Our Truth is Truer Than Your Truth

Date: October 27, 2010

Setting: Rawlakot, Pakistani Administered Kashmir and Poonch, Indian Administered Kashmir.

Fact: Exchange of fire on the LOC (Kashmir Part of India-Pakistan Border)

Indian Side:

The following news was reported by the Times of India.

2 Ceasefire violations by Pak at Poonch, Uri Sectors in J-K

JAMMU: Pakistan on Wednesday violated the ceasefire agreement and opened heavy fire on forward Indian positions in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir, army sources said, adding no casualty or loss has been reported so far.

Sources said the Pakistan troops opened heavy firing from machine guns and fired rockets on the Forward Defended Locations (FDLs) namely Kranti, Kripan and Ravi in Krishnaghati sub-sector along the Line of Control.

The Army spokesperson confirmed the incident and said the Pak troops opened heavy fire using machine guns and RPG rockets on Indian posts in Krihna Ghati sector at around 1530 hrs. He also said the encounter is still on. He however added that Indian side observed restrained to avoid escalation of tension in area.

He said it is clear case of ceasefire violation and has been done to facilitate the pushing the infiltrators into Indian side.

In an earlier ceasefire violation, Pak troops fired on the Indian posts in same sector for an hour in which on army jawan was killed on Oct 24. Pakistani troops had fired on Indian posts in Kerni at Jallas sub-sector along the Line of Control ( LoC) in Poonch district on October 1 and 2. Pak troops also violated ceasefire on September 28 and 29 in the Krishna Ghati sub-sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan Side:

This was the piece as reported by the Samaa News.

Indian army opens fire on PPP rally in Azad Kashmir

Staff Report

MUZAFFARABAD: The Indian army opened fire on the rally organized by Pakistan Peoples’ Party where one man wounded Wednesday.

Kashmiris are observing the black day throughout the world against the Indian occupation in Kashmir.

Indian army opened fire on the rally when it reached near Taitri, Batal Sector where one man injured.

Pakistan minister for information, Qamar-uz Zaman Kaira, while talking to media persons in Lahore, said that the government condemned the incident and will protest. SAMAA

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Creating a Scene… and Proud of it!

Creating a scene, and being proud of it.

This has become more of a tradition in Pakistan. Such behavior has actually become quite widespread among the representatives of the Pakistani nation and a lot of its displays have been noticed of late. Adding a new member to the list, joining the revolutionary Abdul Qayyum Jatoi.

The latest display came from Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, a Karachi-based orthopaedic surgeon and Minister of Sports of the Sindh Province representing the MQM, who like a lot other medical doctors in the country are into other fields, in his case sports, politics and yes, show business. In fact, he is not really associated directly to show business, but frankly even serious news on Pakistani media has become nothing short of show business and making this remark keeping in mind his love of being the center of attention.

On the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi, Dr. Shah was with the Pakistani contingent as the Chief de Mission. A controversy or instead a spectacle ruined the pleasant feeling triggered by the cheer of the Nehru Stadium crowd for the Pakistani contingent. Pakistani athlete Shujauddin Malik was supposed to be the flag bearer and at the time, Dr. Shah, who was already holding the flag for unknown reasons, refused to hand it over to Malik and carried on with the march, waving to the camera.

Isn’t he looking nice? Glad the camera didn’t miss him. Wait, is that his name on the screen? And is that DD commentator out of his mind? I feel sorry for him. Maybe he is naïve enough not to recognize a famous and popular personality like Dr. Shah because he lives on the wrong side of the border.  But all the factors point towards the fact that the Pakistani contingent had “officially” submitted Malik’s name to the organizing officials as the flag bearer. Just goes to show we have just the right people representing Pakistan on all fronts, from sports to politics.

So what’s so wrong about that? He wanted to carry the flag like a proud and patriotic Pakistani and is the most enthusiastic guy in the group. Great. I don’t really have problems with that, he could march on the streets carrying the Pakistani flag every single day, but the ceremony requires that one of your leading athletes should carry the flag and lead the contingent. Athletes were carrying flags f0r all other contingents of all other countries. Either all of them were insane or Dr. Shah knows something they don’t.

The bottomline is that he created a scene. OK, so what, forget about it. I never even wanted to write about it. But what is worse, is that he didn’t acknowledge that he made a mistake, defended it with a sense of pride, and despite being a senior official engaged in a stupid tussle with Shujauddin Malik, which ended up demoralizing the athlete and which is still in news on the date of publishing of this post. How ridiculous. Currently the responsible media of Pakistan are milking the issue to sell their precious news airtime.

