Published Date: May 9, 2017
Senator Farhatullah Babar said on Monday that to stem the rising tide of religious extremism, inequality and de-humanisation of the beleaguered, the left has a great role to play in countries like Pakistan.
“There is no doubt that the collapse of communist Soviet Union, the veering of China towards market economy and the rise of religious extremism has dealt a mortal blow to the left. But given the weaknesses of political parties, whether religious or mainstream, and the establishment’s clinging to status quo the left is a beacon of hope to set the nation’s moral compass,” he said at the launch of book on the life of well known Sindhi leftist activist and intellectual Jam Saqi at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here Monday.
The book "Chale Chalo ke wo Manzil Abhi Nahi Aai" (Move on; The destination is still far away) is co-authored by leftist writer and intellectual Ahmad Salim and Nuzhat Abbas. Senator Farhatullah Babar said, "We need the left because its ideal is justice for all. When blood is shed on different pretexts, we need the left that glorifies neither religion nor ethnicity nor nationality. The moral compass imposed by the extremist right and the establishment since 80’s has de-humanised the state and society,” he said adding that the left needed to re-group itself to reverse that process.