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Look before you sleep

Published Sep 26, 2012 12:29pm


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Amidst heart rending news, mind boggling protests and curiosity for the fate of the new PM, it is quite pleasant to know that Kareena Kapoor will embrace Islam after getting married to Saif Ali Khan. The Islamic world will be enlightened, with better aesthetics and the hope of seeing charming faces protesting against US "aggression" instead of the mechanically motivated Mullahs, inadvertently charged unemployed youth and frantically ignited lawyers. Not that the Muslim Ummah is devoid of charm, it is just hidden in the black robe which once put on, serves as a great leveler like death for all women (whether charming or plain). Women lose their conspicuous characteristics in the robe; there are most definitely some charming ladies who don't use this black robe and walk in beauty like a night of cloudless climes and starry skies but unfortunately they don't express the anger required to be measured as a protest against cartoons, movies, policies or opinions unleashed by the US or Europe.

Most of them are into NGOs which, you know, excitedly seek only two things: Happening (If not violence) against women and dollars from abroad in return for glamorising this happening. (Of course I am not talking about all NGOs). Those reading this blog are automatically exempt from this allegation.

By the way Kareena's conversion reminds me of the U-Turn PPP took on writing the wretched letter that paved the way for Mr. Zardari to complete the longest period in office as the head of a democratically elected government, though two vindictive journalists, who also happen to be foreign nationality holders, are still sketching a situation in which a lone airplane is waiting in some far flung area for the handcuffed Zardari going to bring back the allegedly plundered wealth from Switzerland. They further see some lists comprising the names of "unwanted" politicians being prepared somewhere, perhaps in their imaginary GHQ. The nostalgia of dictatorial rule lasts long and it is really hard to come out of the agony particularly when journalists start cherishing it.

They see, in the far deeper recesses of their morbid imagination, the prolonged rule of the provisional government, the government of technocrats, bent on bringing corrupt politicians to task. A doctor-turned-journalist has been using Quranic injunctions to substantiate the virulence against the resilience of Mr Zardari. Very few people know that both the journalists were staying in a hotel in Islamabad to meet Mr. Zardari a few years back. The journalist with the US nationality wanted to become ambassador, whereas the doctor turned journalist enthusiastically sought Zardari's kind eye. This is the same guy who would sing songs, sitting at Zardari’s feet, after which he rendered a high profile in state owned television.

Unfortunately, Zardari refused to meet both of them. The virulence turned against wrath and wrath is going to become madness – madness devoid of method.

I have no sympathy for Zardari if he does indeed suffer at the hands of those who are making lists, and if that does happen, one thing is for sure we would all plunge headlong into the abyss of political anarchy, violence and disappointment. Karl Marx says history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce. There are two hurdles in the establishment of any unconstitutional disposition: one, the judiciary and the other, the media but immediate history says both start following the line of establishment and both get carried away by the popular perception which is always a hindrance in reaching out to logic. Sympathies easily get closer to sufferings than logic. No media or judiciary can block the establishment of an unconstitutional set up.

The letter controversy has saved the PPP government from embarrassment on many a real issue. The judiciary actually proved itself the most friendly opposition for the government. Very successfully Zardari has kept the controversies alive for some smooth sailing. The trial of three army generals is another success, though these are wages of the extension. Revived relations with India, progress with Russia, cohesion with China and common interest with Iran has turned over a new leaf in our foreign policy. In the wake of emerging paradigms of a new cold war, we are required to take a firm and clear position. The PPP government has symbolically taken that position by relinquishing the approach of playing second fiddle to US strategy, though establishment will take its time to come out of the blind alley of strategic depth.

I feel really sorry for the journalists who are underestimating Asif Zardari’s political acumen.


The author is a TV producer, with a special interest in politics, literature and philosophy.