When you are leading, even the little and seemingly insignificant things count, and Dr. Shah displayed his leadership by carrying the flag, which is alright, but going out of his way to do so, and by making things even worse by mistreating an athlete and abusing his authority, he certainly showed people what not to do if they ever find themselves in his shoes. As the Pakistani contingent landed back home after the games, Dr. Shah shamelessly defended his action and instead of acknowledging his mistake, said that he would do it again if he gets the opportunity.

I hope whoever has followed what has happened does not offer him another opportunity. Or be prepared for another spectacle. And watch them be proud of it.

If anyone is following the kind of comments both the gentlemen are passing about each other, you would surely realize how embarrassing and shameful this episode has turned into. Even if we consider for a second that the athlete overreacted in expressing his disappointment over the row and should have performed better in the games, “putting the country first” (had he been fit, that is), was the senior most official and the all-knowing guru of sports Dr. Shah even aware of his responsibilities?

At the end of the day, he has just shown us what he really is. A shameless exhibitionist who can go to any limits to get the attention of the cameras. He is not the first, he won’t be the last.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, Thank you for making us proud, and for creating a scene and being proud of it. It only helps educating kids at home watching you.

Imagine: Happy 70th Birthday John Lennon

John Lennon would have been 70 today.

John Lennon has been one of the most politically influential artists of the 20th century. Catapulted to fame as being one of the lead singers and founders of The Beatles, he continued with his solo career after the band split in 1970 and produced some of the most amazing music of the time till his death. He was shot dead by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. The reason for the murder was apparently that Lennon once commented in an interview that “We (The Beatles) are more popular than Jesus now…”, which did create some uproar in the United States at the time. But the murder took place more than a decade after that occurrence, and no one really takes this reason seriously.

He was one of the greatest proponents of world peace, harmony and fighting for the people’s rights. His influence was such that even the administrations of the United States, where he moved to from his native England and lived till his death, at the time were wary of his activities. His death surrounds mystery and controversy, with many conspiracy theorists considering political motives behind his murder instead of a criminal action of an angry psychopath.

But then again, that is what the world does to the people who talk about peace.

Offering him a tribute on his 70th birthday with a couple of his most iconic works, which remain to be the symbols of world peace and harmony to this day and will remain to be for all times to come.

IMAGINE (1971)

Written by: John Lennon

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Courtesy: Apple/Capitol Records

I still remember singing these lines for the Cultural Week Show held in 2006 at my University.

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE (1969)

Live Version

Written by: John Lennon

Everybody’s talking about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism,
Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, That-ism, ism, ism, ism
All we are saying is give peace a chance,
All we are saying is give peace a chance.

C’mon
Everybody’s talking about ministers,
Sinisters, Banisters and canisters, Bishops and Fishops,
Rabbis, and Pop eyes, Bye, bye, bye byes
All we are saying is give peace a chance,
All we are saying is give peace a chance.

Let me tell you now
Everybody’s talking about
Revolution, evolution, masturbation,
Flagellation, regulation, integrations,
Meditations, United Nations,
Congratulations

All we are saying is give peace a chance,
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
Everybody’s talking about
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary,
Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan,
Tommy Copper,
Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer,
Allen Ginsberg, Hare Krishna,
Hare, Hare Krishna

All we are saying is give peace a chance,
All we are saying is give peace a chance.

Courtesy: Apple/Capitol Records

Google were keen on offering their tribute to the legend in their signature “Google Doodle” way, triggering a chain of tributes on twitter, facebook and other social networking websites and discussion forums around the world.

The Words of Mahatma Gandhi

Source: Wikimedia Commons

In the past century, you can hardly find a person more charismatic and inspiring as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. His message of peace and humanity and his unfaltering devotion to firmness in truth (Satyagraha) and non-violence (Ahimsa) make him the most influential figures on a humanitarian level. Maybe not rated highly by the students of history as a politician, but anyone who reveres the sanctity of the truth and humanity, reveres Mahatma Gandhi as well.

His birthday, October 2, which is also the day of the publishing of this post, is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence. It was his message and education which inspired figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Lech Walesa and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Many people often wonder why Gandhi was not awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Maybe it was George Bernard Shaw who very aptly put that only a devil in the disguise of a man could come up with the idea of putting a prize for peace. How true! For souls like Gandhi, and in our times Abdus Sattar Edhi, no prize for peace is needed. In fact, it would be insulting to the work and mission of their lives. Peace is the prize itself. Let us not dishonor them by feeling sad that they did not receive an award for peace.

A few pearls of Wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi in this montage from the DVD of Gandhi (1982), one of my favorite movies, an epic biopic of Gandhi directed by Oscar winner Richard Attenborough, which could change your life.

For more Gandhi quotes, follow his Wikiquote page.

Albert Einstein offered his tribute to Gandhi in the following words.

“The generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked upon this Earth.”