This is a series of blogs about the creation and philosophy of Pakistan and its key actors. These accounts are based on historical facts and references are linked at the bottom.If the purpose of Waliullah was a spiritual social reconstruction then that would not be achieved without detaching from the old order of things. By 1767 AD it became obvious that the old order was not going to last: Bengal had fallen to British in the Battle of Plassey (1757 AD) and Mughal Emperor had accepted their authority through the Treaty of Allahabad (1765 AD). Yet something of the old order needed to be preserved and transferred to posterity.
Consciously or unconsciously, Mir Taqi Mir (b. 1723 - d. 1810), one of the greatest Urdu poets, used an interesting technique: he attributed most good things to the kafir, or the infidel and non-Muslim – “O Mir, he was a great infidel who first embraced the religion of love…”:
It is interesting to note that while mocking his own identity in this manner he never gave up the key values associated with that identity - such as love, fidelity, high aesthetics and truthfulness. He simply transferred them to "the Other". Thus he also gave these values a life of their own: Love of God is not good just because it is supposed to be associated with Muslims but is good in itself. Consciously or unconsciously, he ended up ensuring that the best values of his parent society survive even after that society is transformed or annihilated.
Next Installment: Sachal Sarmast, an early poet of "Pakistan"
You can find out more about Mir Taqi Mir at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir_Taqi_Mir