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maria Sep 27, 2012 02:57pm
Krishna Bhagawan (@KrishnaBhagawan) Sep 26, 2012 01:12pm
I wonder what would have happened in it was reversed, A Muslim man converting to Hinduism to marry a Hindu Girl in Pakistan. That would be fun to see.
punevision Sep 26, 2012 01:26pm
Thanks for pointing it out. No. I didn't realize that it was a sarcastic comment...will reread. At any rate, I wasn't aware of Kaeena's conevrsion plans...not that I follow Bollywood. I get a little perturbed when religion is brandished and probably thats why I missed the sarcasm.
NASAH (USA) Sep 27, 2012 10:11am
If changing religion is a prerequisite for the marriage among the equals -- why not Saif converts to Hinduism -- at the same time -- Kareena converts to Islam.
Heigh-Ho Sep 27, 2012 09:17am
"The author is a TV producer, with a special interest in politics, literature and philosophy." ...and also, apparently, the immediate future of other nations' plastic trash.
punevision Sep 26, 2012 01:00pm
Author is apparently very happy that his religion has a new entrant. I am hoping that she continues to be independent and bold girl that she is without getting weighed down by the responsibilities that come with being a Muslim. However, I don't see her protesting against US "aggression" anytime soon.
Reader Sep 26, 2012 12:45pm
Why should she embrace Islam to marry Saif...? Why a mixing of religion and love...? If Saif loves her, then Saif loves her for what she is...!!! Asking her to convert will be narrow mindedness, but again her will, if she does so willingly on her own that's a different story... I am ashamed to read this topic.
Sikander Abbas Sep 27, 2012 07:04pm
But not a practising muslim so please save it. He just have a muslim name and thats it!!! Same goes with all the Khans in the Bollywood.
md Sep 26, 2012 01:21pm
agree with you Halima. Punevision has missed the train of author's pun!
KKRoberts Sep 26, 2012 04:02pm
Brilliant !,,,,,,,Nice satire....Thought provoking.......Much appreciated,,,,,
Indian Sep 26, 2012 04:03pm
Obviously writer is being sarcastic here, anyway they are getting married in court which allows marriage between people of two different religion without converting anyone.
Slamic Sep 26, 2012 04:07pm
This is someone's personal comment and shame on to place it on front page.
Saladin Sep 27, 2012 09:39am
Absolutely Right. Instead of focusing on the 'sly' tactics that are being used by Mr. President, we should be devising and formulating solutions for the common man's problem.
tameel Sep 27, 2012 09:05am
Iftikhar Husain Sep 27, 2012 11:38am
We have seen the mullahs reacting on the woman tennis from India what will happen when the leading actress will change religion will be seen by millions in romantic scene. We have to wait and see mullah reaction.
kumar Sep 26, 2012 02:06pm
Funny, though. All the pakistani/Indian muslims are descendants of Hindus. So what is big deal if a dancer from India whose forefathers hail from Peshawar and marrying a muslim from India whise forefathers were hindus. In fact, 97.5% of the DNA of all pakistanis is hindu/aryan.
md Sep 26, 2012 01:20pm
who are those two journalists, author is referring to? any wild guesses!
Zimbo_Indian Sep 26, 2012 01:12pm
All maulanas will be happy because Kareena's conversion to Islam will ensure a better future for the poor children who are being "educated" in madarsas. It will also improve education levels among Muslims, make them more prosperous and peaceful.
hyat Sep 26, 2012 01:43pm
i pray for her best. Allah give her eman and peace and right path.ameen
RRD Sep 26, 2012 03:13pm
Why Saif can not embrace Hinduism?
abdul narayan Sep 26, 2012 03:10pm
I,ve heard a rumour that saif ali khan is converting to hinduism
Gerry D'Cunha Sep 27, 2012 09:25am
Zalim: its an honourable topic for the muslims in pakistan - after marriage she will convert to islam and will be welcome in pakistani society - saif ali please don't try the other way, you will be killed.
Menon Sep 27, 2012 11:26am
Who cares?
sharib786 Sep 26, 2012 04:11pm
it's sarcasm
farooq Sep 26, 2012 04:16pm
why is she bothering to convert? she should stick to what she knows best and not seek conversion as a religion of convenience. The whole thing becomes a mockery of religion. Is she going to give up her "masala" dances in bollywood after she becomes muslim.
