Locked in

Sirens causing an air of slight panic near the F-11 Markaz, as some main roads were inaccessible to cars and pedestrians most of the day. No-one we asked was sure why our cars were being fork-lifted to alternate parkings far from the roads (I admit I asked only two people). Was it some funeral ceremony for the recently deceased Pir of Golra? Nope. With due respect to all (make that most) faiths, I feel such activity should be carried out in areas that won’t inconvenience the public in the name of religion.

7 Comments so far

  1. kaami on February 19th, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

    I can understand your concern but, as our society gets more and more religous ( not in piety but in zealousness ) consequently, there will be more and more inconveniences to endure. So better get use to it.


  2. sceptic on February 19th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

    "Locked in" is a good title but you may consider some other ideas, such as

    "Prisoners of faith"
    "Besieged by reigions"
    "In the city of zealots"
    "Squishing freedom, squashing free-thinking"
    "Amidst growing mindlessness"
    "Fatal faithfuls"
    "Thinning air, suffocating minds"
    "Anti-social piety"
    "Ritual rich, ethics poor"
    "Mine is sillier than yours"
    "Responsibility phobia"
    "In the country of blinds"
    "Holy holligans"


  3. kaami on February 20th, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

    @sceptic Wow Man!

    Do I have your permission to use these wonderful lines?


  4. kaami on February 21st, 2009 @ 12:37 am

    @skeptic just to clearify, if you remove the quotation marks and add a few words here and there. All the tiltles that you have suggested, when read one by one have a poetic effect. In fact it is a poem and the title, may I suggest can be "Pakistani’s".


  5. sceptic on February 21st, 2009 @ 5:57 am

    Kaami, mate, you have all the permission in the world to use these lines. No copy rights absolutely.

    I did not look a these phrases as rhyming ones. Give it a shot to see if you can refine them into a poem – Pakistan. I will pitch in if need be.


  6. crazymonkey on February 21st, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    Absurd as it might sound, I think it would be technically wise of us if we entirely banned public religious activities, which involves destroying all evidence that any kind of religion is being practised in the city.


  7. sceptic on February 21st, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

    crazymonkey – No, your suggestion does not sound absurd at all. Rather, that’s the way it should be. One’s religious views and practices are a personal and private matter and they should not be brought out in public. Otherwise you get what we get in Pakistan daily — suicide bombing of a Shia notable’s funeral, imprisonment of Ahmadi minors on drummed up charges, destruction of prublic and private property and general annoyance of relentless naat-baazi from the multi-barrelled loud-speaker of the neighbourhood mosques in odd hours.

    A person’s religious preferences are no different to their preferences in food, in sex, in the interpretation of history and politics, etc. Somethings ought to stay in one’s own bedroom, dinning table, drawing room or an appropriately private space.



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