Thursday, August 10, 2006

A-A-A talk Pakistan’s parenthood

Amar: Sometimes in my head I confuse Pakistani history with Islamic history, and Fatima with Ayesha. Why is Fatima Madar-e-Millat? Given Jinnah was Father of the Nation, isn't that a somewhat incestuous title to give Fatima?

Akbar: You are right. When we were kids we used to confuse Fatima Bibi for Jinnah's wife because she was called Madar-e-Millat. She should be Behn-e-Millat.

Anthony: I thought Qaid-e-Azam means the Great Leader, not Father of the Nation.

Amar: Just because his title means great leader does not mean he isn't thought of and also called the father of the nation — says: Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. And his sister is the mother of something or the other, and of course poor Akbar and his fellow students are confused. Whoever hears about that ham eating champagne swilling low neckline wearing Parsi who was young enough to be the daughter but was the wife, and whose daughter chose to make a life in India than in her father's creation?

Ps: you may also wish to check out Imaginary Homelands for more examples of the creative rewriting of Pakistani history. And also The hilarious and crazy shenanigans of Pakistan TV.