Red, White and Black


After the emergency…
3 November, 2007, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Pakistan, Politics

This quotation has been residing on my study table for 2 months now. Figured this might be a good time to share it:

Even the seemingly impregnable dictatorships can be swept aside when the governed refuse to be ruled. ( David Cortight, Gandhi and Beyond: Non-violence for the Age of Terrorism, p. 193).

hmm?

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nice quote

what i wrote on another board addresses this quote too

‘unless the masses take to streets this emergency will go the way of past emergencies’ or words to this effect:)

Comment by temporal

Something similar was discussed in the readings for Monday. One statement by Hannah Arendt goes, “Power rests on legitimacy and not on violence.” ‘How much does reality support this argument?’ I wonder.

Comment by sp

With a constitution – which despite all its inadequacies proved to be an anti-authoritarian instrument when in right hands – out of the picture, the politics of Pakistan is plainly about power. It is the People versus the Military. Who will win, only time can tell? But, there is no reason to be a cynic. Let’s hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

Comment by Vidrohi

Virodhi, I don’t know how to be optimistic in this case. It is the people against the military. It will not end till the people refuse to be ruled this way. But the problem is this: they will not. We don’t care. Did we see any mass protests on the streets on Saturday evening? Or on Sunday? People just stayed in their homes and watched the telly. Life moved on.

We don’t have structures to mobilise the common man. Our political parties are crap. We are in no position to defy the dictator. And so it will be.

Hope for the best, we will. But that hope is fast thinning. 😐

Comment by ayesha

Sp: reality will support that statement only when people are cognizant of that power that they have. If they are not, then it doesn’t matter squat.

Comment by ayesha

Well the quotation I thought most relatable to this whole drama was this infamous Punjabi one:

“Pappu yaaaar……. tang na kar!”

That pretty much sums it up for me.

Comment by Prophet Ali

Ayesha, you are correct that no one protested on Saturday evening and Sunday. The main reason, as I see it, was the lack of any proper leader taking the correct political line. The Lawyers had to wait inevitably till the Monday, i.e., tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the real test for the Lawyers’ Movement. Let’s not give up our hopes that easily.

Hum dekhein gey… woh din keh jis ka vaada hey…

Comment by Vidrohi

Virdohi, I picked this up from another forum:

his afternoon, about 50-60 peaceful protestors gathered outside the HRCP building in Lahore to protest against Musharraf and his emergency declaration. The protestors included prominent journalists, lawyers, academics and human rights activists. Within minutes the police surrounded the compound and arrested all the protestors – which included LUMS faculty members.

It’s been almost 8 hours since this arrest was made. The arrested individuals have been kept in unlawful detention all this while (FYI Model Town Block A Police Station). There is a huge group of people outside the police station inquiring after the detainees but the police has simply refused to answer any questions. There is NO way for us to find out what the present condition of the detainees is (these include almost a dozen females) and when they are to be released. It appears that they may be detained indefinitely.

Do you have any news on that?

but, yes. Hum Dekhenge!

Comment by ayesha

“It’s been almost 8 hours since this arrest was made. The arrested individuals have been kept in unlawful detention all this while (FYI Model Town Block A Police Station). There is a huge group of people outside the police station inquiring after the detainees but the police has simply refused to answer any questions. There is NO way for us to find out what the present condition of the detainees is (these include almost a dozen females) and when they are to be released. It appears that they may be detained indefinitely.”

I suppose things hv to get worse before they get better. My heart goes out to the common man who has to suffer the machinations of them powerful…

Hoping some good comes out of this… History is waiting to be made!

Comment by dazzler

No, Aysha. I think, pur news sources are similar. Few of my friends visited the Model Town Police Station but were unable to get any information.

Worry not! This is just the tip of the ice-burg. More arrests will take place tomorrow and we are up for it 😀

Comment by Vidrohi

Do you think we have enough soul left to start a revolution? we’re too comfortable right now…sitting in our air conditioned offices or homes with a cup of coffee and a broad band internet connection wondering how we can make difference.
kudos to those who’ve been jailed, im not afraid to admit theyre braver than I.

Comment by shezsays

Very nice quote.
We need people with a lot of heart & soul to make a change.

Comment by Saim Baig




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