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Pakistan’s crush on Shahid Afridi

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve seen a 25-year-old Pakistani Cricketer.

As an Indian, a Pakistani Cricketer is the thing of hate. But, not Lala.

The most endearing image of ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi, is do precisely his nickname suggests.

Boom! He is gone..

Afridi is a man one Army alright. But, we all are left to wonder if he is fighting the opposing team or is he being a double agent.

Self explanatory

His Batting record suggests something even a trained Monkey can attain.

Afridi’s batting average is so low that even Dinesh Mongia has a better batting average!

Shahid Afridi’s overall Batting Record:

Wah mera Lala!

Wah mera Lala!

Dinesh Mongia’s overall batting record:

Even Dinesh Mongia's Batting Record is better than Afridi's!

Even Dinesh Mongia’s Batting Record is better than Afridi’s!

But, Dinesh Mongia did not get to play even 1/4th of the matches that Afridi has. Nobody even remembers his name!

What is the mystery here? Why is this great Cricketer liked and loved in Pakistan? Why is he allowed to play, time after time, failure after repeated failure?

All hell breaks loose in Pakistan when Afridi is mocked

It must be his bowling.

Dis..Appoint..Ment

Dis..Appoint..Ment

On the spin friendly tracks of the Sub-Continent, the great spinner of the ball, the wannabe spinster ought to have great records, I thought.

Aaaa.. What?

No, I must be wrong.. but can’t figure out where I am wrong.

Surely, something must be off. How can one man not bat, not bowl on tracks that suit his style of bowling; and still be around for 15 years? Or, is it been 20? 25? One can never tell..

Sure as hell, Pakistan and Pakistanis have thought it best to allow him to play for 372 (Exclamation.. Double Exclamation.. Triple) ODIs.

What is the big secret?

Afridi is a master strategist! When the going gets tough, the Afridis start eating the ball.

Most people bite the dust, Afridi being a Cricketer, bites the ball

Most people bite the dust, Afridi, being a Cricketer, bites the ball

I always give benefit out the doubt to Shahid Afridi. Not because I like him like him, but because, come on, how can a guy who blatantly cheats and still be in the team, not be liked? I support Afridi.. because I am jealous!

I give him the benefit of the doubt. Hey! If in dim light, after a LOT of Al-ca-gal has gone in, after putting tapanguchi for 2 hours, when I’m hungry as hell, I am bound to mistake a white Cricket ball, to a red juicy Apple.

Do you see an Apple in the picture? That is why you can never be a Shahid Afridi

Do you see an Apple in the picture? That is why you are no Shahid Afridi..

Have I eaten a Cricket ball before? Sadly, no. That’s because I’m not a professional Cricketer. I’m sure most of the people who play Cricket on a regular basis have.

Are you telling having a Cricket ball around you all the time, in the sun and in the scorching heat, a professional Cricketer is not tempted a least bit to eat it?

Puh.. leeez! Lolz..

Lols are so passé. Lulz, also spelled – Lolz, is the bling-ed up version of the now defunct LOL.

Afridi never cheats! Even after going for so many runs, after Pakistan is on the verge of defeat, snatched from the claws of win, by none other than (most frequently), by Afridi himself, Afridi never ever cheats.

Afridi being blasted all over the park by virtually everybody

But, this incidents casts serious shadow over my hero Shahid Afridi.

Most people battle drugs, alcohol, nicotine addiction, but Shahid Afridi is different to other mortals. He battles the..

..Pitch.

OK, I’m going to straight away ignore that and claim that never happened. I’m going into denial mode. Starting NOW!

Some guy who looks like Afridi is destroying the pitch. And, some guy who looks eerily like Kevin Peterson is mocking the great Lala. How can this be true? Unpossible.

All I remember and know is : people aim to emulate Afridi, especially English Cricketers!

Britishers trying to follow in the footsteps of Boom Boom and attempt to eat the ball

See, even the great All-Rounder, who bowls as fast as Afridi, who bats as explosively as Afridi, is trying to Ape(pun unintended) the great man.

I digress badly.