Asif Khan Sep 26, 2012 04:20pm
The blog was more about cruelty of religious and media "Mujahideen" by teh way...Kareena is not his interest but two journalists whose hypocrisy is par excellence does interest the writer i suppose
DarKnight Sep 26, 2012 04:24pm
Please see something apart from religion......It has already caused a lot of mess all over the world (it includes all religions)
Zubin Sep 26, 2012 04:35pm
You are right, after reading this blog any one can say even commonsense is not common.
Truth Hurts Sep 27, 2012 11:14am
Oops, there you go wrong..... when you talk about DNA...... we are all children of Adam (A.S) and he was a Muslim.....
Krish Chennai Sep 26, 2012 04:47pm
Shucks, just see her in " Heroine ". There is an elderly Muslim lady played by the veteran actress Helen, who makes the protagonist undergo a spiritual transformation, when she dies. Yeah, die-hard Muslim types jn Pakistan will appreciate that particular finish.
Fahad Ashar Jalees Sep 26, 2012 05:06pm
trolls, trolls everywhere xD on another note, *slow clap*
plal Sep 26, 2012 05:08pm
Kareena is glamour girl and the moment she marries ,she will lose her diva position in heart and mind of her fans.And so It does not matter whether she adopts Islam as her fan following will dip and her stand on any issue will also have no impact.
Ani Sep 26, 2012 05:09pm
Don't be ridiculous. The article's supposed to be a joke.
Ani Sep 26, 2012 05:11pm
'Hope,' alas, I think punevision is beyond hope. ; )
Rao Sep 26, 2012 05:18pm
I am ashamed to read your comment, please read full article.
khan Ali Sep 26, 2012 09:21pm
Seems to me that author is very happy to see kareena kapoor getting muslim. At the same time he seems to me bit upset about womens wearing veil to cover their heads and faces. He was very happy by giving new of her religion conversion by saying that atleast now we will be having pretty faces to show the world during demonstration against USA. I wanted to ask that do you want to show your sister and mother pretty faces to the world either in parties or in demonstration or on television to let people enjoy and feel. I doubt about the author religion and character. Sorry.....
Surinder Singh Kade Sep 26, 2012 10:04pm
Why only Kareena has change her religion,why can;t Sail change his religion to Hindu.Or for the matter let them keep there faith and have a normal married life Surinder Singh Kade New York
malik Sep 26, 2012 10:24pm
The author is a TV producer, with a special interest in politics, literature, philosophy and converting people to Islam.
Salman Sep 27, 2012 02:49am
People missed the satire humour in this piece!
Azhar CHAUDHRY (Hong Kong) Sep 27, 2012 03:11am
Whether a sense of humor or seriousness.......It is not a mixing of love with a religion. Under Islamic law, marriage is null and void unless both groom and bride embrace Islam. Writer started with Kareena and blended the topic with Zardari's curent affairs. Kareena must have considered embracing Islam before she decided to chose Saif to be her life partner. Best of luck to both and dua for their happy eternal life. Ameen!
yusuf khan Sep 26, 2012 01:41pm
Suppose the marriage flops _ which is most likely, then will she continue to remain a Muslim. My point of view in saying this is that such people make conversion to another faith a way of covenience instead of conviction. There is no dearth of such people the world over. Any faith has either been imposed upon us by being born in a family or making some purpose (like marriage) convenient. Most Islamists insist on more number of Muslims rather than Muslims with right following and conviction, thats why we find all the ills in its followers.
Dad Sep 27, 2012 03:31am
To convert or not is her personal affair, please leave her alone and mind your own business
Ali Sep 27, 2012 03:35am
For Your Info she is not converting to Islam.
Eraj Sep 27, 2012 03:45am
Calm down Reader, it was intended to be a joke! Sheesh.
Sridhar Sep 27, 2012 03:58am
