say we do not get what we want- we all differ in our needs, we all are to be given separate rights what was that then, who were they who stood in 1947 saying we are the ones who need a land where we all can stay together as a family.
Our leaders need to unite us all because we are like little spoiled brats who need a finger to hold on to track our path and today I guess we need some visionary leadership like Bismarck that can unite us. Keeping back the book in the same dusty rack, as I climbed down the ladder I realized how great were those leaders and how lucky were those countries that such leaders who united them had made them rise and earned name, honor and pride. On the contrary, how unlucky are we to have no one to put their hands on our heads and cares for us by saying we will guide you.