Requiem for a dying culture
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