January 25, 2010 2 Comments
Politics — nowadays is also served on the dining table inclusive of some extra spice in association with the favorite political talk show being aired at that moment, otherwise the usual gossip on politics is always into the bargain at the dining table. The prominent thing about politics is that it’s unscheduled, in a way that you never need any special theme to put on in order to jumpstart the talkses despite the possibility or fact that there’s no talk show aired at that time or your dinner is devastated by holy load-shedding. For example, at the dining table:
Aaj tu tamatar ki qeemat asmaan se baatein kar rahi thi (yehi koi 3 Rs. ziada). Hadh hai, gosht bhi itna mehenga chal raha hai.
Today, the price of tomato was skyrocketing. Unbelievable, meat is also way too expensive.
And here you’re. Political gossip has just begun. You know where it’ll end? It was started with the economy of the country, moved to pure politics then — just like the car traveling in a lizard lane — and will usually end with the same old vernacular phrase: kya hoga is mulk ka! (What will happen to the country!)
I believe, while writing all this, that this is the story of every home, or at least majority of homes in Pakistan. This isn’t our fault perhaps that we can’t resist ourselves not to bring politics at every moment we find is unworthy of discussing because nothing has changed so far; notwithstanding that from our long dining table gossips on politics to hours long drawing room tea/green-tea/coffee with guests with the torrential shmoozing on politics and to the watching of political talk shows on comfy sofas — nothing has changed yet after all that.
While aggroupings happen and gossips take place on politics, it’s been noticed that even the most standpat type of people do acknowledge at times: Sub choor hain yaar (Everyone is a looter).
By virtue of word ‘politics’ — which is, once I read, derived from the word ‘poly’ means ‘many’ and ‘ticks’ means ‘blood sucking parasites’ — the contemporary politicians hold countless PhD’s coupled with honorary PhD’s as well — in the Management of Bloodsucking. The number of death of people affected by malaria is sure less than the number of people who die due to circumstances attributable to the bad policies and moves of politicians. This, if anything, also substantiates the fact that politicians are more inauspicious than mosquitoes. Yours and mine have a poor luck that a mospel kind of lotion, to prevent from getting sucked by politicians, isn’t hatched up until now.
Although every politician is same, but in Pakistan there’s an unparalleled lot of politicians found at no place in the world. Such distinction of Pakistani politicians from the rest of the politicians of the world is parce que many overt reasons that are, on top of it, incomprehensible as obstructed by morbid egotism of the Ghairat Brigade.
Let’s move down to the types of politics and politicians — particularly related to Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
There are only two types of politicians: honest politicians and honestly honest politicians.
Honestly honest politicians are those who think they’re honest while the downtrodden awaam thinks of them as berks. Some of the characteristics of honestly honest politicians are that they’re down to earth, in regards to the trait learnt from the evil lore. Some honestly honest politicians fall squarely out of the comfy jails in to the country’s presidency and premiership while others of their kind were/are afraid of being incarcerated so they excused the awaam and threw themselves into self-exile, hence, remain fugitive from justice.
Some honestly honest politicians chant the slogans of Rooti, Kapra and Makaan (Food, Cloth and House) to get the votes. This is another kind of demagoguery politics quite common in Pakistan. All those who chant the slogan of such kind with the purpose of getting the votes from the abundantly poverty-stricken people simultaneously have lush palaces, in conjunction with bank accounts in foreign countries filled with billions of dollars for their very personal lavishness.
Other kinds of such politicians pledging to promote democracy are found having covert meetings at General Headquarters. Such politicians are personally unconcerned with anything except of retribution and certainly the chief of all facts in politics — power seeking by unprincipled power ploys.
Some other characteristics of honestly honest politicians are, to an exceedingly degree of honesty, understandable (which is actually quite easy to understand in the contemporary politics in spite of mentioning) when one intend to malign his/her opponent by means of blame game, particularly related to ad hominem arguments — often unilateral — revolving around one’s private life.
There are other kinds of politicians who urge people to put a stop to the arms culture in civilians while their own substantial stalwarts hold a horde of illegal arms. Such duplicitous politicians and their political parties are a prompt threat to country, yet we support them.
Another kind of honestly honest politicians are those who are running their political campaign on the name of Islam and ‘go America go’ slogans. I’m horrified to see that on the name of Islam, they terrorize students in the universities and colleges. However, besides, it’s a bilateral process where every such terrorist under the banner of student try imposing his beliefs on others. And once rejecting those means you’ll be bullied by them persistently and throughout your stay in university. These politically affiliated students from different honestly honest political parties have ruined the educational institutes to a considerable extent. We’re doomed — no one is up for the elimination of politics from educational institutes.
Let’s not forget a top listed and earthshaking brand of a semi-political party. They believe that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is an extraordinarily brave woman — a female hero for them. On one side they bomb the schools, look black upon the coeducation system — and on the other side their favorite female hero has studied in a coeducation system in an American University, and has also worked in a environ with males — which they term as strictly un Islamic. Such sanctimonious semi-political party is a blot and cause major regression in the ongoing life cycle of the country.
Each day these honestly honest political leaders and their political parties write on ice and each second day the ice melts and they rewrite on ice again. This has been going on for decades now while the Ghairat Brigade watches this political matinee and at nights we’ve to discuss — often as idle hours activity — at dining table, at coffee shops, in drawing rooms and in front of TV on comfy sofas while watching the hot talk shows on politics. And the life afloat … under a revision.
PS: I’ve jotted down this write up with a purpose of no purpose to mold already to the skies molded people, but to help myself rectify with the help of the views of others. Today’s politics, I sternly believe, is all about self-interest and lack of principles. Besides, the other kind of politicians i.e. the honest politicians need no introduction and explanation.