Fall from Grace…

Raza Rumi writes casually but very seriously about Culture, Society, Politics, History and many other topics. He is a great writer.

Sadly, I found this article of his very true, and wanted to share here (without his permission). So am just putting the URL.

5 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on December 17th, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

    What a nice share ~ detailed comments later on.

    Thanks!


  2. Talha Masood (thandak) on December 17th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

    A

    Thanks.

    Looking forward to your comments!!!


  3. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on December 17th, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

    really nice sharing


  4. kaami on December 18th, 2008 @ 3:58 am

    Sorry, but I have to be sarcastic. I read the article, and found it nothing more than a faryaad of a typical educated Pakistani, confused, caught in a limbo and unable to take sides. Whereas, the situation in which we find ourselves demands that we choose one. There are quite a few examples in human history when this sort of attitude never helped any body. The rise of the facists in Europe is one example where inaction / indecision resulted in the fanatics taking over and causing tremendous misery.

    I was living in Karachi when the gun totting, drug selling Afghan thugs literally took over the city and turned it overnight into hell. But people did react and brought that menace under control. Same is the case here, the Islamic fanatics sense weakness and are on the offensive on all the fronts, be it through the Afghan tribes of the North, or their allies in various lashkar’s, political parties, media and "not going anywhere" splinter movements. They have money and resources and their target is vulnerable. Ironically, in contrast, the Persian speaking Afghanistan is doing just well, its developing and progressing rapidly, as the fanatics have no penetration in that area.

    For us Red Mosque was a test case. It was a moment in history where our leader stood firm but the rest of the nation succumbed to black mail and propaganda. If we have rallied behind our government and not chickened out, there would have been no insurgency in the North. We showed our weakness that’s why we are paying the price.

    For me enemy is out in the open, its not Yohood-o-Nisara its Osama’s Al-Qaeda and its allied organizations. Those who choose to fight it are my friends (albeit thieves like Zardari) and those who try to sanitize them and put forward screwed up justifications for barbaric acts are my enemies. It’s a matter of prioritizing, for me urgency should be given to address the evil that is threatening the very fabric of our society, later on we can deal with petty criminals.

    Islamabad demands "resolve" from its inhabitants and the rest of the country – not indecision, self pity or misguided ambitions.

    On a side note, I didnt get the following lines by the author,

    The Mongol fear was overwhelming and indeed Delhi, the capital of the Caliphate for nearly eight centuries

    Delhi & Caliphate? I dont get it, is he just being sarcastic?


  5. sceptic on December 18th, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

    Kaami has articulated it so well that there is no need for any further comment.

    I must however mention that I find it extremely hypocritical of Mr Rumi to continue to look for causes other than the bleeding obvious when searching for the plight of Islamabad and that of the nation. He does not name the religio-fanatic Taliban once. Not once. He rather tries to invent a new name for Islamists from history perhaps to justify their presence as something remote but inevitable. Throughout his narration, the writer dances around the main issue plaguing this ill-fated country of ours. When talking about Islambad’s security problems, his starting point strangely is a bomb blast in one of Justice Chaudhry’s rallies. Mullah Rashid and his terrorist brigade somehow completely get exonerated.

    May I also add , Mr Rumi, the invaders from Central Asia (Turks, Afghans et al) would have not been able to rule Delhi for a single day had they tried to establish a “Caliphate” in India. “800-year of Caliphate” – keep deluding yourself.



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