What makes Afridi click? His Batting? Unfortunately no. Bowling? Close, but.. No.. He is known as Boom Boom, not Bomb Bomb!

If he were called ‘Bomb Bomb’, he would have become the poster-boy for the Taliban. The Taliban spokesperson, nevertheless, tried to use his Boom Boom image to their benefit, but reports suggest he was not that successful. But, I think that’s untrue. 

The Taliban did try to use this particular image of Afridi; and, Shahid Afridi’s nickname of ‘Boom Boom’ to claim him as their own.

Afiridi killing Kafirs(Infidels). His routine is to kill an Infidel every time he scores a Century. Not many Kafirs have been killed in the past 2 decades.

Did they succeed?

Ask yourself – Are Taliban popular in Pakistan? Are Pakistani Politicians like Imran Khan, a great Cricketer himself(A nothing compared to the Lala of course), bending over backwards to appease them?

Imran Khan is a great fan of Afiridi and hence, a great fan of Taliban, who are in turn great fans of Afridi.

Surprise surprise, Imran Khan’s party won a LOT of seats and a majority in a Pakistani province.

Talking about Imran Khan, there are may similarities between Shahid Afridi and him. Both are very handsome, very popular cricketers in Pakistan, I hear. They both are loved; and women(and men) go gaga over them both in Pakistan, I’m sure.

But, when it comes to Cricket, the starting point of their fame, they both have contrasting records. Khan has excellent Batting and Bowling records. He has won Pakistan the World Cup as Captain, nurtured terrifying fast bowlers and has a reputation of being a never-say-die Captain.

Afridi is none of that. Not even close.

But, he has one thing in common with Mr. Imran Khan.

I’m too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my..

I am beginning to now think Pakistanis love Shahid Afridi for being, well.. good looking?

“..when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains,however improbable, must be the truth?”

– Sherlock Holmes

Even men? Not many women watch Cricket in Pakistan, like in India, I’m sure. You don’t see women do this when Shahid Afridi is batting!

Pakistani Fans of Boom Boom praying he doesn’t play an idiotic shot

And, it is men who make movies on the phenomena named Shahid Afridi.

Has there ever been a movie on Tendulkar in India? But, there has been one in Pakistan about Shahid Afridi. Pakistan produced like 3 movies this year. One was about, surprise, surprise – Shahid ‘Boom Boom’ ‘Lala’ Afridi, the all rounder.

Even thought India produces hundreds of movies per year, it hasn’t sought fit to make one on the life of Tendulkar. Tendulkars may come and go Afridis persist. Heck! They don’t age, don’t get dropped, don’t score runs, don’t take wickets.

Pakistanis have already immortalised the great Shahid Afridi, even before he has retired. Oh, wait.. He has retired from Cricket many times.. But, has always managed to make a come back. A great lesson indeed to all the English Cricketers who are retiring at the drop of a hat nowadays. 

They should strive to be more like Shahid Afridi.

Shahid Afridi. Also known as - The Beast!

Shahid Afridi. Also known as – The Beast!

Enough said – Pakistanis, mostly men, love Shahid Afridi. They love his long locks, they love his beard, they love the way he walks, they love the way he runs in to bowl, the way he gets out(silly him, giving a catch to silly point), the way he calls us Indians “small hearted”. All is forgiven by the Men of Pakistan – they forgive his abysmal cricketing record, his ball-eating antics, his blatant pitch tampering, his constant shooting off his mouth.

For a nation which hates Homosexuality, considers it a Sin – an act so unforgivable, that even God will not forgive; which is punishable by death; its pretty ironic that they have a collective, strong crush on a Man.

The average Pakistani jerks off at the sight of the bare-chested Afridi. No wonder cricket is popular in Pakistan. Imran Khan, now Afridi?

Since, Homosexuality is a taboo in Pakistan; legally, socially and religiously condemned, cricket appears to a convenient excuse for the secret fantasies of an extremely homophobic nation.

While Pakistanis asks the Homosexuals to do this..

Religious pious Pakistanis convincing Homosexuals to convert to Hetrosexuals

Religious pious Muslim Pakistanis convincing Homosexuals to convert to Heterosexuality

..but secretly, they are seeing this.

