Maids, servants and pets not allowed

Published Nov 08, 2012 12:05am

THIS refers to Irfan Husain’s column ‘Rise of the urban wadera’ (Oct 20) in which he has raised the question of arrogance and pride in urban elites which is on the rise. We also witness this in every walk of life.

Pride is strictly forbidden in Islam. Elites consider themselves above everything.

During our school days we had read that the British used to place a notice on all high-class restaurants and clubs, saying: “Indians and dogs not allowed”.

I was shocked to find almost a similar note of two lines on the entrance of one of the clubs in the Defence area which warned the elites:

Maids and servants not allowed inside the restaurant. Pets not allowed inside the restaurant.

Does any difference exist between the notice placed by the British then and by the administration of the club now? They tend to equate maids and servants with pets. The British were masters; they had conquered India and behaved like masters. But what right does any Pakistani have to disallow fellow citizens the entry to a public place or to consider servants and maids as pets?

The beating of Irfan by the security guards of the daughter of the Punjab chief minister as pointed out by Irfan Husain is a routine matter in our country. The elites consider their servants and maids as their property and disgrace them using abusive language. In many cases, young children are employed to take care of the infants of the owners while their salary comprises only food and that too leftovers.

The less privileged class of this country has no rights. Mr Husain has pointed out that a peon or a security guard is supposed to carry the briefcase of the ‘Sahib’ and to open the door of his car.

This culture of arrogance and pride and practice of disgracing the less privileged class will never come to an end till we keep on placing notices on the entrances of clubs and restaurants that maids, servants and pets are not allowed inside.

AAMIR AQIL Lahore

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Comments (20) (Closed)


BEA
Nov 08, 2012 05:12pm
This is shocking Maids not allowed thsi will not work for me who else will order my food for me.
Syed Ahmed
Nov 08, 2012 05:43pm
Maid should be allowed in the resturants / clubs only when she dines with the family and sits on the same table and eat same food. Same should be true for the pet.
manomoni
Nov 08, 2012 08:36am
Apartheid of another kind..What a shame!
annuu
Nov 08, 2012 02:06pm
These were the similar conditions that caused the French Revolution, and many other revolutions. A time will come when these people will rise.
waseem
Nov 08, 2012 03:06pm
whatever this means...and however related to the subject
Ahmed j
Nov 08, 2012 11:38am
This is Apartheid in a so called Islamic society. I also blame the families and people who bring these maids and servants. It is their religious duty to give them same food and same clothes what they wear and eat. Why can't they make the servant sit on the same table with them. Shame on such a hypocrite society.
razzy
Nov 08, 2012 07:52pm
Watch the movie 'Gandhi' by Richard Attenborough - there's a telling scene there when some key revolutionary leaders meet at Jinnah's residence - while Jinnah rails against the Britishers during the discussion on how to win 'home rule' as they referred to independence from the British then, and says 'I would rather be ruled by an Indian terrorist than a Britisher...' Gandhi notices his Butler (who is an Indian) standing in the dorrway with a tray carrying the tea service for the guests, waiting to enter. Gandhiji says nothing in response to the discussion happening all around him and proceeds to take the tray from ther butler's hands (who is stupefied) and starts serving the tea himself - when Jinnah sees that he jumps up and says' 'allow me, please', Gandhiji continues serving and asks Jinnah 'what is home rule, replacing the British Masters with a few lawyers in Delhi and Bombay?' ....I found that so insightful and truly indicative of where our society is today. Can a poor person in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh truly say they earned 'independence'? Independence from what - for all we know, they might have been better off under British rule- at least there wasn't so much corrupton in all walks of life.
malaydeb
Nov 08, 2012 06:51am
The idea of a class less society is plain utopia. But that doesn't mean people can be respectful of others. In this case, the same objective could have been attained by a simple notice like, 'Only members are allowed'.
Faraz
Nov 08, 2012 05:36am
Extremely true and extremely disheartening. I agree with the writer. I too am a member of one of the club in DHA where there is a waiting area for maids and servants. Its a shame really why they cant enter a restaurant even if dressed accordingly (leather shoes and collared shirts). But then the clubs cant help it either coz theres a member non member issue and at the end of the day they are a profit making business that has to satisfy customers. The elite now becoming tribal lords of urban areas is spot on. What hurts the most is how these elite families are ruining their coming generations by giving their children all luxuries yet imparting no values, morals or ethics. I can bet my life that these parents will curse their own children one day. As a Pakistan I have lost hope and although there is not a ounce of doubt in my heart that we should pray for the betterment of those mislead, for some reason, I just want to curse them and see them punished.
Naeem
Nov 08, 2012 04:53am
Go to Sukh Chayn health and wellness club's cafe in Lahore and you'll find the same sign. Shocking but true
snq
Nov 08, 2012 03:34am
certainly agree!
BEA
Nov 08, 2012 11:10pm
well next time you pay this place a visit i suggest you take it down, make a stand.
Ali
Nov 09, 2012 12:52am
True but unfortunately we can't do anything until judiciary keeps protecting Noora league. Lahore bakery case should have been taken suo moto similarly in Asghar khan case Noora league was fully protected. Well done Arsalan Iftikhar. Now it's easy anyone can do anything and then contact Arsalan and arrange a Monte Carlo holidays for him that's it
Saqib
Nov 08, 2012 10:23am
I beg to defer with the author of this article. This is not only the mentality of the rich and elite. Take for example what happens with religious minorities in this country. It is not the rich and elite who do that , infact the rich and elite support their cause, it is your every day un-educated person who is involved with those actions. The problem that you are referring to has nothing to do with social classes and more to do with the education levels of the citizens of our country.
Cyrus Howell
Nov 08, 2012 10:06am
"The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those who blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves." -- Dresden James
Rattan(Sydney)
Nov 09, 2012 07:38am
only members allowed - minus their servants and dogs(would be ideal)
zafar Iqbal
Nov 08, 2012 09:10am
wadera mentality will never end .No matter in which era we live in
n.qureshi
Nov 08, 2012 07:15pm
as a pakistani,i am sorry to say we are one the most racist people in the world.
Shameema
Nov 08, 2012 11:13am
The whole idea behind a British colonial club is that it is a sort of escape from the ' riff raff', animals, servants, children and women too. As Groucho Marx said ' I wouldn't join a club that would have me as a member! '
observer
Nov 08, 2012 02:16pm
These clubs should be done away with and buildings used for better pursposes. Colonial days ended in 1947.