An Open letter to Baby Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

An Open letter to Baby Bilawal Bhutto Zardari | PakistanTribeDear BBZ,

We wish you all the very Best with the upcoming Sindh Festival that you are organizing.

You are doing a great service to the culture of Sindh (at least you feel so).  The very place, where you intend to hold the opening ceremony of your festival, is a proof of how civilised life used to be here once. Over the centuries and especially over the past few decades, the quality of life of the people of Sindh has deteriorated- socially, economically, and intellectually. Although, in the midst of this all, the only thing that has survived is the culture of Sindh, in which all Sindhi’s take pride. Now that you (I sincerely assume unintentionally), plan on attacking the culture of Sindh, I as a Son of Sindh have a few innocent questions for you.

1. Starting from the venue of the opening ceremony, the Mohen-jo-Daro site is a UNESCO world heritage site threatened by erosion and more recently by your workers. PPP the ruling party in Sindh for the last 6 years excluding the previous tenures has done negligible work to preserve this historical monument. Some eminent citizens of Sindh have actually filed a complaint with UNESCO over the mis-handling of the site especially for this particular event (when non-technical staff were seen digging). With this attitude, this Mount-of-Dead is heading to its own death.

2. Secondly, these days all the major billboards of the Karachi city are occupied with your picture promoting Sindh festival. Starting from the top, the billboard states – Cultural “Coup”, really, “Coup”, Knowing the history of this country, and the fear of the general public associated with coups, is it the most appropriate word to use. Your maternal grandfather himself fell prey to one such coup which resulted in a national loss. It is shocking, that your vocabulary could not provide you with a more suitable word.

3. Thirdly, What has Superman got to do with Sindh or its culture? Let’s assume, the logo was used to make it look catchy, a better colour combination could have been used to represent Sindh’s culture. The traditional colours of Sindh are Red and Blue or Red and Black, represented in the Sindhi Ajrak. Using colour scheme as done by you can be directly associated with Justin Bieber and his fans but definitely not with Sindh’s culture.  Also related to this, I am hopeful that prior authorization was obtained from Warner Bros. for using the Superman logo. As a personal advice, rent Yves Rossy’s jet pack for the opening ceremony and thrill us by flying like a real Superman.

4. Fourthly, in the billboards, you are seen wearing a sherwani dress. Withstanding the fact, that Sherwani is associated with Muslim aristocracy, it unfortunately cannot be associated with Sindh’s culture or defined in any manner as a Sindhi dress. As the face for Sindh festival, a Sindhi dress (shalwar kameez, with an ajrak and a Sindhi topi) would have been an appropriate dress. It has come to my knowledge that, you had originally intended to do the same. However, at the last moment your advisors pulled you back from doing so. Similar objections were raised against your father for wearing a Sindhi topi. Sadly, he was unduly criticized for it, but with pride the entire Sindhi nation stood behind him and supported him. Indeed, to mark that horrific criticism, every following year since then, Sindhi culture day (Topi Ajrak Day) is celebrated all over the globe by Sindhi’s. (Feel sorry, to say this, but it was a cowardice act on your part to feel shy of being dressed like a Sindhi man).

Although I had several other questions (such as – Is basant a part of Sindhi culture? or is donkey cart racing a part of Sindhi culture?) but had to omit them due to space constraints. We wish you had advisers who at the very least had a bit of knowledge about Sindh’s culture. Knowing that Ministry of Culture is headed by Ms. Faruqui, one’s imagination is sure to take flight, on how well versed about Sindh’s culture, your other advisers would be; and how much more worse it actually could have been.

The people of Sindh are absolutely fine with you increasing your popularity in the name of Sindh’s culture and we wish you all the best. But, we also humbly request you to consider that the only thing that Sindhi’s have been able to preserve and keep intact is their culture.

Therefore, we sincerely hope in future you would not make fun of Sindh’s culture for your personal popularity gains. Wishing you all the best, for your not-really-a-Sindhi-festival.

A Mango Sindhi

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Omer Memon

Omer Memon is a lawyer by qualification, and holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law from London.

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