This is how Pakistan imagines Shahid Afridi every time they see him walk onto the park. They don’t care he doesn’t bat nor bowl, the mere sight of him is money’s worth.

For Pakistanis, the very embodiment of male sexuality and good looks is Shahid Afridi.

Forget Ashton Kutcher, Afridi is handsomer.. Plus, he can bite a Cricket ball right through.

Forget that he is dumb as a dodo Monkey.

Oops, they caught me eating ball in front of 23 cameras. How did they do this!

All Pakistanis care about are looks. At least with Imran Khan, they had the excuse of his brilliance. He was an able all-rounder, who spoke well, was a great captain. The homophobic tendencies of the entire nation was masked behind the facade of Imran Khan’s good cricketing skills.

Shahid Afridi is none of that.

The Homosexual Crush of the entire Homophobic Pakistani Islamic Republic nation now stands terribly exposed..

Oops, I am caught jerking off to a.. Man!

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Islamic Terror and Poverty

I was reading this article the other day in The Hindu. It was about Kasab and is a brief of how he went on to become a Terrorist.

One line of the article caught my attention.

Born on July 13, 1987, at the small village of Faridkot in Pakistani Punjab’s Okara district, Kasab was born into a landless peasant family.

A question began to be born in my mind. Does Islamic Terror really exists because of poverty?

I did some Googling and found this particular titbit.

The perpetrators of the attacks on September 11th 2001 that killed thousands of unarmed civilians largely came from Saudi Arabia, a very wealthy oil country which has never been under European colonial rule but is itself the cradle of one of the world’s most brutal imperial traditions, as noted by the gifted author V. S. Naipaul.

Mohamed Atta has been identified by the FBI as the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center in New York City during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Atta was trained as an architect and pursued a master’s degree in city planning at the Hamburg University of Technology.

Not just that. The recent Indian Mujahideen men who were caught were Doctors, Engineers, Journalists… All highly educated men, willing to murder, even their fellow citizens and neighbours.

So globally, and locally in India, there are Muslim men who seem to turn to Terror.

Why is that? Does it have to some form of injustice meted out to them and their families? Or, is it due to poverty? But, them being Doctors and Engineers and Journalists does not seem much like they have suffered injustice and/or they are poor.

Lets park that IM issue for a bit..

What about the 9/11 Terrorists? As the article suggests they were not poor, nor were they ever were; nor were they illiterate, like Kasab. They didn’t even come from a country which was colonised to suggest they were carrying out some old-world grudge against the Western powers.

All incidents of hate Terrorism? What about cases like Anders Behring Breivik, who killed innocent people as form of protest against Europe’s growing multiculturalism? He was a rational man, who committed horrible crimes.

Yet, Breivik is a flash in the pan. Consider this.. There are approximately 2 Billion Christians in the world, followed by 1.5 Billion Muslims. There are also a Billion  Hindus.

How many Breiviks does the Christian world produce in a year? And, how many Mohammed Attas the Muslim world produces in a year? How many Terrorists ,or people who exhibit extremist tendencies, does the Hindu world manufacture? 

Clearly, poverty has nothing to do with violent behaviour. Neither does it have to do with the country of origin. Atta’s cause and Kasab’s cause was the same – “Islam”. The Terrorists who blew up trains in London on 7/7 too said in their tape that this had to do with the glory of Islam and that the Western world was conspiring against the Muslims and attacking them. They didn’t associate themselves with the country they lived and/or were born in, but with their Religions, either converted to or born to, exactly similar to the case of Indian Mujahideen.

Let us go back to India’s partition..

Muslim League comes up with the idea that Muslims are indeed a separate entity and deserve a separate state(Two Nation Theory). They took most of the seats in the elections with their idea that Islam is in danger in India. Atta and Kasab and Jinnah, people of different eras, nationalities and income levels, justified extreme violence – all in the name of Islam.

