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The morning after the big win


Hi Dear students,

I hope you have watched the Pak vs India match. I did too. I cheered and celebrated lifelines, wickets, and boundaries. A day has passed since the victory.

The euphoria of win must have not left when Pakistan has opened eyes in the morning. The victory over the arch-rival, victory which many of us wanted but some part of us was not expecting, should have left you exuberant, full of energy, hopeful.

Was there not a hint of disbelief that today day is just another day? How it could be? it ought to be Eid or National Day or even better an unexpected holiday because some big-wig passed away. There should have been an extra kick in your walk.

I have woke on many such mornings, sometimes morning after a victory or day after an exhilarating display of talent; Ah!  when Pakistan won the World Cup, that win in the Hockey Champions Trophy,  Saqlain’s momentous effort with Wasim, Shoaib bringing South Africa to knees in a single over, Jahangir Khan defeating Jahansher, Junoon….

But you should ask a question why? To be fair, it’s not the biggest win, just 4 matches? it cannot change future of the nation, cannot remove corrupt, not produce enough energy, cure cancer, …  reduce a long list of disappointments, but it’s a win leaving you with unexplained joyous feeling. You must be feeling that wave of invincibility, that anything is in grasp, good can happen, we can win, we can crush and we can achieve.

Let not that belief of invincibility pass you. If you let it pass, it will be a just memory. The memory where 11 players did something wonderful and rest of us just joined into celebrations. Or you can ride the wave of this belief, bravado, and confidence. As they say, monetize it.

I want us to

Hold on to the moment of confidence when Shadab asked for a review, that confidence, that air of faith in one’s actions. How many moments you will have that confidence when you are typing your results or being questioned about your experiments? or about your views, political or scientific?

Hold on to the effort Fakhar put in when he was given lifeline, let it your effort when you have floated around your semesters without failing in last few years due to luck. Let it be replaced by hard work, full of concentration, day after day, ball after ball, quiz after quiz, experiment after experiment, mockery after mockery, …

Hold on to Aamir’s effort to put himself back in the arena after being caught in a match-fixing, humiliating his nation and perhaps himself too. His talent might be God given, but his effort is not, he was not born with the daily practice he puts in. You should ask the question, how many hours you have spent on your manuscript? or sweat in library solving those equations.  Understand the frustration Sarfaraz must have felt every time he has to tell his colleagues, please play with some responsibility; and still have not lost his nerve.

And hold on to Hardik Pandya’s effort for the lost cause, … not all the efforts get you victories, but they are important. (remember Wahab Riaz’s bowling in last world cup, it will be unfortunate that he might be remembered for that, but that bowling left everyone mesmerized)

Hold on to all or one of them and make it yours … otherwise,  few years down the road these will be just “what were you doing when…” memories.

Be a  dreamer, be humble … and show up every morning for a fight.

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Posted by on June 19, 2017 in Cricket, India, Pakistan, Uncategorized

 

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Writing about Pakistan


posting about Pakistan is most difficult thing to do, should one post about rising tensions on LOC? defending actions of arm-forces while still preaching that peace should be given chance? should one post about 100 killed in previous day? should one share the positives that exist beside darkness? should one talk back to friends about dangers of making deaths into issue of one sect, while still standing beside them? should one talk to ones who are ignoring this massacre like nothing serious has happened? should one ridicule so called 40 million “match” maker? should one talk about trauma many of our force-members might have been going through in past some years? or about the ones whose family members have been shot down, blown out by bombs and bullets? should one shout for mile long lines on gas stations? of the financial burdens or chilling cold residing on the planes of Punjab effecting next crop year? should one shout out names of people whose disappearance and murders have silence markers directing towards people with big boots?

Taken about 23 hours ago.

 

I just saw picture of street full of people sitting in the cold winter night with the dead bodies of people died in previous day’s terrorist activities. How can you argue with these guys that giving city and province under the army will not going to resolve anything? that it will worsen the situation, that Armies are not there to run the cities and provinces. But how shall one argue with the ones whose friends, family members and neighbors have been shot down continuously. We all know that the actions being demanded right now are not even good as band-aid,  but does anyone has anyother solution?

I don’t know what to say …

Iqbal said “people think it is to be a Muslim”, sometime it appears same thing could be said about being Pakistani.

in these moments one realizes what Faiz must be going through when he wrote following poem.

تجھ کو کتنوں کا لہو چاہیے اے ارضِ وطن

جو ترے عارضِ بے رنگ کو گلنار کریں
کتنی آہوں سے کلیجہ ترا ٹھنڈا ہوگا
کتنے آنسو ترے صحراؤں کو گلزار کریں

تیرے ایوانوں میں پُرزے ہوئے پیماں کتنے
کتنے وعدے جو نہ آسودہ اقرار ہوئے
کتنی آنکھوں کو نظر کھا گئی بد خواہوں کی
خواب کتنے تری شاہ راہوں میں سنگسار ہوئے

بلا کشانِ محبت پہ جو ہوا سو ہُوا
جو مجھ پہ گزری مت اس سے کہو، ہوا سو ہوا
مبادا ہو کوئی ظالم تیرا دامن گیر
لہو کے داغ تو دامن سے دھو، ہوا سو ہوا

