Love Aaj Kal

WASHINGTON DIARY: Love, past and present

by: Dr. Manzur Ejaz

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, August 26th, 2009

Like many others, this film distorts the historical perspective of the great mythical love stories when it misrepresents them by saying that their characters were striving for some metaphysical goal while the present generation is only looking for worldly relations.

As the societies change, the concept of love is redefined. Love being the binding force between basic units of human society, man and woman, changes its forms and modalities; however, the essence remains constant. At least this is what has been portrayed in a new Bollywood’s movie, Love Aaj Kal. The reception and acceptance of the film’s mature and adult theme shows that the transition of Indian society is entering a decisive phase with implications for its neighbours and economic partners.

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Senator Edward M. Kennedy – Sindhi-Americans have lost a great voice in the US Senate

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009

by: FEROZE A. URSANI, Swansea, IL, USA

America, and indeed the world, today has lost a great fighter for their rights. Senator Kennedy in his five decades in the US Senate authored hundreds of pieces of legislation which played a major role in uplifting the lives of the have nots in this country, and played at times a pivotal role in extending these rights of the imperialistically subjugated peoples the world over.

We, Sindhi-Americans have also lost a great voice for us in the US Senate. His role in the special caucus arranged in Chicago by Dr Bhatti, SANA’s former President Dr Bhatti, which made it possible to bring to light the infamous “activism” of the US Consular staff in Karachi to bring MQM to the US, in the eighties, is well known and appreciated by us here. Senator Kennedy was resolutely in the corner of the people the world who struggled for their sovereign rights within a country. This was clearly evident in his open support of the Irish peoples struggles against British imperialism in the eighties, and then his part in getting the Irish get a fair deal in the George Mitchell brokered peace talks in the UK in the nineties. Senator Kennedy also was a friend of immigrants here, as we all are, and stood for their rights, as evidenced by his co-sponsored bill with John McCain. And above all, he led a fight to make sure that health coverage was a right rather than a privilege of all Americans. Like all Americans, we Sindhi-Americans also mourn the passing away of a great American.

AIR KINGDOM

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh

Once upon a time, we heard fairy stories of Hatim Tai and others but presently we see kingdom in the air as from London politics is being played like a Doll enchanting its courtiers with cries, weeping, dancing and other joking styles.The first question arises as to who is paying for this whole drama since last two decades. Is this not kind of corruption or bribe. The living pattern and other expenditure of Billion rupees is consumed monthly.Up to now if we calculate the whole expenditure on this drama, trillion of rupees must have been spent.Why the Sindh Government, Faderal Government of Pakistan, and other agencies are silent on this issue. It looks that this is happening for some long term plans and conspiracies. The plan might be very tragic for Sindh and the country itself. Some clues have appeared on the surface of the Sindh land that the U.S. diplomates visit them in Karachi without any security and announcement.We concerned citizens and Government should think over this plan and approach the Londoner to serve the people in his own country if the money is to be saved on such far away speeches and announcements which can be spent for the betterment and welfare of poor people of Pakistan.In addition to this Financial saving, the country can be saved from expected future turmoils. It is better to nip in the bud the conspiracy being planned or chalked out.

An open letter from Iqbal Tareen, the Founding President of Jeeay Sindh Students Federation to JSSF

August 25, 2009

Members and Leaders of Jeeay Sindh Students Federation

My dear friends, I am grieved at the loss of innocent life of Asad Abasi. Mother Sindh and Asad’s family lost a beautiful child in a wrong battle.

The recent tragic clashes causing deaths in Mehran University bring a deep sadness and pain to me and many well meaning people in Sindh and overseas. No matter how hard one pretends, it is simply impossible to pick an angel from a devil between the two feuding children? No matter who dies in the fight, Sindh becomes a grieved mother. The senseless and bloody battle of ideas will continue producing similar tragedies unless you decide to take charge of your destiny by denying evil forces a liberty of turning your sweet dreams into nightmares.

You must refuse to operate under the moments of madness and acts of intimidation. If you failed to lead your lives now, your future will be lead by the forces which crave your misery and vanquish. You can’t possibly create a peaceful and loving society whose roots are buried under the pile of hate and violence. If you are yearning to create a new great Sindhi society you must act now. You must accommodate decent and disagreement within your lives and within your ranks to build an inclusive society.

Being a founder of your organization I feel I have a right to expect highest standards of conduct from you. I invite you and members of other student bodies to a real challenge of returning academic peace to the campuses. I urge you to implement complete civility in the dialogue and debate of ideas. History will also hold all other political parties to the same yardstick. I urge major political groups and parties including Pakistan People’s Party, all wings of Jeeay Sindh movement, Awami Tehrik, teachers, NGOs, and influential parents of students to come together to bring about an Academic Peace into all educational institutions of Sindh.

My dear friends, nation of Sindh is counting on you. I urge you not personalize your political differences and stop directing your anger at each other. Invest your energy into building higher frontiers of hope and paving way for prosperity and better tomorrow.

Iqbal Tareen

Founding President, Jeeay Sindh Students Federation

Email – iqbal.tareen@gmail.com