There seems to be greater chance of a Muslim resorting to Terror than a person from any other Religion. Saying things like this might  not be politically correct, but the trend disturbingly points to this. Admit this in a popular newspaper like The Hindu and you will be inundated with letters calling you Fascist. They would probably remind you of Hitler and his propaganda against the jews; and, warn you against painting other Religions in bad light. I agree with everything they would say, because I’ve thought of such things myself.

Now, back to IM and Islamic Terror in India. How would India’s Muslims take it if were you to point out this dangerous trend? I know I would not be happy and in stead of seeing the truth in them, see the one who is presenting such ideas as a fanatic, who is doing this to malign Islam and Muslims. Many already think the people being caught for as IM members are being framed by the security forces. A sort of victim mentality is at work.

Who is right, here? People who see Islamic Terror spreading without any proper cause or justification and advice caution? Or, people who want to be politically correct all the time, even if it means not looking at reality and obvious trends?

I will not attempt to answer these questions as I’ve not found a convincing answer. The day I do, you will hear from me…

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Martin Niemöller about Pakistan?

First they came for the Sikhs, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Sikh.

Then they came for the Christians, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Christian.

Then they came for the Hindus, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Hindus.

Then they came for the Ahmadis, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Ahmadi.

Then they came for the Shias, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Shia.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

If you have read some similar stuff, you can pat yourself on the back, because you have. Martin Niemöller said these immortal words(which I have taken the liberty to adapt). Like Nazism dawned on the peaceful, cultured German people undetected and in stealth, Pakistan’s metamorphosis started in 1947 when that nation’s founder decided two sets of people cannot be together simply because they were from different Religions. The principle of division was just remodelled by the people of Pakistan: First to be targeted were the non-Muslims, later on some Muslim sects were declared non-Muslims.

As time went on, the number of non-Muslims fell from around 20% at the time of Partition to 3%, Ahmadis were declared to be non-Muslims and targeted. Hate, being a virus like creature, latched onto its host and spread. It was now the turn of the Shias.

India has to guard against a intolerant, violent Pakistan. When the Shias are eliminated or reduced to minuscule numbers, hate will start consuming the people who practiced it.

Pakistan is where the Indus river runs; a river from which India derived its name. Sikhism’s holiest places are in Pakistan. We have to contend with the fact that Pakistan’s decent into chaos is irreversible and we have to make sure the violence doesn’t spill over.

A sad end to a glorious land.

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Aamir Khan is way better

Me and my friends always fight over who is better- Aamir Khan or Shahrukh Khan. Its one of those debates which really don’t have a true purpose other than to pull the Shahrukh Khan fan’s leg.

But, I got to say, me being a pro-Aamir Khan, got a massive boost last Sunday the 6th : Aamir Khan’s Satyameva Jayate, his first TV show aired that day.

I am not going to shout down other contemporaries who have not gone the path of Aamir Khan, but want to genuinely appreciate what Aamir Khan has done and will be doing in the subsequent episodes of Satyameva Jayate, literally meaning “Truth alone triumphs”.

This is a fantastic show. Although the female foeticide and/or female infanticide is rampant in India, not many people had the courage to talk about it, at least had the means of getting the message across to all sections of people and with such great impact. True, Aamir Khan being a household name and a star greatly helps, but that is the crux of the matter isn’t it.

Aamir Khan has a life that most of Indians crave for. He didn’t have to go and do a show which will take up the issues faced by ordinary Indians. He could have been blissfully ignorant of the issues of India and could have happily spent the rest of his life in a bubble. But, he chose to look beyond himself, that many famous people (not all, obviously) seem incapable of.

Do me a favour, stop  reading, if you are, right now and go and watch the above video.

I think the Shahrukh Khan vs Aamir Khan debate is pretty much settled now, don’t you think?

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When Aliens attack, the World become a better place!

Imagine this: Aliens from an unknown planet somewhere in the Universe attack Earth and they want to take over. They don’t target individual Countries, for obvious reasons- they don’t give a crap.

How do you think we would react?

Is each country going to prepare its own defence plans or would like to co-ordinate with others? Would America let Chinese pilots fly its planes? Would Pakistan allow India to use its logistics? All this considering that if you don’t co-operate with one another you are likely not going to survive and that forgetting your differences and helping each other out will guarantee that the Earthlings win and the Aliens lose.

