no basant – no bo kata this year??

Looks like there will be no basant and ‘bo kata’ this year. Government of Punjab today imposed a fresh ban on kite flying. The latest ban came after Chief Minister met with parents of two little kids who were killed the other day (kite string cut their throats). Staying away from the debate that basant should be celebrated or not, to me this is a strange decision because of timing. What exactly is the point in imposing a ban just one day before basant? Keeping in mind that people have made all sorts of arrangements including purchase of expansive door aur patange (kites and strings) and even there are large number of foreigners in lahore who have especially come to see basant. Now it would be interesting to see how law enforcement agencies actually enforce this ban (I doubt they can).
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Source: Reuters

Basant over the years has become totally different from what it used to be 5 or 10 years ago. There used to be isolated incidents where people got themselves injured or killed falling from roofs or on roads trying to catch kites. But never had we heard so many people, especially children, getting killed like we have been seeing during last 2-3 years. Problem is definitely NOT the basant festival itself but the way we have started celebrating it.

I am all for basant (though I have my reservations about this year only because of earthquake). Otherwise Basant is a beautiful, colorful and cultural festival of lahore. Its a festival of common man, festival of people living in the old city who do not have many choices of healthy sports activities. For others, its probably a social event where they can show-off and celebrate culture which they dont necessarily have any clue about. Having said all that, I would also want to ensure that we dont risk other people’s lives just because we want to have fun. How can we keep the delicate balance?

In any case, its difficult to imagine my beloved Lahore without Basant.

8 Comments so far

  1. Haroon (unregistered) on March 11th, 2006 @ 7:27 am

    I am glad they imposed a ban on basant. It’s not Lahori culture, just a waste of money and precious life.


  2. Pindpunjab (unregistered) on March 11th, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    If i am not wrong basant has been celebrated in lahore for over 3000 years and now if anyone says its not your culture it is strange.
    Moreover celebrating happiness and bahar can not be against any culture.
    yes precautions should be taken to prevent any accidents but it is sad if celebrating basat is ban in lahore.


  3. Haroon (unregistered) on March 12th, 2006 @ 1:06 am

    >>>If i am not wrong basant has been celebrated in lahore for over 3000 years and now if anyone says its not your culture it is strange.

    Where’s the proof?


  4. Pindpunjab (unregistered) on March 12th, 2006 @ 11:49 am

    The ancient land of Indus, aka Islamic Republic of Pakistan, has been celebrating Basant for over 3000 years. Religions, invaders and rulers have come and gone, but the people of Indus, the stock that is proudly known as Pakistani in the modern world, have never stopped celebrating Basant.
    source
    http://www.chowk.com/show_article.cgi?aid=00001904&channel=chaathouse


  5. Pindpunjab (unregistered) on March 12th, 2006 @ 11:49 am

    The ancient land of Indus, aka Islamic Republic of Pakistan, has been celebrating Basant for over 3000 years. Religions, invaders and rulers have come and gone, but the people of Indus, the stock that is proudly known as Pakistani in the modern world, have never stopped celebrating Basant.
    source
    http://www.chowk.com/show_article.cgi?aid=00001904&channel=chaathouse


  6. usaf... (unregistered) on March 16th, 2006 @ 9:02 pm

    i am glad they banned the basant this time…because at basant many people die … n i dont think its right to put other peoples lives on stake just for ur own fun … n afterall … the whole muslim community is going through a very tough time with the publishment of picture of our beloved Prophet(PBUH), and that 8/10 earth quake attack…those people are still going through a very tough time…So i think its no time to celebrate anything but actually a time to sit back and realize what we actually are and invoke the actual meaning of being a Muslim


  7. what?????? (unregistered) on March 20th, 2006 @ 11:59 pm

    Some questions to think about

    •Why should we only celebrate spring? What about other seasons?
    •What is a Muslim’s way of showing happiness? CAN IT BE DONE BY INDULGING IN PRACTICES WHICH DISPLEASES ALLAH(SWT)
    •Can we celebrate a pagan ritual even though we do not believe in its original beliefs? What are the consequences?
    •Can the fun justify the cost (human/material)
    •How does it affect our enjoyment of our own festivals such as Eid.
    •Can such celebrations bring real peace in our country and in the world?
    •What is our responsibility in this regard?


  8. WHY&W (unregistered) on March 21st, 2006 @ 1:52 am

    It is Hindus part of Culture.

    Search for the following

    The Sikh Historian Dr BJ Nijjar writes in his book” Punjab Under the Later Mughals” that when Zakariya Khan (1707-1759) was the Governor of Punjab, a Hindu of Sialkot by the Name of Haqeeqat Rai spoke words of disrespect for the Prophet (SAW). He was arrested and was send to Lahore Court for trial and was given capital punsihment.
    For Hindus , Haqeeqat Rai became a Martyr.

    The day when the sentence was carried out was called Basant.

    SO WHY WE CELEBRATE?

    SEARCH FOR ANSWERS AND THEN ACT.
    DON’T FOLLOW BLINDLY



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