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Saturday, March 08, 2003

And across the border too, regressive orthodoxy and stupidity seems to ruling the roost.

The Friday Times informs me that Qazi Hussain Ahmed of the MMA, a party ruling 2 out of 4 provinces in Pakistan, plans to ban the thousands of years old festival called "Basant" from being celebrated in Pakistan because it is "Unislamic." They are also planning to ban the annual festival of Bulle Shah, one of the most famous Punjabi poets to have ever lived.

The rate at which all governments in South Asia are keen on banning something or the other all the time, instead of doing anything constructive to improve the miserable lives of our people, we will soon be back in the 14th century.

Ban this, ban that. And everyone seems very glad that these bans are proposed.

Maybe both India and Pakistan should be named BAN-GLAD-desh. Ok , ok, that was really corny. ;-)