Now, imagine this: Aliens have lost, and the Earthlings have won a glorious victory. Humans have fought side by side forgetting their differences; North Koreans have fought alongside the Japanese, Muslims alongside the Jews, Brahmins alongside Dalits.

The war is over. . .

Will things get back to normal? Will the Muslims still hate the Isrealis (by extension, jews) knowing (lets say) that it was due to Israel’s advanced weapons that the Arab world was saved and millions of Muslim lives saved? Will Pakistanis still view India as their enemy and believe in the Two Nation Theory, even after realizing that it was due to their combined effort that most of the people of the two nations are alive and that they aren’t that different after all?

Of course, not. May be it would. I cannot say for sure, but I have a hunch that things would not go back to normal. Hate-mongering will go down, new alliances will be made, when not too long ago it was thought to be an impossible feat.

Why? Not because of gratitude, but because of the realization that ultimately the wall that have been constructed by the state and non-state actors are meaningless; they are artificial separations of a common identity of a biological species. The identities are not real, they are man made. They can easily be broken down. Once broken, its equally meaningless and utter stupidity to build them back up. Every Human in the World will finally be (at least for a while) a truly Global Citizen, the ultimate Globalization would have been achieved.

What is an identity? A sense of belonging to some region or being someone, being somebody as opposed to the numbness of being a nobody in a World of 7 Billion just like you.

Identities just don’t just grow naturally, they are indoctrinated by states, by your peers, by your parents,etc. You are brainwashed into believing you belong to an XXX great nation and XXX great Religion or an XXX community and the behaviour for that identity is also defined, some explicitly, some subtly by both forces seen and unseen. If you are an American, you HAVE to believe that America is the greatest Country in the World. If you are a Muslim, you have to believe, to the point of absurdity, that Islam is the only “true Religion” in the World.

I am not saying I have no identities at all or have completely rejected them. I do have them, but I also realize the hollowness of it all. I need a root, but also wings. I need to feel grounded, to feel proud, but at the same time empathize with someone with a completely different idea of himself, with a wholly varied point of view from myself. I want to be a Global Citizen, as well as cheer for my Country in the World Cup or the Olympics.

For some, their intellect forces them to pick sides. You are either embrace your identity and become one with it; Or, reject the whole idea of it and see the World anew. As for me, I am lucky. I don’t want to pick sides. I am comfortable being both and I think I am damn good at it. You may call it hypocrisy, perhaps. But, I don’t see any harm in behaving this way.

Would I tolerate it if India (hypothetically) attacks an innocent set of people who are not Indians and will I blindly support it? Definitely not! That would aghast me. My Global Citizen in me will kick in. If India is beating that same Country in Cricket or Hockey or whatever, I would hope the other team is decimated.

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The Legacy of Gandhi-Nehru Vs Legacy of Jinnah

Two men, near, yet so far

I know I am a bit late to discuss Anna Hazare here[Title is accurate, have patience 🙂 ], as the ‘movement’ he has engineered has come a long way since he started his fast a few months ago and re-started it on August 15th , in support of the Lokpal Bill.  But, I can’t stop thinking about an observation I made.

How do you define a Leader and how do you determine his Greatness?

Anyone can be a leader of the masses, but can anyone leave behind a legacy strong enough to influence generations long after they have passed away?

This was what came to mind when I saw the media calling Anna Hazare a neo-Gandhi, or at least, inspired by Gandhi.

Let us go back in time. August of 1947 was a time of turmoil and two nations were born out of a common womb. The two Countries have since followed two different trajectories. One has proclaimed itself to be an ‘Islamic Republic’, while the other proudly calls itself a ‘Sovereign Socialist Democratic Republic’.

There were many important actors during this time but the contribution of 3 leaders outrank any in this period of mayhem: Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Jawaharlal Nehru and ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi.

Jinnah went on to create his Pakistan by the sheer strength of his will and a lot of British help. Nehru and Gandhi spent half of their time between 1920 and 1947 in various British gaols and managed to get the hard-fought freedom for the Indian Sub-Continent, after a long, bitter struggle for Independence. They all come from the same era but the ideologies they espouse are different.

