‘We have the ten commandments for the individual; we want the ten commandments for the state,’ Mary Parker Follett wrote in 1918.
It is possible to identify ten essential principles of politics that may be acceptable universally because they are based on a certain worldview about human nature that can be safely attributed to some of the most influential visionaries and leaders across cultures – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Allama Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal, Mary Parker Follett, Deshbandhu C. R. Das, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other ‘pioneers‘ of Marghdeen. So, these principles may not need to be sold to the people. It can be said that they have already been sold, almost globally.
What is needed is that we become aware of the practical implications contained in the love we hold for our respective leaders. Marghdeen is possible if all of these ten principles are put into practice. The intellectual equipment required for understanding these principles may be found in my book Iqbal: His Life and Our Times (2014).
1. The individual
We should have the capability of ‘conscious evolution’.
2. Political organization
Our loyalty should be to common goals – and not political parties.
3. Religious diversity
We can use religious diversity for creating a collective feeling.
4. Ethnic diversity
We can use ethnic diversity for creating a collective will.
We transform our ideal principles into a tangible reality through the state.
6. Families of states
We can use our creative power for the unification of humanity.
7. Ideal principles
Our ideal principles should be solidarity, equality and freedom.
8. The divine right of the people
Our political activity should aim at revealing the highest potential of every individual.
Political sovereignty de facto resides in the people.
10. Spiritual democracy
We need to criticize reflectively the revelations of our political experience.