ہم تو مجبورِ وفا ہیں مگر اے جانِ جہاں
اپنے عشاق سے ایسے بھی کوئی کرتا ہے
تیری محفل کو خدا رکھے ابد تک قائم
ہم تو مہمان ہیں گھڑی بھر کے ہمارا کیا ہے

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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On the Water Front and Ghulam


To be fair I have always thought Aamir Khan to be better actors than many, the one that did not churn out same kind of films over and over again; picking good ones much better than others. Somehow I have never been too impressed by what he does, e.g. his supper duper hit film Ghulam. It always appeared to me be a little bit foreign; mish-mash of local settings and out of context people. The motor cycle gang e.g. in summer of India people wearing leather jackets ridding here and there on motor bikes.

Today I found out that it is much closely matched to the Marlon Brando’s film “On The Water Front“. It was disappointing to find that out actually, because I thought even if the elements in the film were foreign the film and role are original.

Enjoy the most famous scene from the “On the Water Front” called Contender scene

 

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Film Review

 

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Kashmir; students ask for Azadi


In Pakistan the media is not giving much heed to what is going around in Indian Held Kashmir, might be they want to distance themselves from the events. Reading news articles, both by Indian and non-Indian, it seems everyone is in conclusion that they are largely based on anger of local people, more on the basis of how govt. is treating them.  Have a look at BBC’s Soutik Biswas Deja vu in Kashmir and Wall Street Journal The New Kashmir Anger.  Indian Army is marching in the streets of Kashmir and Media restrictions have been placed. Due to media restrictions no newspaper was published yesterday.

One of the Interesting news was about the Film Lamhaa. IBN CNN reported Kunal Kapoor’s tryst with danger in Kashmir and what was danger? He was performing Lamhaa’s scene in front of 400 schools students and some students start objecting to what he was saying.

Kunal says, “I was saying my lines when suddenly some students said that you are not making sense and everybody joined them. However, there was another group of students who were supporting what I said. This small argument led to a big argument where both groups started arguing with each other.”

He further elaborates, “In the midst of this big argument, I didn’t know what to do and I was simply standing. Then suddenly from nowhere a student came and shouted, ‘Kashmir ko kya chahiye?’ (What does Kashmir want?), and the rest answered in one voice ‘Azadi’ (freedom).

These are not words from some Pakistani or any other non-Indian personality, we can’t say that he is twisting it to make it against India. So when I listen and read many Indian commentator saying whatever is happening in Kashmir is Pakistan’s doing or they have been manipulated by few, I want them to listen and observe Kashmir. Try to understand what the people of Kashmir want. One of the excellent interview is what Mehbooba Mufti gave to IBN CNN on 8th of July 2010 http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mehbooba-blames-government-for-kashmir-violence/126260-37.html?from=search . She truly said that the said alleged tapes regarding the so called Separatist Leaders can’t be used as an excuses of State sponsored violence Kahmiri people are facing.

 

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After Fort Hood Shooting; a Muslim view


Everyone right now must have heard the news that a Muslim Army officer went on shooting rampage at Fort Hood. I first thought it could be any person having Arabic name, but then it became apparent that he is Muslim. And Guardian is reporting that He shouted Allahu Akbar before shooting.

This is sad and worrying day, 13 lives have been lost and about 28 people are injured. This is worrying not only because such shooting are becoming repetitive event in which some normal looking guy walks in with gun and start shooting. It happened at mall, it happened at school and it happened at university campus; now at military base.

It is worrying also because an involvement of a Muslim will open door for more prejudice, bias and hate towards Muslims.  As a Muslim I am concerned that instead of viewing this event as an action by mentally ill person much like previous shootouts, people will try to put in the picture of Islamic Terrorism. This will give people tool and opportunity to speak against the Muslims.

There is going fear in online community that this might trigger religious or atleast geographical profiling. One of the interesting discussion of which I was pointed out is going on over article by Hirscfield on Washington Post  http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/brad_hirschfield/2009/11/fort_hood_massacre_no_indictme.html

Ironically, those who will use this event to disparage all Muslims or Islam in general, even to the point of violence, will prove themselves no different from those they oppose. In fact, they will prove how much they share with Mr. Hasan. Such generalized hatred is precisely the animating approach of anyone who opens fire on a collection of individuals who pose them no immediate threat.

But in b/w he asks that question should be asked from Community he came from. Interesting reply came from one of the poster

kjohnson3’s Reply:

When you refer to “the community from which the murderer came,” why do you look only at the religious community from which he came? He also came from the military community and the medical community.

I personally have not viewed till now any discrimination, I can feel that heat is increasing, someone on Fox News just asked that whether Muslims in Military should go through Special Screenings.

I will like to ask; was some Special Screening arraigned for the people belonging to ethnicity or religion or community of previous shooters? But then we all know about the Fox News, if you don’t know much about Fox News,  you can assume they are Big Version of Zaid Hamid.