It is amazing how one cannot see the tongue in cheek commentary by the author regarding our skewed priorities in the society. It is only the cowards, narrow minded and people without vision that make a mountain out of mole hills, and distract the public attention toward such non-news as Kareena converting to Islam. Just in case some do not get it, Saif becoming a Hindu or a Christian or Buddhist equally a non-news given the insurmountable problems our societies face.
I. A. Siddiqui Sep 27, 2012 04:10am
The writer is overestimating Mr. Zardari's political acumen, as what ever tHe President of Pakistan has demonstrated in the name of politics is sheer fraud, pack of lies and doling away national wealth in the name of reconciliation. If any body calls this as politics, he is suffering from compulsive disorder.
Halima J Sep 26, 2012 01:03pm
I do hope you see that the author is also being totally sarcastic.
Raman Sep 27, 2012 04:32am
Kareen matter only sarcastically touched upon to start the write up about Zardari's political acumen!!!!
ahmed41 Sep 27, 2012 04:34am
I agree 100% : "----Why should she embrace Islam to marry Saif
Asad Sep 27, 2012 05:13am
Is this article supposed to be dark comedy? Whatever, its useless.
saythetruth10 Sep 27, 2012 05:38am
Most of the marriages are made for Bollywood with some twist and masala. These marriages fail miserably because when you merry for a wrong reason divorce is the only ending. THE END.
Common Sense Sep 27, 2012 05:48am
Not only sense of humour but also common sense is not very common thesed days among common men!
Saeed Sep 27, 2012 09:04am
This is a philosophical but not a focused article. There is no clear message.
maverick Sep 26, 2012 01:49pm
Yes the author is being sarcastic, Kareena is not converting and Saif has said that both will retain their religion and unlike Sharmila there will be no conversion in this case. They are comfrtable with each other irrespective of faith, and thats how it should be.
haris Sep 27, 2012 03:32pm
How is it so pleasant to hear that Bollywood star is embracing Islam? As a Muslim, I rather felt much more pleasant when I read in the news that "Daniel Streich", a swiss politician who initiated the nationwide campaign for the ban on the construction of new minarets in Switzerland has embraced Islam and vowed to devout his remaining life towards the development of his newly embraced religion.
Mohiu Sep 27, 2012 03:56pm
For all the people not understanding the point of bringing in karina.. It's for the sake of sarcasm and social criticism, I do a free that the article lacks focus.. But it is still well written and presents facts that people choose to ignore..
Frenzy Sep 27, 2012 10:01am
G.A. Sep 26, 2012 01:23pm
@punevision- You sound agitated and defensive. Relax. It's only sarcasm.
Ayaz Shahwani Sep 27, 2012 05:42pm
well said :)
Aamir Sep 27, 2012 06:12pm
Good one, Sanjay.
YA Sep 27, 2012 11:49am
Saif Ali is a Muslim! :P
Riaz Sep 27, 2012 12:45pm
Only time will tell who is on the path of truth.
Shahid Sep 27, 2012 12:58pm
Who cares for any politically motivated message but the article is very well written, Bravo!
Muhammad Farooq, Canada Sep 27, 2012 02:10pm
I love humor and i love those who have sense of humor. But sometime humor is misplaced as is in this case. The question of conversion should not be joked about or mocked on nor the matter of veil - it is all a matter of personal choice, yes you can always quote freedom of speech First Amendment bla bla; again the question is what is appropirate what is not in our society in our culture in our religion. As a matter of personal choice I shall not make a joke of KK's intention to embrace Islam. Zeeshan FYI I m not a mullah or a conservative. As to Zardari Saheb I have yet to find a politician in the history of Pakistan who has played his cards so well. He is unbeatable by any standard.
ali abbas Sep 27, 2012 02:11pm
with all due respect, did you read the article?
Bhushan Patil, India Sep 27, 2012 02:32pm
Ali Sina Sep 27, 2012 05:59am
Because if you want to marry a muslim, man or women you should convert, according to Islam. Conversion to Islam is a one way street, you can go in, but you cannot come out.
Jpy Sep 27, 2012 06:11am
This is entirely false news for pleasing the mullas of Pakistan. She is not going to convert to Islam. Saif has clarified that she will continue her religion even after marriage
SAK Sep 27, 2012 06:16am
