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The Lord calls it “feebleminded, vacuous” and “lunatic”.

But he is being too kind to the insufferable drivel.

As such, the farcical post (where it has taken 30 comments for someone to point out the bleeding obvious lack of clothes on the emperor) does not deserve a full fisking, but this one particular line of idiocy merits a brief analysis:

Will we ever be able to think of Pakistanis as our friends, considering that we have been slowly brain-washed to think otherwise? (emphasis mine)

Short answer: Yes most of us can, especially if you aren’t daft.

But I also wonder if she meant:

(a) all Pakistanis – the military, the militants, the ISI included – are absolute innocents, and to view anyone from Pakistan with suspicion is solely the result of political brainwashing (on a scale that would make Goebbels proud) and not incidents such as December 13th, Varanasi, Mumbai or Jaipur;

or,

(b) if she is totally incapable of using simple common sense that dictates a person should be judged by their immediately visible attributes, without pre-conditioned prejudices, especially in the light of the good Samaritan action of the said gentleman.

Either way, the mind boggles at the provincialism of the attitude.

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PS: In the vein of the above statement, I wonder if I one could ask the following:

Can we ever think of Americans as anything other than oil-hungry war-mongers incapable of proper pronunciations?

Can we ever think that Indian males are capable of professing love in any manner other than singing and dancing around trees?

Can we ever think of Bongs as anything other than lazy, pretentiously intellectual, communist?

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PS2: The post did remind me of our fierce encounters with the Pakistani students on the cricket field during graduate school days in upstate New York (incidentally, we had a Pakistani guy playing for us) – eminently enjoyable stories. But that’s for another day.

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

May 15, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Posted in Rants

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  1. Heh. In my previous grad school, we had a Pakistani girl elected as the President of the Indian Student Association and the Pakistani Student Association had an Indian as the President. In the same year. You cannot make this stuff up. The self-righteous got peeved and amended the Constitution to match that of the United States. Only in the eligibility for electing President, that is.

    Patrix

    May 15, 2008 at 8:52 pm

  2. @Pat: self-righteous got peeved
    Must be one of the brain-washed ones 😛

    And you guys did not have a ‘South Asian’ Association 😉 ?

    BongoP'o'ndit

    May 15, 2008 at 9:45 pm

  3. @Patrix: But how did that actually happen? I would’ve assumed that only Indians could become members (forget Presidents) of Indian Student Association (and ditto for the neighbours). No?

    Vivek

    May 15, 2008 at 10:22 pm

  4. Bongo, no re…everyone liked their own organization. Only the Africans had one big umbrella organization. And they were mighty peeved that they were alloted the same per-organization budget whereas the Asians got similar-sized separate budgets. Fullto paalitics.

    Vivek, nope. In an U.S. university, any organization cannot have such exclusion rules. So once an individual is a member, he or she can contest an election. In this case, most ppl simply assumed she was Indian 🙂 Best popat evar.

    On an unrelated note, I was the President following her term. Nope, I didn’t indulge in negative campaigning. In fact, she ‘supported’ my nomination.

    Patrix

    May 15, 2008 at 10:35 pm

  5. Bongo sire,

    First of all you deserve our thanks for attempting this.

    I mean, the sheer stupidity is staggering. First of all, you are daft enough to believe all Pakistanis are terrorists and then meet one who tells you the direction and you immediately have your Eureka moment!

    And then if this wasn’t stupid enough, you actually post pictures like you are writing a comic book for six year olds.

    Patrix, Vivek,

    Minor correction: You can’t have exclusion rules if you expect funding from the university. No doubt, all organizations do but legally, if you have your own funding, you could exclude people you don’t like.

    Confused

    May 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm

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  8. @Patrix/Confused: Thanks!

    Vivek

    May 16, 2008 at 12:55 am

  9. There’s absolutely nothing wrong in a Pakistani being elected as president of an Indian students association.

    We can’t blame the kids for their grandparent’s faults, can we?

    Nitin Pai

    May 16, 2008 at 2:08 am

  10. @ Nitin : touche’ ;-p

    @ Bongo : I think what she’s getting at is your option a), but then, who knows?

    Partho

    May 21, 2008 at 9:19 am

  11. I can’t help but copy paste here this bad Paki joke from an e-mail forward because it’s so topical:

    A man is taking a walk in Central park in New York . Suddenly he sees a
    little girl being attacked by a pit bull dog.

    He runs over and starts fighting with the dog. He succeeds in killing the
    dog and saving the girl’s life.

    A policeman who was watching the scene walks over and says: “You are a
    hero, tomorrow you can read it in all the newspapers:

    “Brave New Yorker saves the life of little girl”.

    The man says: “But I am not a New Yorker!”

    Oh then it will say in newspapers in the morning:

    “Brave American saves life of little girl” the policeman answers.

    “But I am not an American!” – says the man. Oh, what are you then?”

    The man says: “I am a Pakistani!”

    The next day the newspapers say: “Extremist kills innocent American dog “

    Partho

    May 21, 2008 at 10:28 pm


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