5.2.08

Large Amounts dont grow on trees...

But sometimes they fall from them...

Some beautiful soul has purified his wealth and made a difference to the lives of the cyclone affected deshis by donating $130 million through the Islamic Development Bank. $110 million for rebuilding schools and shelters and $20 million for livelihood support.

In true class they have remained anonymous. Allah reward them for it and see to it that the contribution is best used.

There was an article written about desh recently, it made me quite angry as it was linking 'rising islamic radicalism' and 'climate change' to the survival of the country. Maybe the chap had a point but it was the cheap policy wonk points scoring nature of it that pissed me off most. Congratulations secularist lobby for playing up deshi fundoness.

Theres a part in the article where he figures that Bangladeshis are nearly always pro american, except for on the climate change issue. I guess this is because he's trying to play on his countrymen's heart strings. On the other hand so many Deshis in the states swallow the american dream thing hook line and sinker. They swallow it and try to spread it even when they are not in america. But my favourite snippet is his take on Islam in desh, 'just one element of Bangladesh's rich, heavily Hindu-ized cultural stew'. I guess its easy to see the kind of people he has been speaking with and the values they hold. This clique, which reproduces itself with aid money has to spin around observers to ensure its survival.

And thats the crux of the matter. No country ever rose on the back of anyone elses charity.

Oh, and i'm getting the feeling that Asma Jahangir of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is a bit of an annoying yaar type. She featured embarrasingly appalingly on BBC Radio 4's start the week programme with Andrew Marr last week.

2 comments:

Saif said...

I agree. The Atlantic article was pretty bad...

fug said...

sad thing about other people identifying ones problems... is that the natives beleive it and work from that starting point and make things worse.

Problem identification becomes an absent faculty.

In the gospel according to atlantic, apparently our issues are fundoness and climate change.

If these really are the central problems, then its natural that certain elements will be empowered by that situation. They know this and come forward with the 'right' vocabulary and credentials, knowing full well that they dont have the mojo to deal with it.

If they are not the central problems. Whats your problem?