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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Disgusting, na?

Qaéd ki sab bay∂iaañ toot chüki haeñ .... magar
Zahn hae ab tak ghulaam, daykhiay kab tak rahay!

Hamd, Naat, Manqebat. This is traditional order: God, Prophet, Hazrat Ali (and, often, one of the Sufi Saints), at Qavvaalis and Sama'a mehfils. To this list sycophants added Qaseedahs, to please kings, governors, local officials, and whosoever's boots needed licking.

And now we have the ultimate bit of bootlicking! I can't believe that this was done at the Government's behest (grant them some sense, guys!) but think this was, more than likely, put in only to put the President into an embarrassing position. Either the guy who edited the book is the culprit - or some other chappie swung it past a dimwit Editor who missed the hidden message. Whichever way this happened, we quickly need to get this shit out of the books or it'll hit the fan. Originally posted on Dec 4 [7.17 PM] ... but ... THIS JUST IN!
Veiled ode to George Bush deleted from Pakistani textbooks Alex Kumi Monday December 05 2005 The Guardian At first sight it is little more than a poetic polemic about the virtues of an effective leader. But a poem has been removed from school textbooks in Pakistan after it became clear that the first letter of each line spelt out "President George W Bush". Penned by an anonymous writer, The Leader embarrassed education officials in the country after it found its way into an English textbook for 16-year-olds. The revelation is likely to embarrass Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf, who has been criticised at home for taking what has been perceived to be a pro-American stance in supporting the Bush administration's so-called war on terror. An official working with the Pakistan Education ministry told the Times of India: "We have decided to delete the poem from the book, published by the National Book Foundation, and prescribed for federal board students." 
It will be stretching the matter too far to assert that the poem was inserted in the book deliberately to enumerate the qualities of President Bush. An investigation has been launched to find out how the work was not spotted by the committees which censor the content of textbooks. It was first printed in A Textbook of English last year after the Pakistani government took the decision to deregulate the publication of textbooks.
So, I guess the shit did hit the fan!

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