Mad, Mad World

A few days into the new year, and Pakistan was shaken with yet another mindless incident, where a governor was gunned down by his own security guard for being "guilty" of standing up for minorities. 26 bullets were pumped into the governor by his assassin, who then grinning from ear to ear turned himself over to the police.

And, then all hell broke loose.

Clerics rejoiced, the masses danced, while moderates wept... And, the liberals tried to stop opening and closing their mouths like goldfish, suddenly jerked out of a crystal bowl, on a Queen Anne table.

The Christians crossed themselves several times, and gave masses.

Twitter was all abuzz, and so was Facebook... With fanatical MBAs defending the security guard, and lauding him as a hero. Old people tweeted about their sadness, and were ignored, moderates indulged in embarrassing displays of damage control, and some liberals recovered fast enough to hammer out tweets of disgust with a vengeance which was startling. There was much gnashing of teeth, and use of the word "Jaahil." 

The Indians had the time of their lives throwing fuel on an already blazing fire, Americans ignored the danger of fundamentalists in their own country, and slammed Islam, I don't know who told the people of France , that tweeting to the Pakistani public in French would be a good idea, but it happened, and got even more confusing. Then, not to be outdone, the atheists grabbed the opportunity to repeatedly declare religion a menace.


The world had gone insane.


Several days later, the madness still blazed on, as thousands took to the streets to protest an amendment to the nation's blasphemy laws. Of course, the PM is still bouncing around on TV, trying in vain to assure the rightists that no laws will be amended. Moderates are calling for peace through dialogue, and much quoting of scripture, and liberals are determined to be heard via blogs, Facebook status updates, and tweets hash tagging Pakistan, in what seems to be a contest to keep our country on Twitter's Top 10 Trends. They have suggested everything from banning Madrassas, to designating an island for maulanas and their minions, somewhere in the East Indies. After decades of standing by, watching their country being raped, simply because it benefited most of their capitalist mindsets, they have found their voice.


Bravo Liberals!


Safe to say that most liberals in the country belong to the upper classes?


Who have neglected to take responsibility for the state of this nation for too long. And, here is their payback, biting them hard in the ass. Poverty is a nasty word, and it belongs to the masses here in Pakistan. No one else wanted it, and everyone distanced themselves from it. Except the fanatical clerics, who knew a good thing when they saw it. Christians have done it for 2000 years, and who doesn't borrow from the Christians right?


So they (the clerics) opened their religious schools, fed poor children, probably housed their families, while the upper classes turned a blind eye and went shopping. Are they really surprised as to whom the masses have pledged their allegiance to? Are they really that stupid, as to NOW be blaming fanatical clerics, when they've been a thorn in our side for decades? Do they really have the right to call this nation "Jaahil" when they've done little or nothing to change things for the better? 


Did they pay taxes?
Did they fight for education reform?
Did they fight for childrens rights?
Employees rights?
Human rights?

What are they ranting about? 

We are as much responsible for the state of this country, as the fanatics are.

All of us.


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8 comments:

karachi feminist said...

you know this is absolutely brilliant analysis! the liberals who just have never connected to the masses suddenly afraid that someone from their own class was killed so maybe they are next!

thank you! and keep it coming.

LicensedtoLitigate said...

Brava...well said. I'm afraid you may become a 'social outcast' now! haha.

LicensedtoLitigate said...

Well said...and about time too! beware: you may become a 'social outcast' now!

Sophia said...

Brilliant!

toorie said...

a friend just forwarded your blogpost to me and it's effing brilliant and spot on, as is your profile description. rock on, sister. if you have time and inclination, check out my group's blog - progpak.wordpress.com - although we haven't had a chance to update it in the last couple of months.

Ali Q said...

Dear Miss Bliss,
What a truly wonderful blog you have, i'm glad i came across it. Please write more often; it's heartwarming to see a real Pakistani every now and then...they're quite a rare breed. Hopefully you'll inspire many in your life.

mastoti said...

huuummmmm so ...???

Imran said...

There is so much wrong with this post.

you see sister, the defense of a helpless christian woman by giving reasons, was not exactly a "rant". It was a rich liberal who stood up for a poor helpless woman. It kinda take cares of your conclusion with its overuse of question marks.

his manner of standing up was to give reasons. Those defending him are also giving reasons.

It is a mindset that killed Salman Taseer and its a mindset that needs to be changed, a mindset that will be changed by reasons.

This "ranting" is the civilized way of expressing opinion. If liberals had suicide bombers at their disposal then these brave barelvi mobs and their leaders would have thought a hundred times before threatening the daughter of Salman Taseer or celebrating his death.

Where was this outrage when daata darbar was attacked or mufti naeemi was killed? Why couldnt these cowards issue threats to the Deobandis or the Taliban?

The liberals have nothing to do with the corrupt state of mind that exhibits itself over and over again and has become a hallmark of Pakistanis. Whether Indians are overjoyed with it or not, is out of the question. But it is a reality, which can not be avoided by ridiculous pontification.

Those who are speaking out are doing so at threats to their life, go look up the warnings from the bigots of Sunni Tehreek.