Banning Basant

A while ago the Supreme Court banned Basant. Yasir wrote about it too….but they can’t stop an entire city of very dedicated kite-flyers from taking to their roofs, can they? I think it’s time for a protest, a court can’t just up and decide to stop an aspect of Lahori culture like that!! What’s next? Something must be done!!

27 Comments so far

  1. jrb (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 2:44 am

    i think banning basat is very good action taken by Supreme Court.

  2. Haroon (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 8:26 am

    I agree.

    To hell with Basant and kite flying. It has caused so much damage both in terms of human lives and monetary loss.

  3. SHAN (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 9:04 am

    Kites Kill!!!! FYI bassant comes from sikh culture not lahori culture, just got popular in lahore within the past few years.

    For your few hours of enjoyment, you risk the lives of so many innocent people. shame on you

    Pick up a newspaper a day after bassant and read how many people die each year from your selfish enjoyment.

  4. Balloon-o-Eight (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    I just heard Pervaiz Elahi talking about lifting the ban for a few days…

    Anybody knows what these guys are upto??

  5. Yasir (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

    Yeah, I read that too in the newspaper. They say there’s no ban on Basant (as there are some financial strings attached to it now), but the ban is still on during the whole year.

  6. Yasir (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

    Rejoice fellas!

  7. movie poster (unregistered) on January 8th, 2006 @ 12:16 am

    very good stuff, i ‘ll bookmark you to check time again.

  8. Noman (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 11:23 am

    could anyone tell me when Basant is going to be this year. thx

  9. Kashif (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 1:26 am

    when is basant anyways

  10. Yasir (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 7:12 am

    It’s not announced yet but normally in the second/third week of february.

  11. huma (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 11:49 am

    the govt’s saying it’ll either be on jan 29th or sometime in march [muharram’s in feb, so no basant then].

  12. Naseem (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 12:07 am

    celebrating basant is dangerous or can be i should say,but its a time for enjoyment,when every1 can just let loose and have a good time,its down to the individuals to take the responsability to ensure that no harm is done to them selfs and others,its a beautiful celebration and i think it should not be banned although any body selling or using chemical instead of “dor” should recieve the highest of punishment…

  13. Faisal sharafat (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    I am the biggest Fan of basant but this year Basant should be banned..atleast this year…not for the sake of fdamage but for those people who are living under no shelter else a thin layer of Polythene..YEs, im talking abut ppl of Muzaffarabad..The whole Muslim community around the world will spit on our faces..We need aid and on the other hand we are planning to enjoy…we are a helpless nation…

  14. N.Tariq (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 11:17 am

    There is hardly any fan of Basant (pala urant)festival, like me! But there is no better time like this to ban it. Thosands dead, millions without a roof and food from the eartquake of Oct 8, 2005.
    But the people who earn their living from kite-related industry should be helped as well. The Zila Nazim should take that responsibilty……

  15. N.Tariq (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    There is hardly any fan of Basant (pala urant)festival, like me! But there is no better time like this to ban it. Thosands dead, millions without a roof and food from the eartquake of Oct 8, 2005.
    But the people who earn their living from kite-related industry should be helped as well. The Zila Nazim should take that responsibilty……

  16. Looking for Fun Moments in this Fucked-up country (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 2:25 am

    Basant shouldn’t be banned, instead the asses of the government officials should be fried till they turn to ashes. These bastards have all the fun in the world in their personal residences but they they dont give a fucking shit about the recreation of the common person.


  17. Naveed (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 6:52 am

    I think Basant is a great festival and shows that people in Pakistan have a spirit and a passion. This festival should be publicized in world media, so it creates a lively image of Pakistan, and attracts foreigners to participate in this great/unique festival. This is not waste of money but a great business. If this is a waste of money then many other things are a waste of money (e.g. watching movies, while entertainment is a great industry and many peoples livlihood is attached to it).

    As far as people being killed by kite flying. I think more people are killed by road accidents every day. That doesnt mean that we should ban driving or stop people from crossing roads. It is just that people should watch out for themselves.

    By the way when is Basant. I am visiting Pakistan in Feb and would really love to fly kites after 7 years.

  18. B (unregistered) on January 30th, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

    The general should twist the courts arm to let the lahoris have some fun, after all this is what he does whenevr he needs, so why not once for peoples sake.

  19. CHAND (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 4:31 am


  20. Asouza (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 8:58 am

    This year was not a good year for Pakistan; many people died…and many are homeless because of the Oct 8th Earthquake. It would not be right to celebrate Basant…for this year at least.

  21. adnan (unregistered) on February 5th, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

    well i also love bassant but its not wrong also that it kills lot of people ,, the electric door should be ban as it damage the other thing ,,, i am living abroad just waiting when they will annouce that i can visit pakistant

  22. Fawad (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    Regarding Banning Basant. How many of you flew kites in your life. I do understand and feel very bad about the earthquake victims. but dont you feel people who run their houses by selling kites will also be hurt and they are more in Lahore than any other city In Pakistan….SO you are suggesting yes northern part but we should not let lahori kite retailers sell kites either… we dont have to celebrate basant to the fullest…but do not just ban the dam thing now..


  23. Tehreem (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 4:09 am

    Yea i like basant cause its awsum and i dun see the harm in it. People just have fun and its a time they can get together..its almost like eid only…..basant lol

  24. Jawaad (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    Basant is a good festival and should not be blocked because livelihood of many people are related to this proffecion.

  25. BUSHRA (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    my question is 4 those persons who said that we must celebrate bassant y w should celebrate?

    is it our culture???????????? no its not our culture y v r addopting the indian culture ?

    according 2 me we should not celebrate bassant b/c v r forgetting our culture day by day so y we called our selves muslims ? v r not muslims

  26. Shan Malik (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 4:15 am

    flying kites is good and basnat is good coz u get to see so many gals on the rooftops. This is the event that i have been waiting for anxiously. This is one in an year opportunity of this kind to have fun. I think this wouldb absoloutelty be crazy to even think of banning basant. We should all join in this event and enjoy if fully.

  27. Digory (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 4:31 am

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