There is a famous Punjabi saying that says, “Potter faced the anger when lord fell from the donkey”. Our politics seems to be the same lord that drops all his anger and frustration on poor potter when the real culprit is donkey. There are many issues need urgent solution but authorities are busy in moulding non issues to be issue, ultimately potter like nation suffers. This Afternoon, Punjab Assembly passed a resolution to seek ban on the concerts causing ‘problem’.
Apparently, the donkey in this case is the stampede that caused some major loss recently at a concert. Again name of religion been used to support the argument, re-pledging the aim to be the guardian of the “culture” is core of this resolution, or calling it sugar coating might be the better word. However, is this a Wiseman’s way to put ban in order to deal with the problem, if there is any?
In case the musical concerts are creating “evil” and have no “positive contribution” to the society, than what about the fuss on the theatre in the name of “poetry of body parts” and “culture of Punjab”. The bigger evil should be controlled first in order to redirect all the affairs. The kind of culture of theatres in Punjab showing is beyond wisdom, as a Punjabi (honestly I am not trying to sound nationalist or something) and culture of Punjab cannot be as shameless as the theatre has been showing since past many years. If a ban was required to save the “Islamic” and cultural values of the country than the ban should have been imposed on the “culture” that stage dramas are showing.
In a society that is in deep bog of gloom and frustration there are hardly any real modes of recreation and entertainment left that people can enjoy coming up with such legislation is pure folly.
I am not in favour of freedom that can cross limits anytime, but still banning something just with one flick of a pen is not the solution. Youth is considered to be rebel; there are many under the hood options that youth can follow, when they are pushed to the wall.
It has been said many times that real issue of Pakistan is education, and realisation that help in setting the priority. If there is something bad than there should proper education and information be given to streamline the issues, imposing ban is nothing but counter-productive. Sanity should be prevailed and right to access the entertainment must not be violated. Gone are the days when there used to be lords and donkey was a common ride, but still today poor potter faces the infuriation.