Gandhi, a pacifist by thought, wore only a hand-spun Khadi and a stern believer in the principles of non-violence. Nehru, considered himself a thorough ‘Gandhian’ and he had even fought with his father, a ‘Great’ himself, Motilal Nehru, in the process of sticking up for Gandhi and his policies (Motilal was opposed to dragging Religion into politics as Gandhi did so brilliantly and constructively).

Jinnah was unlike both. His strength was vague-ness and a brilliant mind. A premier lawyer of his time, who wore Saville Row suits, drank Alcohol (Alcohol consumption considered a sin in Islam) and his preferred language was English, rather than Urdu or Gujrati. Yet, he goes onto raise a cry for Pakistan, claiming ‘Islam is in danger’ [He goes onto argue for the usage of Urdu in Pakistan, even though it was not the native language of the geography nor the language of the majority, thereby sowing seeds for the birth of Bangladesh, a Country for the Bengali speakers of Jinnah’s Pakistan].

Let us not get into the details and the circumstances behind the partition as it doesn’t seem as important in the context of this observation.

So, Jinnah managed to create a “Country for Muslims”, named Pakistan (Land of the pure). And, Gandhi became the ‘Father of the Nation’ of India; Nehru its first PM.

Now, let us come back to the present.

65 years on, Gandhi and his ways are a source of inspiration, not only in India, but all over the World. A person like Anna Hazare still uses Gandhi’s methods to achieve what he thinks is right. Nehru’s name has been soiled a bit for the License-Raj rule he spawned, intentionally or otherwise. Political Parties play politics and use his bloodline to garner votes even today. Clearly he is still the darling of the Rural-India and a source of inspiration for those of us who are not corrupted by the canards propagating in Urban India.

But, what about the other guy in the famous trio? While Gandhi and Nehru are loved to be hated by the Right in India, the Left and the Centrists have been unequivocal about their love for Gandhi-Nehru; Jinnah, on the other hand, has turned out to be the quintessential poster-boy for both the Right and the not-so-Right in Pakistan.

Jinnah is quoted by all and sundry n Pakistan, for everything – Political and Religious. Ask a Pakistani if Pakistan was meant to be a Secular state, the not-so-Right will quote Jinnah’s August 11th speech [where he essentially says there should be room for non-Muslims in Pakistan] and the Right will ask you if Pakistan was meant to be a Secular state why create it in the first place and will also, most probably, quote one of Jinnah’s several speeches authenticating their point of view: A person will selectively quote one of Jinnah’s speeches depending on his/her political leanings. Jinnah has also done a great favor to the Feudalists of Pakistan by seeking their support during the 1940s and late 1930s, thereby not speaking against one of the most brutal institutions of the time- Feudalism. You won’t find him abusing the Feudals the way Nehru vent his rage on them.

Gandhi-Nehru managed to create a Country which would adopt a Constitution which stands for, or, at least does not violate both their respective ideologies. India is officially today a ‘Sovereign Socialist Democratic Republic’ and Pakistan a ‘Islamic Republic’. India is content with its identity; Pakistan’s is ripping it apart. India, almost nonchalantly, will choose a Sikh Prime Minister, who derives his support from a Catholic Congress President. No non-Muslim can aspire to become the President of Pakistan, says its Constitution.

Legacy is such an important thing, especially of those who manage to create and influence entire nations. You have a Jinnah as the ‘Father of a Nation’, you head into turmoil; the politico-religious boundaries get erased and/or tend to overlap. Islamists will use him as their poster boy, so will the Secularists. Your nation will forever be doomed to be governed by a Constitution which allows outrageous laws like the Blasphemy Law. You cannot win an argument against the Right, who tend to not only have Jinnah’s quotes on their side but also are more capable of violence. On the other hand, if you have the luxury of divine providence of having a Nehru/Gandhi as a ‘Guy you can look up to’, your boundaries are pretty clear on most of the important issues, be it regarding war/violence or economy or social evils like the Caste System, Feudaism/Zamindari System,etc. The Right cannot invoke their beliefs and speeches, because there are none.

