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Monday, December 28, 2009

Benazir's poem?, Aaker Patel, Shaheen Sehbai's "should"

Anjum Niaz: Two years today when Benazir Bhutto returned to Larkana. Only to be interred alongside her loved ones. Her poem written in exile is parsed by ‘deep throat’ exclusively for us.
I to my people want to go
I came in the winter of repression
I pray to return in different times
Like the joy of a seasonal rain
The people’s support I will reclaim.

Writing about the unending holiday seasons in India Aaker writes: The month also has Eidul-Fitr and Ganesh Chaturthi, on which we pacify the god of obstacles. This is Ganesh with his elephant head, whose idol we bring home and later immerse in water amid dancing and singing. The festival is quite recent, and was made popular in the 1890s by Bal Gangadhar Tilak. [It has been said that BGT was influenced by the Ashura as a unifying symbol for the Muslims~t]

I was amused by the righteous indignation of Shaheen Sehbai. He has also gone to the same school as Hamid Mir - instead of reporting and analysing news, they are increasingly advising.

To wit:

Mian Nawaz Sharif should...
The Supreme Court should ...
The prime minister should ...


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