Very cleverly written blog. A mention of Indian film actress could be a crowd puller to your blog Mr. TV Producer but the fact remains that your political affiliation and inclination is quite evident. Beside praising the political wizardry of Zardari, I wish you would have mentioned a few things done by the present government for the welfare of the common pakistani but you could not because there is NONE. I believe It is the time for media to change for good too, "Talk about common pakistanis and not just play for the power gallery". You mentioned about a journalist sitting in Zardari's feet but it appears that you are not any different buddy. Take care.
Fading Light Sep 27, 2012 06:21am
These days Stars live in controversies which keep them under the limelight. Kareena is an aging beauty. By marrying Saif she will not only secure her future with a handsome wealthy husband but also converting to Islam she will generate some controversy which will keep her shining in the galaxy.
Zalim Singh Sep 27, 2012 06:42am
a shameful topic.
jd shami Sep 27, 2012 07:02am
I do not understand Pakistan is in turmoil, has no economy, killings every where AND you Dawn is interested in Indian actresses. Shame on you the, editor and ur Dawn crew. On Gods name, talk about Pakistani issues, do not glorify India please.
bpshah Sep 27, 2012 07:17am
I agree that sense of humour is not so common these days.
Sameer Sep 27, 2012 07:29am
Obviously Kareena is not what she's trying to portray, the topic is actually not about Kareena it's more about Zardari. Kudos to the author for being so bold and blunt.
Omair Sep 27, 2012 07:44am
Shishir Rai Sep 27, 2012 04:05pm
I m a hindu and this article shows how mean the writer is towards religion. Kareena kapoor is hindu and want to marry Saif ali khan whose father was a muslim and mother hindu. Its not the matter that she is marrying islam. She loves a person and ready to accept his religion for getting his love. It shows love is strongest force in world. Anyone should be free to love and accept any religion which he likes.
rehan Sep 27, 2012 07:09am
Humorous or not , the question is what is the *point* of the article ? Kareena exits after the 2nd paragraph as her conversation reminds the author of a PPP U-turn . The article goes in a different direction from thereon. The first two paragraphs are rather pointless and seem to serve no other purpose that to hook the writer in a rather clumsy manner as pot shots at religion are always welcomed by pseudo-intellectuals
Rumor Monger Sep 26, 2012 11:46pm
You know what I heard? (**pronounced: U NOOOO what AAAAEE heard!!!!**) I heard the Saif is embracing Hinduism!!
Tarik Sep 27, 2012 12:12am
I meant to say "converting to Hinduism."
laugh Sep 27, 2012 12:15am
Saif is converting into Hinduism to marry Kareena
John Farnsworth Sep 27, 2012 12:44am
Not sure what the fuss is all about. A person should be allowed to choose and change his religion as many times he or she wants. Its a personal thing. I am a Christian and a Buddhist at the same time, and I dont have any problem with that.
lodhi Sep 27, 2012 08:36am
Those who have a good sense of wittiness,humor and satire would enjoy this article a lot.Writer has spelled out what type of people come on the roads to protest, (in a humorous style)He has also used satire to explain how cleverly Zardari is playing his cards to survive against all odds.
amna shahnawaz wasif Sep 27, 2012 08:39am
bravo !! if shes accepting Islam ...lets c till when
Zalmai Sep 26, 2012 01:10pm
Kareena is not converting to Islam, this report is bogus. Saif was interviewed about this on Indian TV and he unequivocally stated that she is not converting.
Adam Sep 26, 2012 06:08pm
Muslim men can marry non-muslims so why not the muslim woman? The woman will rise one day soon.
True Pakistani Sep 26, 2012 06:09pm
- do you, the blogger, mean that there aren't enough trouble makers as it is, that we need one more/
Aban Sep 27, 2012 01:51am
I did enjoy the article but like it or not the attraction was Kareena. Very well written article unless one is really looking for the future of Kareena and Saif. Why somebody could be ashamed...probably
Yawar Sep 27, 2012 02:07am
Dont you see its a joke
temujin reddy (@temujinreddy) Sep 26, 2012 05:27pm