Mind you, I am talking about legacy here, not particular quotes or specific actions of the individuals in question.

Legacies are what which can define Nations. Only the people with upright morals and genuine good in their hearts can aim to have such influence over others, who in turn may well go onto inspire others. Gandhi can inspire men like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, but Jinnah cant. The difference between the two is pretty obvious: The former used Religion to unite, the latter to divide.

On an inter-personal level, we are all Children of legacies. A Father’s legacy for his son/daughter can define and mold his/her thinking (Influence of Motilal over his son, Jawaharlal, is the best example I have come across). A ‘Guru’ (Teacher) can extend his legacy into his student, by the power and wisdom of his knowledge. Legacy is a pretty powerful tool, for those who understand it. For those who don’t, they leave a legacy too, but that legacy is of a loathsome character and invariably leads to misery.

As far as legacy goes in the India-Pakistan context, India is blessed, while Pakistan seems bound to be stuck in a vicious cycle of war of two Jinnah’s.

Indians, be proud and thank Him for giving us a ‘Mahatma’ when we most needed him!

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Gay Rights…Make Love Not War!

Gays are called 'Gays' for a reason

Dont you hate it when you think know you know someone and they come around and say something that is completely against your belief system?

Something similar happened to me recently. I was telling this buddy from Work that how I had read an article about a guy in Pakistan coming out of the closet after watching a Islam-themed TV show where the TV presenter, an Islamic Scholar, called Gays being “worse than animals”.

My Friend’s reactions was,” He [The TV presenter] was absolutely right.”

My blood boiled!

Who the hell are we to decide what a person is and what he should do in the privacy of his bedroom, as long as nobody is getting hurt?

Then I realized that my friend is  not alone in his opinion. A lot of people in India share his hatred or disrespect. This in a Country which worships the deadliest of Animals, where liberals the likes of Gandhi and Nehru were born. Wasn’t this a Country which gave birth to the Kamasutra? How can we have such a jaundiced view of such an important issue in our Society!

Lets take this in legal perspective. Chapter XVI, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is a piece of legislation in India introduced during British rule of India that criminalises sexual activity “against the order of nature.” The section was read down to decriminalise same-sex behaviour among consenting adults in a historic judgement by the High Court of Delhi on 2 July 2009. Section 377 continues to apply in the case of sex involving minors and coercive sex.

There is a reason why the High Court decriminalized it. It is against the Rights of a Human Being, as guaranteed by the Constitution.

I often hear the argument that same-sex-marriages are against the “laws of nature”. My question for them is what ARE the laws of nature? Where have you read them? Who has published it?

This is not an argument against the violation of nature but a reproduction of hate passed down from generation-to-generation and person-to-person. It is the net effect of a society under the influence of foreign ideas of sexuality.

This cant be the land of the Kamasutra! Hijras,even today, clearly articulate their affinity with such divine (Hindu) figures as  Shiva, especially in his ardhanarisvara (half man/half woman) form, and the Pandava brother Arjuna in his disguise as Brhannala, the dance teacher/eunuch in the court of King Virata, in the well-known epic Mahabharata. The very worshipers of Shiva and admirers of Arjuna(people even named Shiva and Arjuna) dont know cultural background of tolerance towards myriad of thoughts in India.

Why am I so worried about an issue which doesn’t personally concern me? Because it does. I want to live in an India free of prejudice. Today its the Gay Rights issue, tomorrow it might be something which might affect me personally.

I am not asking for everyone to turn gay. All I am saying is the next time you meet a Gay person, make him feel home. Next time you hear something which goes against your conscience protest against it[Or, come tell me I’ll write a blog post about it. 😛 ]. Have an open mind. Do not judge people based on something as trivial as their sexual orientation.

There is a famous statement by Martin Niemöller. It goes,

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

We got Freedom from British slavery in 1947. When will we gain Freedom from the prejudices embedded in our minds?

Martin Luther King had once remarked in his speech, famously,

” I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. “

Let us start judging people by the content of their character, and character alone.

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