It aint over till the fat lady sings.. but it is likely that harsher regime measures will be needed in the coming years (unless the CIA actually pulls off regime change, which, given the recent history of such efforts, will end up w a cure worse than the disease) https://t.co/DTMWlXWqEd
— omar ali (@omarali50) May 13, 2019
The Hijab is a part of the Middle Eastern-Levantine cultural matrix so I don’t have a problem when I see Arab women wear it . But it’s risible when Desi Muslims try to flaunt what is essentially an alien garment. If one wants to be modest why not just wear a salwar kameez and elegantly drape the dupatta?
After I ranted to V about yet another uppity Hijabi (the offending lady in question had secured herself a booth for 4 people in a crowded cafe); V made a profound remark.
V didn’t mind the Hijab per se; women should be allowed to wear what they want. However what she found to be so strange about the Muslim hijabi activists in the West is that they had no sympathy for their Iranian sisters who are dying for the right to dress as they please.
Coloured People in the West need to start owning up
This point really resonated with me and it’s why I get so outraged with Muslims in the West. While they are ever so happy to condemn the white man for increasingly minor outrages, their obliviousness towards what happens back home is shocking.
To be fair this sort of activism happens with many colored people. I was told over the weekend that white actors should not be cast as victims since it reinforces a certain narrative. I found that to be particularly outrageous and divisive. One must be just at all times or at least try to be.
As an aside if I see trite or unnecessary comments (note: Kabir) I’ll simply remove it. I find INDthings to be on the whole a much more sensible commentator even if his whole shtick about defending Pakistan online is a bit tired.
Pakistan more like North than South Korea?
Pakistan is not a failed state because Hindutvas go online and bitch about it. Pakistan has failed because of its own flaws and weaknesses. I would have loved to belong to a civilised nation with low infant mortality, universal healthcare and primary enrollment with a reasonable framework for science, research and art. Luckily I do belong to that nation but it’s called Britain not Pakistan.
Pakistan is an incredibly well-positioned state with ample resources. There is no reason as to why it couldn’t have been another South Korea; it’s tragic that it’s closer to North than South.
Pakistanis need to start asking ourselves:
- “Why did we fail?”
- “What can we do better?”
- “What’s holding us back?”
Brown Pundits is very different to Sepia Mutiny, which in the end just drowned from the Indo-Pak thread wars. We have no complexes about smashing Islam because we are from Islam-lite backgrounds.
The Azaan is Ugly
Granted if I wasn’t Pakistani then I might have treaded much more carefully when criticizing Muslim culture. However having grown up in the culture I can’t be accused of ignorance. To this day I find the Azaan disgusting since it used to drone on incessantly all throughout Islamabad.
There is an elegance to Church Bells that the Azaan entirely lacks. Why can’t a woman or a transgendered person (the castrati were the best opera singers) do a weekly Azaan on Fridays, to which men & women attend, pray, flirt and socialise with one another.
This is exactly how the Ismailis do it and they are a very cultured (and rich) people. Hindu temples, Churches (in the more liberal parts of the West) and even our own Baha’i Feasts operate on these lines where the genders mix and dress to impress each other.
Islam must stop being declasse
If Islam poshed up that’s fine, but apart from being extremely declasse, what’s criminal about it is that it’s suppressing people who do want to dress elegantly.
Persian Culture is the redoubt of aesthetes. Tehran is a heart-rendingly beautiful city; where every empty space has some artwork on it.
Unfortunately Islam is a festering cancer of Iranian society (not to mention Pakistan); the quicker it’s excised (or at least tamed) the better for all.
Also it’s best to speak clearly and plainly and not to obfuscate. This is why I’ll be removing unnecessary comments since I don’t want be lectured to respect something that must not be respected. It violates every core of my being to condone heinous actions as legislating what women must wear.