Learning from history May 20

by Anwer Khurshid

Bhutto always said he was a student of history. He had certainly studied many world leaders. From Hitler he got the idea of the Nazi Storm Troopers to raise his FSF. He was so keen to test his new Force in combat conditions, that, against better advice, he used them to violently disrupt a mass opposition rally at the Liaquat Gardens. Little did he know that his own daughter would fall foul of some other, so far unknown. force at the same spot. Later on his FSF laid their claim to fame at the Liberty Roundabout in Lahore.

From Chou En Lai he copied the ‘bund-gala’ jacket and the ‘tang-pajama’ trousers. The trouser legs had coloured stripes running down the side. Some one made so bold as to say, the stripes gave the look of a military band. The criticism was shot down with the contempt that it deserved, but the stripes on his own trousers disappeared.  

From Kim Il Sung of North Korea he learnt that a leader’s portraits must be visible every where. In fact he criticized one of his advisors for not having his photo displayed in the latter’s house. This unfortunate trend has caught on and now one cannot travel a furlong without coming up on ‘cinema house’ like display of cheap, garish, vulgar portraits of the ‘defenders of the faith’.

I wonder what the Quaid would have said if his portraits had been so displayed on Drigh Road. But he was only a Quaid-e-Azam, here we are talking of the Quaid-e-Awam and his royal lineage, which may prove to be longer lasting than even the Mughal dynasty (God forbid, mere mun me khaak).

If only he had copied Ayub Khan more, Pakistan would have been better served.

Khurshid Anwer

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A ’million dollar question’ from a very worried friend:

SIR THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION IS, HOW TO ENLIGHTEN THE EDUCATEDAND THE ILLITERATES SO THAT THEY REFRAIN FROM VOTING THESE PEOPLE TO  POWER AGAIN AND NOT LET THEM ENJOY THEIR ILL GOTTEN GAINS. I WILL BE ABSOLVED ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT TO OPPOSE THEM ON EVERY FORUM  IN THE COUNTRY AND ABROAD

And my response:

Sir, the answer is, more people, with more commitment, to come out boldly in the field, against the People’s party for its ruinous economic policies. The trend set by Bhutto and Benazir of pampering the poor, the workers, the students is continuing, leading to indiscipline and inefficiency and stalling progress. Benazir lowered the voting age to 18 for transparently selfish reasons but no one raised a voice (voting age should be 24 when a person is earning and knows what is what).

The scarce money is being spent lavishly to augment the vote bank. Unproductive employment to keep the Jayalas happy is ruining industry and the public sector. But no one is bothered. No one is prepared to sully their hands. I have annoyed many friends in my continuing campaign against this party but get very little support from others (with some notable exceptions).

But that is not enough. We cannot have the cake and eat it too. If we want to defeat this dangerous party at the hustings more of us will have to stand up to be counted, otherwise go on suffering at the hands of a party bent upon taking the country down the drain – all expenditure and no development, total reliance on the expensive and global-warming thermal power, ignoring the huge hydel potential of the country for cheap and clean power plus water. This is tantamount to ‘khuda ki naemat ko thokar marna’. 

To quote Roedad Khan: An irresponsible, inept, corrupt, government is the inevitable consequence of an indifferent electorate. Politics will never be cleaner in this country, unless and until citizens are willing to give of themselves to the land to which they owe everything. Today apathy is the real enemy. Silence is its accomplice. "The thing necessary for the triumph of evil," Edmund Burke had said, "is for good people to do nothing, when bad men combine, the good must associate,"

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