In response to these hate messages there are lots of messages talking about not to use Guilt By Association, and are for supporting American Muslims. I have personally found Americans to be friendly and never came face to face with anti-Muslim person. One of the reason might be because I live in University Town, but I believe this is general feature.

As for with such event, I ask people to not to let their fears, biases and pain make them hate other people. And as for every such case one of the critical question that should be raised is how he was able to take gun inside a secure area? Why was there such security lapse?

Other critical question is Why was this person not flagged as a risk person?

If his views, as being told by some news agencies, were extremists he should have been separated, where was negligence? An extremists person should not have a place in any Army, this is true for any extremists, be it religious or social.

If it becomes visible that his motivation was not only PTSD but also religious, then it will be quite worrying part. It is critical that we should recognize that there are thousands of extremists who think their motivation comes from the religion.  Hundreds have died in Pakistan from the hands of extremists who think their actions are justified from Religion, about 2 decade back there were groups going for extremists activities because of their political (which were non-religious) views. Just few months ago Tamil tigers were killing their own people and still in regions of India Maoist have been accused of mass killing.  In America there are White Supremest and religious conservative who think they will one day have to go on war with others. In Europe there has been rise of BNP.

These all form of extremisms are to be condemned but understood that they don’t define communities, religions or ethnicity. I wish everyone good luck, it is difficult period on this world.

I am just a visitor in America, soon I will be back to my homeland Pakistan; the one thing I love about America is Equal Rights for everyone. But such rights can not just be dictated by Law they have to be implemented by society. I hope American society keeps on implementing that.

 

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Sultan Rahi and Principal of Evil Marksmanship


It seems all effects of Sultan Rahi not dented by single bullet and Ametab being able to successfully destroy whole Island of villain has a proper name, it is called Principal of Evil Marksmanship. Wikipedia explains and details it very nicely.

The term first appeared in film critic Roger Ebert‘s 1980 book “Little Movie Glossary”,[1] and had been submitted by Jim Murphy of New York. It was defined as:

The bad guys are always lousy shots in the movies. Three villains with Uzis will go after the hero, spraying thousands of rounds which miss him, after which he picks them off with a handgun.

So finally I know the name of the art being followed by our film heroes (yes I still call it film, Guardian does it too). Although Hollywood is also pron to it (that’s why they have name for it 🙂 ) but somehow their films execute same idea quite gracefully. I remember a scene in which Sultan Rahi and her female accomplice were avoiding bullets by just bending down quickly. Not once but again and again.

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Other interesting terms on the same page are Stormtrooper Effect and One-at-a-time Attack Rule. Last one is most interesting because you see it all the time in movies.  Shahrukh Khan, Ametabh, Dharmendar and even Jackie Chen, they all fight one to one, now they have progressed to 2 at a time. 3 people attacking at same time is rarity. And why the hell only one person in whole gang has the gun, and all the guys are fighting to get it; if you remember last scene of Don (original version).

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2009 in Film Review

 

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Articles on Jinnah


Among all the articles written in Pakistan media after the Jaswant Singh’s Book regarding Pakistan, one can rate “The partition game”
By Sayeed Hasan Khan & Kurt Jacobsen, on the top.
Instead of galloping into the mine field of what Indian population want and don’t want, it discusses what Jaswant Singh’s book might have effect.

By sowing doubts among Muslim voters in India, Singh undermines the legacy of Nehru and Patel, on one side, and also repudiates the extreme BJP rightwing, which is going nowhere anyway.

And What his intentions could be like forming a new party or trying to attract Muslims away from  Congress.

But main portion of the article consists of refrences of  many books written across the border discussing Jinnah vs Gandhi, Patel and Nehru.  Their article makes point that it is not only Jaswant Singh that has such positive view but many other also before him have published their  same view.

They rightly criticize the Official version of the history in Pakistan by saying

Indeed, the official fairytale, as displayed in a government documentary made soon after independence, asserts Pakistan was conceived when Mohammed bin Qasim touched the shores of Sindh in the eighth century.

Infact I remember reading in the school books that base of Pakistan was laid when first Muslim arrived in Sub continent. They forget to mention that there are many Muslims in India still (although many times targeted for their religion, but still are living there). They forget that Pakistan might be created in the name of religion, but it was created not for all the Muslims of India. It was created for the community living in majority in those areas, which feared that their rights will not be given to them by the other community (and their fears were materialized during the Congress Ministries)

But what I do have criticism for them when they say

They don’t seem to appreciate that Singh also castigates the ideologues of the sort who assert that Iqbal dreamt of Pakistan and that Jinnah, as a matter of pure fate, achieved it.

My point is why all these people try to convince us that if somehow making peace with Jinnah would have avoided Pakistan. I differ here, I think even if Jinnah and PML’s top body had agreed to abondon idea of Pakistan, it would have been difficult to avoid it. It would have been created, either as semi-autonomus body or fully-independent one, what it is right now. What ever would have been name, it would have had it’s separate identity.

Nations with such vast difference require some solidifying figures and moments. We lost our unifying moments, I think at the start of the 20th century.  And with Jinnah and Gandhi both totaly different personalities we would have never had unifying figure.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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