Ethics, where are the DAMNED Ethics?

I have noticed this quite some time back, frankly. Specially on Geo TV’s ‘Capital Talk’. Whenever the host (Hamid Mir, I think) would invite politicians to ‘discuss’ IMPORTANT issues, all hell will break loose. Contrast that from another episode of the same show where the guests are NOT politicians, and the difference was stark and very, very shameful. The other guests would, y’know, talk. Discuss. Heated discussions and tempers rising once in a while, but all the while ubiquotously following generally accepted norms of a healthy debate. And the ‘politicians’, and this applies strictly to politicians here as per my observation, when they would talk, they would re-define the word itself: talk would then mean talking all at once. Coupled with accustaions based on nothing but a hightened blood pressure!

Today, at about 9ish in the morning, I had the utmost pleasure of watching our illetrate politcians go at it with full gustow. The culprits were Maha Raja Tareen, an MPA I believe of the ruling party, and Ghulam Abbass, a PPP(P) representative. It was for the first time I had seen any of the two and it did not take me long to form an opinion about them. An opinion based on facts, on ‘eye-witness reports’ if you may, and the opinion is that both of the ‘politicians/public represtantives’ are complete and without a doubt JAAHILS of the highest order!!

Why such a harsh comment, you’d ask. And you’d be right, it is a harsh thing to say. But you had to see it to believe it. I would request BusinessPlus to upload that show’s video online for everyone to see that we are ‘ruled’ by illetrates. The host, Mubashir Lucman (hosting the show LUCMAN DOT COM) was smiling all the while, probably aware of the jackasses the two ‘politicians’ were making themselves. The host would dare ask a question to one of the two, and WHAAM… both of them would start talking, NAYY, SHOUTING… both of them would start shouting and on top of that, accusing each other. I swear upon Allah, I have not seen children even behave that way, and trust me, I have seen misbehaving children. Both of them, especially the ‘lady’, are a cOMPLETE DISGRACE to any and every Pakistani. And even to Muslims. Because it is Pakistanies AND Muslims that are representated, theoretically at least, by the ‘politicians’.

And the worst part, the worst of the worst part, is that it is not the lack of education that causes our politicians to behave much worse than the most uncivilized of people, it is the lack of ethics and your average good human behavior (such as letting someone finish his or her sentence, for example heh). Believe it or not, Mrs Maha Raja Tareen is an M.B.A. from the States (University of Wyoming). What I saw this morning on our local channel has just confirmed my belief that our politicians are not running the country, someone or something else is. They can not even talk, much less manage or dare I say, lead.

God bless us all. Aameen.

7 Comments so far

  1. Inspirex (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 1:43 am

    a cpl of days ago (i think one june 1) i saw Qazi Hussain Ahmed on the same show… was interesting to see how gullible these ppl are.
    Mubashir makes a statement, and these ppl retailate…and his words at one time where “aap yahaan mera interview karnay aaye hain ya hard talk karne?”

    what the hell was that? you agreed to be questioned infront of the media…thats why you’re there…tyen why are u geting ticked off??

    idioticity rules pakistani politics…

  2. Gadbad Singh (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 2:01 am

    You can not put all the Politicians in same category.And talking of bad beahaviour, just try to follow Lok Sabha proceedings or that of Japanese or Taiwanese assemblies.You at least have to be a blackbelt in some oriental martial arts to make your point there.I have the oppurtunity of meeting a number of politicians across both sides of Indo-Pak border and some of them are a delight to be known in person and a living and walking example of ethics, grace and mannerism (No buttressing intended,it is a personal experience).Afterall politics is all about winning votes and that comes only when you are able to win hearts which is only possible if people are influenced by the charisma of your personality, your leadership,persuasion and good public behaviour skills.Like our societies assemblies also gather all sorts of material from all walks and layers of life.Not everybody can have an Eton or Sandhurst background where other things apart from education are also taught.It all depends upon individuals own shrewdness and integrity to remain clean in the mud-slinging arena of politics.Any genuine old stager will never let himself to fall to any acts of disgrace or disrespect.
    We have all kinds of myseries,vices and mischief in India but still we sing
    “Saaray jahaan se achha,Hindustaan humaara” coz it is our identity,our pride,our home.Jaisa bhi hai apna tau hai.O A kaka culture bande di rooh honda je(both in manners and celebration)

