It's sad when someone who's had a violent past mocks war through a Bollywood stereotype. @Trevornoah 's mother was shot in the head by her husband(Trevor's stepfather).Imagine someone making fun of it with a Xhosa stereotype – the tribe his mum belongs topic.twitter.com/pUFrm3Iavv
— Zainab Sikander (@zainabsikander) March 2, 2019
I wrote a rather incendiary post about the whole incident. However I posted it to my private blog as I’m trying to be less polemical. I’m surprised by how unnecessarily “personal” Zainab’s attack on Trevor was but that is a very Muslim thing to do*.
I would have said that he dissed South Asians but the fact is that if one parses his words; it’s directly targeted towards India.
I thought Omar’s analysis was the best I’ve read so far but I disagree with his conclusion. Trevor called the war for Pakistan; in the battle of global perception Pakistan, which is a bankrupt & failed state, has won a huge win as being seen as an equal & rival to economically ascendant India.
When a lion fights with a mouse, he makes the mouse his equal. India managed to do that in the latest round when she should pick her enemies more judiciously.
It really takes a particular type of strategic genius for India to have turned Pakistan back into a Sino-Arab Satrapy, echoing the Achaemenid ownership of the Indus, when it should have been India’s Muslim frontier.
India should have made turned Pakistan into an Austrian Bantustan**, an ineffectual state but exceptional useful respository of pan-South Asian High Culture, the demotic version of which is Hindustani.
*I notice Islam teaches Muslims to go for the jugular. I was writing on my Pakistani whatsapp group that the best we can hope for peace in South Asia is when Vidhi becomes PM of India and automatically one of the Pakistani ladies just lost it and said that Priyanka Gandhi would be a better choice. My friend’s response reminded me of Zainab’s above, typical of the vicious Pakistani psyche; unnecessarily competitive and reductive.
** In fact Nehru could have easily prevented Partition but he wasn’t able to outgame the brilliant but highly devious Jinnah. We forget Nehru was the son of Motilal and inherited his position but that Jinnah was pretty much self-made. It’s amusing that when push comes to shove the Muslim League put its destiny in the hands of converts; Iqbal & Jinnah.