Sunday, 20 May 2012

Old Tactics Losing Control

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan's honourary government banned Twitter for around 8 hours due to 'blasphemous content' being published by some people (who may be Twitter's out-of-bounds children, the way our authorities were trying to make it control those unnamed individuals). Funnily many tweet-a-holics didn't have a clue about any blasphemous competition going on on twitter till the government imposed the ban and announced the reason. Not surprisingly, after the uproar the ban caused, the micro-blogging site was back on. A real in-your-face moment that must have been for the IT minister (who, btw, has been trending in Pakistan alongside #TwitterBan, a short while after the ban was imposed).

But anyway, that's not the point. The point is what happened at the end of the day? People across Pakistan tweeted against the ban and condemned the authorities for being so dumb and stupid (again). If there's one thing Pakistani government can do best it is to help people find illegal ways to do extremely normal things by imposing a ban on them. A few years ago it was Facebook, banned for the same reason. Few hours after howling in pain and experiencing withdrawal symptoms, almost everyone was back on the site, uploading pictures, updating statuses and all the other useless and harmless things we do on Facebook, using alternate proxies. I really wanted to stick my tongue out at the Muslim government whose interior minister doesn't even know how to recite a basic Surah from the Holy Quran. But that is not blasphemous. Nope. Because it's a Muslim who's reciting his holy book wrong, not a Christian or Hindu or other such things. Interestingly, no other Muslim country expressed its outrage the same way. 

Social networking and blogging websites are the biggest platform for anyone to promote what they believe in. These sites help people communicate and unite under the flag of their similarities. For a country like ours, which lacks this very element, these websites can be a great platform for us to start and promote positive movements and emotions, only if our dear government let us. These sites are where we can share whatever's on our mind without caring about any damned authority. Why does this Muslim government of ours fail to notice the hundreds and thousands of pages on Facebook promoting Islam and its teachings in the most peaceful and tolerant way than any of our mullahs and preachers? If we want to condemn the sites for what blasphemous content posted by individuals, we should applaud them for holy and positive content posted by its users as well. Don't they deserve it? 

My message to the Pakistani government: it'll do us and you more good if you try to solve the violent war that is going on between religious sects in the country. You see, because in these not-so-online wars, people are actually dying with all the sensitive feelings they have for religion. And they can't even condemn you for it.

Friday, 4 May 2012

My Random Quotes ;)

These are some random entries in my diary which I came across today as I was flipping through it. There's no background to most of them, I just wrote the stuff because it was in my mind for some reason even I can't fathom.

8th February, 2012,
When I'm gone, there will be someone else, ready to take over my position. 

24th February, 2012,
While the future remains murky, the past seems insignificant, it's the present which seems important. So much so that sometimes we tend to magnify its importance. When those events become our past, we realise how little value they held and how magnified our reaction really was. 

6th March 2012,
We try to be rational by looking for answers to everything. What we don't understand is that sometimes things happen without a reason, they don't hold an answer. Or sometimes, the time simply isn't right for us to get the answers we want. When we don't get what we want, we react. We get angry, depressed, frustrated etc. and act in ways which doesn't really coincide with our self-imposed rationality. Thus forcing rationality on ourselves leads us to severe irrationality. Something we won't be if we wouldn't try to be rational. 

Later on the same day when I was upset and tired for some reason. I probably didn't have a pen back then because the entry says that I saved this in my phone and copied it later o_0 :

What happens when you work so hard for something, you strain yourself completely and nothing happens. It all goes unnoticed. I've learnt to NEVER make a big deal out of anything because in the end it really doesn't matter.
(I was probably listening to Linkin Park at the time, I'm guessing because of the last line. And it's all just talk, I didn't really learn the lesson I said I did :P)

5th April, 2012,
You only have problems till think you have problems. Otherwise it's just normal life, in a different disguise for everyone.

4th May, 2012,
Sometimes you just want to be wrong so you can prove yourself right.

I wrote them all as they came, without arranging or rearranging anything and I haven't edited anything even as I copied them here. So forgive any errors. Just thought I'd share them on my blog.