Kareena or anyone converting to islam or saif converting to hinduisam is a right under indian constitution and totally personal decision. I am proud that it can happen in india. You dont have to be a mulsim to talk against US aggression, India has been a buffer even before pakistan against aggression of the west on smaller countries.
Umair Ali Sep 26, 2012 05:39pm
Sorry but I am more ashamed to read ur response. If you are a Muslim than u must know that their are some rules and regulation in Islam. And if you are non-Muslim than I would suggest to get knowhow of Islam Lets leave this apart- Talking about this article , author is trying to be witty which I dont knw why on earth ppl like u are unable to understand ...
baakhlaq Sep 26, 2012 05:48pm
I just feel like crying after reading the article, neither it is humorous nor sarcastic nor informative and lacks clarity.
Aziz Sep 28, 2012 07:32am
Brother Rao, Well stated 'before Kareena Islam, Saif should do that'. They need to come out of their make believe celluloid (should I say digital) world first and act like ordinary human beings. Religion is not acting. It is feeling for fellow humans and the divine. One must experience it first with humility before asking others to share it.
manghirmalani Sep 26, 2012 06:54pm
I am totally ashamed
Sanjay Rao Sep 27, 2012 12:31pm
I agree the article is not about Kareena. Still there is nothing to be proud or happy about someone embracing a religion. Unlike Pakistan, most Indians do not follow any religion. They embrace all faiths or no faith. Before Kareena embrace Islam, Saif should do that.
deep Sep 26, 2012 06:49pm
She will convert because there are considerable property issues. Her mother in law also converted.
Sandip Sep 26, 2012 07:32pm
I heard Saif is becoming Hindu. What do you think about that? Guess it will make big cracks in the wall of Islam. Saif and Kareena are more ahead of religious game and don't think they care. Its people like you and me who cares.
Khalid Sep 27, 2012 12:05pm
how horrible
friendly neighbor Sep 26, 2012 08:03pm
Sir i suggest you read the blog past the opening line too. it may help you understand better.
Qaiser Bakhtiari Sep 27, 2012 12:38pm
I really hope that people at Dawn realize that plastering pictures of Bollywood half wits on their new site does not raise standards. Actual investigative journalism does. Now wouldn't it be nice that articles about local artists and their stories were published in Dawn as regularly as pictures of Katrinas and Meenas
Jayakumar Sep 26, 2012 08:41pm
Such topics could b discussed in some local newspapers,it undermines the standard of The Dawn !!!!!!
Haider Sep 26, 2012 08:50pm
its sarcasm guys! the author is not saying that she is actually converting. get a life!
Hippo Crite Sep 28, 2012 04:04am
I meant "True"
H L Sep 26, 2012 03:24pm
Nice work.
Mantu Sep 26, 2012 02:10pm
Isn't a good move by Kareena ? I think this move will bring some boldness to ultra conservative Islam .Kareena may embrace islam to experience a new era , but Shall Islam embrace Kareena ? My meaning of Kareena is different here , It is about modernity..............LOL
Zubin Sep 26, 2012 02:32pm
Dear Author, Insignificant to the fact what she does after marriage it
Saeed Sep 26, 2012 03:41pm
A disjointed article, the author is as confused as the nation.
Asif Khan Sep 26, 2012 03:54pm
This is a satire. So, take that with a pinch of salt. Most likely she is not converting, but who cares anyway? That's not the crux of the article.
iqbal Sep 26, 2012 03:51pm
Reading at the responses, i see the sense of humor is not so common these days :)
Baba sidni Sep 28, 2012 12:34am
After looking at the picture, you were looking for the message?
Baba sidni Sep 28, 2012 12:31am
Hey, we like it.
Mansoor Sep 26, 2012 02:22pm
haha. the sarcasm is very subtle , maybe some can't understand it... Nice article by the author
mOHINDER SANDHU Sep 26, 2012 02:23pm
i have no idea, where did writer got his information that kareena is going to change her religion.Saif is no practising muslim,his dad was playboy of his time.On other hand kareena is no practising the religion do not play any important part in their life's, so how will changing their religion will matter.I don't think this will ever happen.