  3. Ammar (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 11:49 am

    I’d like to ask all of you to next time view capital talk in a different light. Notice that when politicians are there, he needles them. Agar PPP ka koyee bunda kuch kahay ga that might suggest an affront to the government, he will pounce on that point and make a question that makes SURE it becomes an affront to the government. In my view the best program was when Raza Hayat Heraj was there along with a couple of other people and Hamid Mir did the same thing of trying to incite a fight, to which Heraj said “mir saab jo aap karwaanay kee koshish kar rahay hain woh aaj hona nahin hai” This put Hamid Mir on TOTAL defensive, he went pale and he was like nahin nahin mera kehna ka matlab tu yeh tha, i dont want you guys to fight.
    i dont care if the politicians shout themselves hoarse trying to defend their parties or policies (even if those policies are corrupt and misguided) what i do care is that showcasing illiterate politicians should not be an excuse for a military dictatorship.(which it usually turns out to be….u look at them and think man the generals are way better)

    And thanks Gadbad Singh, I was about to mention the indian parliament. They fight like animals but they run the country beautifully.

  4. momekh (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    At the end of the day, I for one could not care less if any country is a dictatorship or a communist or a democrat or a whatever. If one is getting what one requires in terms of ‘everything’ being filtered through the ‘broader’ Islamic Filter, then so be it. Monarchy, Democracy, Dictatorship. FOR THE TIME BEING, we should choose what works the most in practice, not in theory.

    @ Gadbad Singh: what you say is right as long as it taken for the ‘explanation’ of such behaviour. It perhaps makes the whole ‘debacle’ UNDERSTANDABLE, but by no means ACCEPTABLE. I have known the Indian parliament’s tantrums or the Japenese ‘Kung Fu’ government before. I have attended a Pakistani National Assembly session in ISB as well. I was dissappointed then, I am the same now. I CAN SEE WHY they are acting that way, defending their parties, thier motives, ‘playing’ politics, but this only means that I know exactly now and I can give reference.
    The moment I start thinking, or any of us for that matter, that ‘aah, its OK, that is how it is ‘supposed’ to be’ then we are all wrong. ‘ah, thats how it is, lets see how we can make the most of it’ should be the least ‘acceptable’ attitude, I think. All the while, knowing that the system needs to be constantly updated and improved as we move along, inshAllah.

    I hope I have made my stance clearer. hmmm….
    GodBless. :)

  5. momekh (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

    oh and Ammar, yes, you are cent-per-cent right on the Capital Talk thing. Media persons love to do that, this gives them more ‘mileage’ in terms of viewership. Kudos to Heraj Sb for not falling for it like almost everyone else. :) and thankyou for mentioning it in…

  6. illetrate (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 9:34 am

    I hope you see the irony when you spell illiterate as illetrate. twice.

  7. momekh (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 11:21 am

    Yes, it seems when I make the font bolder, it ‘pata nahi kaisay’ misspells the word. Otherwise, Allah ka shukar hai that I am perfect. :P

    Please note, I have already poked fun at a government website for wrongly spelling out the word ‘literacy’… although I personally have made mistakes in medium-sized printruns of marketing collateral; simple, silly mistakes such as spelling ‘attention’ as ‘atention’ and what not.

    You talk about noticing irony, I live it. The irony, the sheer weight of it. Or is it the ‘wieght’ of it? :P Like I always say, an ‘i’ is to ‘e’ what an ‘e’ is to an ‘i’. Tell me that made sense, tell me! :P

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