SELF DISCIPLINE BRINGS HONOUR “Their’s is not to question where and why Their’s is to make no reply Their’s is to just do or die Thus rode the six hundred”. Mr president sir, these were a few lines from Lord Alfred Tennyson’s famous poem ” The Charge of the Light Brigade” . These verses always take my imagination to the Crimean Peninsuala back in nineteenth cenyury. I visualize a force of about six hundred riders confronting a huge legion. This is the last stand of the famous Light Brigade. The commander of The Light Brigade, Sir Robert Crauford, orders his men to charge the enemy.
And to my surprise, the force complies the orders well aware of the fact that it will lead to a certain death. The majority of the force perished but earned an honour for themselves which has become one of the most celebrated sagas of obedience and courage in the military history . A normal human mind is perplexed at such a selfless submission to the orders. What made these men do it was only and only discipline. Field Marshall Earl Wavell in his book “The Good Soldier” defines discipline and I quote Discipline is teaching which makes a man do something which he would not , unless he had learnt that it was the right, the proper, and the expedient thing to do. ” Unquote. There are two forms of discipline i. e. imposed discipline and self discipline. Imposed discipline is one which relies on a system of punishment and fear and makes the people obey orders without assimilating them. Whereas self discipline is inborn and developed from within. According to Field Marshal earl Wavell ” At its best , discipline is instilled by pride in onself, one’s unit, in one’s profession; only at its worst by a fear of punishment. Unquote In army self discipline has a major purpose and that is to ensure that when unsupervized, in times of great danger, the soldier does not give way to his natural instinct for self preservation. Self discipline is not only related to obedience of orders. But it is actually listening to on’s call of duty from within. It is to endeavour to uphold one’s prestige. Self discipline brings honour and its absence causes disaster. It was self discipline which helped the muslims to stand fast in the Battle of Hunein
It was self discipline which made the conquest of Mecca possible without shedding a single drop of blood It was self discipline which allowed the Christians to leave Jerusalem with their possessions once it was captured by Sultan Salahuddin Ayubi’s troops in crusades It was self discipline and devotion to duty which made our gallant soldiers lie down in front of roaring enemy tanks in the Battle of Chawinda And wasn’t it the LACK of self discipline which turned a vicyory into a defeat in the Battle of Uhud. Our religion Islam also lays a great emphasis on self discipline.
The offering of prayers regularly and observing of fasts are clear manifestation of this aspect. Even during Jehad Islam emphasizes the obedience of the leader and the importance of being steadfast in combat. Allah says in the Holy Quaran, “But they never lost heart if they met with disaster in the way of Allah. nor did they weaken in will or give in. And Allah loves those who are firm and steadfast. ” In today’s battle field envirnments self discipline has its dividends. Gone are the days of close order formations and battles being fought at close quarters.
Now a days normally a soldier or a small group is at his own and un supervized. How easy it is for a patrol leader to take his men a mile into the jungle, hide there and return with any report he fancies and thus he may jeopardiez, may be the existence of the country. The solution to this problem according to Field Marshal William Slim is ” The self discipline which is the real discipline which a man may hold to because it is a refusal to betray his comrades. ” Self discipine brings honour and makes a country survive through heavy odds as self discipline leads to collective discipline.
The founder of Pakistan Quaid-i- Azam also laid particular emphasis on discipline . . We the sons of Pakistan have to uphold the honour of the motherland no matter whatsoever the perils we have to face. Because Khushal Khan Khattak said, “Life is no life when honour is left, Man is a man when honour is kept, Nation’s honour and nation’s fame, On life they have a prior claim. With thoughhts of these, I do remain, Unvexed with cares of loss and gain. Battles are fought, won and lost, The men are lost, wounded and killed. Banner in hand, fighting for his land, Blessed are those who are martyrs in the end. “