Basant – to ban or not to

The Government of Punjab has conditionally lifted the one-year-long ban on kite-flying and the festival of colors; Basant, atleast temporarily. Under the new proposal:

– metal-reinforced and glass-coated strings are banned
– only cotton strings up to a certain thickness are allowed
– kites larger than 2×2 feet, that require a thicker string, are prohibited
– kite strings can only be coated with wheat-flour glue, dye and soft, finely-ground glass.

It was good news for many while for many others, it was not. This decision of the Government of Punjab was soon followed by the announcement of Basant festival on February 25th by the locals. However, all was not rosy when Supreme Court interfered and demanded a report from the Punjab Government over its decision to lift the ban.

What do you guys think; is it the Government that is responsible for not being able to control the lethal trade of manufacturing metal strings in the city or is it the people who have no regard for innocent lives?? And what about Basant? Should it be banned or not?

8 Comments so far

  1. iceCube (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    I suppose if things are kept within certain bounds, it should be okay. After all Basant activities bring in millions of Rupees worth of business to the city and gives people an opportunity to cheer up on a collective scale.

    The real issue I see is the lack of education among common people. The media/government/anyone-who-can should promote awareness regarding this so that the bad stuff could be avoided.

    Of course, this doesn’t happen overnight. The year-long ban is useful until people learn to control themselves.


  2. iblees (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 7:16 pm

    In other words, should we ban a tourist attraction or not?

    agree with icecube comments, whats required is to promote awareness and control/regulate the business. (like in most western countries, fireworks are controlled, you can buy but only from authorized dealers)

    Basant has one hell of potential to bring tourists to pakistan, i personally think, only basant alone can boost tourism reputation and revenue to sky high if controlled.


  3. Iftikhar (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

    I think that banning Basant is not a good idea. You wont be able to ban it anyhow. Wha we need to do it is make kite flying safe. The government’s proposals make a lot of sense to me. If they can implement them.
    OOOOO I miss basant.
    BTW, there is a good conversation on Basant and same topic here:
    http://pakistaniat.com/2007/01/06/basant-ban-supreme-court-bhagwandas/


  4. Sabyn (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 12:05 am

    YESssssssss, for tourism’s sake, basant should always be there. Ufff, dunya ke tourism kidher sai kidher puhunch chukki hai ….and they are making big bucks out of it.
    A game or festival should not be related with the loss of loved ones, so Gov. should strictly prohibit use of metal etc. We should make others aware of safety issues too and lets not forget other’s pains during our happy moments.


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  6. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    Much’s been said so far … For a day or two ban can be lifted for the sake of high revenues Lahori basant bring … but with strict implementation of banning on items you’ve listed here …!

    For last few years, people really wait for basant days so it’s becoming a highly engrossing festival why waste the festivity … let’s enjoy (but with safety in mind) for a day or two :)


  7. Raheel (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    basant should be celebrated in lahore it is not possible that lahoris will not celeebrate the basant festival but the thing to remember is that we perform this festivel in limits according to rules nad regulation nver use sharp or heavy threads or kites due to the some people who r responsible for its ban they get found and punished whomade such material which i s harm ful they should hang and on other hand due to the foolishness of some people it is not right that this wonderful festivel is taken away from all lahories so basant should celebrate but with in limits it is no ban


  8. SNAP (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    i dont understand why we are turning into an increasingly ignorant nation that just wants to have fun?.agreed tourism n all is important but there are a thousand other ways for that..do we HAve to promote one that is a huge inconvinience and puts everyones lives at risk?…we have our exams around this time n the light goes out so many times i wanna go out n wring every”basntiz” neck !…
    why cant we be more concerned about acting more responsibly to improve our status as a nation, rather than put a thousand peoples lives at stake for one day of silly fun !!



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