Re­quiem for a dy­ing cul­ture

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

A AThe ar­ti­cle ‘Of Bas­ant, Blas­phemy and Bans’ can be de­scribed as an elegy of a cul­ture that is fast fad­ing and bas­ant was in­deed the most prom­i­nent el­e­ment of that cul­ture. I do not know who to blame for the ban on kite fly­ing – the ir­re­spon­si­ble people who use deadly metal­lic strings or the govern­ment that sees it fit to ban the en­tire ac­tiv­ity in­stead of tak­ing ac­tion against the un­scrupu­lous el­e­ments that make and sell these strings. Bas­ant was one of those fea­tures that de­fined La­hore and distin­guished it from other cities of Pak­istan.

While the ban de­prives thou­sands of an eco­nom­i­cal source of en­ter­tain­ment, it also af­fects a num­ber of small-time busi­ness­men as­so­ci­ated with the kite-mak­ing in­dus­try. I’m pos­i­tive that the govern­ment can en­sure a bas­ant fes­ti­val with­out any ca­su­al­ties at a frac­tion of the amount that it spends on hold­ing mean­ing­less events like the Youth Fes­ti­val. All that is re­quires is the will to do it. With Bas­ant gone, and the au­thor­i­ties least in­ter­ested in pre­serv­ing the beau­ti­ful her­itage build­ings and mon­u­ments, it seems eat­ing will soon be­come the most defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of La­hore and its people. Mchrunissa Burki La­hore, Pak­istan

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