The very first thing which strikes the brain from the word innovation is Science and Technology. However, the word actually means renew or change the process which is better and more facilitating at the same time. Innovation has brought us the better resources to pull off in the worst of situations into more productive yet dynamic solutions. No doubt the improvement in technology has brought many positive changes in life of mankind but after reaching the stage where robots are controlling production and assembly line is no more the requirement, man needs to stand in this competition with the robots and to think of ideas which will still prove him to be better off.
The very first revelation of God to his Prophet Muhammad SAW, for all the mankind was ‘Read in the name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists). The very first word from the teachings of Islam has been ‘READ’ which puts obligation upon mankind to find, explore, think and create knowledge for others which is the only wealth that increases by sharing. Continuous improvement and revolution in Science and Technology, Arts, Education, Agriculture, Tourism etc. has brought the man close to the third wave. Man is no more the factory worker of industrial revolution but now he is the Knowledge Worker of today, who is only in the business of creating ideas which differentiates his product/services.
Each and every person that exists in our society has the ability to innovate things the way he/she wants. Internet became a necessity in the country so many companies launched ISPs at low costs as compared to once upon a time Rs. 100/hour dial connection, day cares were developed when the housewives opted to join the work force, fashion designers became more famous when people gained knowledge about brands and brand loyalty, Management information systems were developed in organizations when it came to competition in the processes and efficiency of the company etc. These all examples from our daily life do put the brain to ponder on the fact that Pakistanis have the potential to bring in innovation, ideas, creativity, inventions and discoveries.
Muslims have the history of being the scientists and discoverers of the times when science was born. Jabir Bin Hayan, Khawarizmi, Ibn e Sina, Ibn al Haithm or coming to contemparay eras of Dr. Abus Salam or the man who even stunned the British Ali Moen Nawazish, we have the past, present and future of becoming and creating what we dream of. The only thing lacking in the country is the thirst for research and being inquisitive about anything that is found around us. It is not the time of finding the sources on the internet but to prove as a source for someone else. We have the potential to prove ourselves and for that we just need to vitalize our capabilities. Pakistan needs to innovate and rebrand it in a way that the youth becomes confident enough to raise its voice and face the new challenges.
Whether it is politics, education, culture, literature, armed forces or any other field, the focus needs to be put more on thinking in a new and different way which could make us known for what we are. Copying ideas and past approach is not that important as compared to the lessons we have learnt and the application in a better way which could make our future generations to be proud of us. In order to change the current status of our home which is breathing in the air of insecurity we need to redesign our ways and its WE who could do it.