Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Pathetic Suckers of Pakistan

British Queen decides to confer knighthood on Salman Rushdie and Pakistan boils over it. How pathetic! It is one more demonstration of intellectual bankruptcy of that country and shame to the legacy of secular founder Jinha.

Quite apart the core issue of intolerance of these Muslim fanatics, it is a basic decency in today’s world - not to meddle in affairs of other countries. Pakistani extremists have no business to dictate how others live. Rushdie is not conspiring against Pakistani state nor is he undermining Islam. His has been an open debate. Of course, you would not expect any intellectual abilities off of these Mullahs to understand such progressive views.

The really disgusting, pavlovian undercurrent exposed by this hypocrisy is how these Pakistanis want some kind approval from British Queen and yet want it in the fashion in which it would justify their irrational views. In any other society, who gives damn to what that old Queen says. British public itself is on the verge of abolishing monarchy and here these suckers in Pakistan still cling to vestiges of colonial era.

Ultimate opportunistic political leaders like Imran Khan will now come forward to take advantage of this incorrect unrest in Pakistani society. He may organize riots and in the process more common, poorer Pakistanis would die who actually do not bother about Rushdie. True Islam believers do not need any kind words from others in praying for Allah.

Well not for nothing, major institutions like Foreign Policy regard Pakistan as a failed state. Uproar over Rushdie’s knighthood manifests vulnerabilities of that state.

Umesh Patil
Cupertino, CA 95014
June 20, 2007.

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