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    This is the article in The New (Jang) today in Opinion. Read the excerpts:

    "....Every segment of our life is saturated with either Indian or western principles and Lahore is one of the most seriously affected areas. Localities that suffer a scarcity of electricity and hygienic water do not miss video rental shops. People who seem to be without the basic necessities of life like water, power and sanitation flaunt dish antennas on their terraces. Even the slums turn to the satellite or Indian cinema for entertainment.

    Those who don't have these windows of entertainment turn to music. Indian songs echo throughout the dingiest streets of town. Even on patriotic days like August 14, cars jammed from bumper to bumper on the Mall, blare out Hindi-pop. Shamelessly, I would say! The printed media is no better. They run after the scent of an Indian celebrity and exploit it to the fullest. If a popular personality happens to drop by, journalists hound him or her. The awe our society has for them is evident and crystal clear. Books and articles written by Hindu authors are read like the Holy Book. They are not perceived as insights into the enemy's mind but as better bits of reading.
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    The Hindu festival of Holi takes up its own colours in Pakistan. Basant, again a Sikh tradition, is upheld with utmost festivity. We plagiarise their movies down to titles and songs. Indian products, especially clothes, are considered a notch above our own. Our marriage ceremonies reflect complete Hindu traditions. The way we express sorrow, again, is less Islamic and more Hindu. This 'Indianisation' of our Islamic culture has crossed all bounds. This cultural aping has seeped in into every crevice of our life.

    While the Islamic world celebrates the holy month of Rajab, the pro-India pseudos of our society are painting rangolis on their doorsteps and lighting diyas in recognition of the Hindu festival of diwali.

    It's not just the media who is besotted. All governments that have remained in power, civilian or military, have expressed a fondness for Indian stars. General Zia's love for actor Shatrugan Sinha was famous in all quarters. He would delay inaugurations of important events in anticipation of Mr Sinha's arrival. Nawaz Sharif, in his tenure, bestowed such respect upon Dilip Kumar. He was invited to Pakistan and awarded a national prize. Not bad for the enemy!
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    In this love/hate relationship, all enmity bubbles to the brim when the two countries assemble to play cricket. Slogans are shouted, sportsmen are pelted with debris and stadiums are set alight. Yet these sentiments do not seem to represent those of our players. They love getting chummy with Indians. Imran Khan has always been a popular figure in Indian social circles. He frequently invites Indian performers like Sukhbir and Daler Mehndi to help raise funds for his hospital. Others like Mohsin Khan retire from cricket and feel more honourable serving the Indian film industry.

    In fact it's not just our cricketers who like to visit India. Our stars and starlets drool at the prospect. The pity is that they go, get trapped in the bright lights, and end up giving unpatriotic comments. You'll find our singers on their charts and our actresses on their stage shows. Artistes like Komal Rizvi, Adnan Sami, Ali Haider, Junoon, Shazia Manzoor and Najam don't feel successful until they've had their songs recorded in India. For them all, the grass is definitely greener on the other side of the border."


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    #2
    I remember reading this article long time back.Guess, it has been posted before !!
    Nevertheless, a real piece about real Pakistanis whose life extends beyond kashmir....

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      #3
      This is a amazing artical .....
      I have never dreamed of this kind of pakistan ....
      Simillarly in india u will find n no. of fans od nusrat fateh ali khan , gulam ali , adnam sani ....
      then why there is so much hate among themselfs
      He was a self made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.
      - Author on Cargill in 'Catch 22'

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        #4
        Pakistan is indeed a hotch-potch mix of people...like most countries. There will be many people who listen to Indian songs and watch Indian films, and vice-versa.

        I think this writer has gone a bit overboard in his analysis. Comments like "the pro-India pseudos of our society are painting rangolis on their doorsteps and lighting diyas in recognition of the Hindu festival of diwali."

        are clearly ridiculous. There is bound to be some influence of India on our psyche given our heritage, and the same is definitely true of Islamic influence on Indians.

        Anyway, as Indian culture wanes under the Hollywood barrage, maybe we will keep it pure to remind them what they used to be like.

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          #5
          We had a theory back in college -

          Traditional Indian culture in the future will not be found in India, but in the Indians in the West who reach for their heritage.
          The grass is always greener on the other side.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Mr Xtreme:
            Anyway, as Indian culture wanes under the Hollywood barrage, maybe we will keep it pure to remind them what they used to be like.
            If Taliban-ization of Pakistan is what u have in mind......you can have all the purity for yourself !!

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              #7
              Talibanisation Indian-style for you Chilli. that means Bal Thackeray bride burnings are just round the corner...

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                #8
                When are you guys gonna realise that Pakistani and Indian people are exactly the same. We share the same history. Don't tell me you don't have any relatives or family who were not hindu at some time in your ancestory. The entire area used to all be India or have you forgotten?

                The only enemies are the politicians and other people who try to encite ignorant people to follow them and take pride in their country by hating everyone else so much. Why does national and religous pride have to be accompanied by so much paranoia
                and hate?

                There was a time when everyone in the subcontinent got along peacefully. I don't see that happening anytime soon but it would be nice if it could happen again.

                What good could ever come out of a war with india? Who the hell is gonna gain anything? As always the innocents will suffer and the politicians will just sit back and get fatter.

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                  #9
                  Qupotes from the article

                  "The Hindu festival of Holi takes up its own colours in Pakistan. Basant, again a Sikh tradition, is upheld with utmost festivity. We plagiarise their movies down to titles and songs. Indian products, especially clothes, are considered a notch above our own. Our marriage ceremonies reflect complete Hindu traditions. The way we express sorrow, again, is less Islamic and more Hindu. This 'Indianisation' of our Islamic culture has crossed all bounds. This cultural aping has seeped in into every crevice of our life. "

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                  Why don't we look at it this way ?

                  Marriage cermonies and Rangolis are part of a culture not any religion and they have been there in Pakitan much before any religion ?

                  Indonesians respect their culture and they are no less muslims.

                  I guess our problem is, our leaders (with the exception of one) and intellegencia was responsible in trying to give us an cultural indentity, which is not ours. Now, we are neither here nor there.

                  Only Jhina would have had the guts to say, we do not have to be Arabs to be muslims, we could still be Sindis, Punjabis, Phattans etc. and be Muslim and Pakistani.

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                    #10
                    Pakistan did not exist 54 years ago. It is a very new political thought, an idea. Everything was India before. And for this thought we have been declared war on three times... It is a mear reflection of what we have expreienced. It is self defence aginst people who belive in uniting 'mother india' and thereby destroying our freedom. Being a smaller nation we have been atacked and divided. Dont you expect the pakistanis not to be bitter?

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                      #11
                      mr xtreme is right. the writer has stretched his imagination too far. it seems to be written not by an average pakistani, but by someone with extremists sort of concepts.

                      and secondly, its not the question of india's influence on pakistan, rather these are just the effects of world becoming a global village. actually this post just highlights the indian obsession with
                      pakistan. they are just desperate to devour their neighbors.
                      I'm cold seed, I'm your sweetest leaf
                      I'll ease your mind, I'll set you free

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