G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Pakistan Doesn’t Need Supreme Supreme Court!

Dawn columnist Ayaz Amir said on November 2, 2007:
”… This rescue operation (for Pakistan) has to come from some other source, perhaps the Supreme Court. One clutches at straws that are available and in our reduced circumstances it is only the Supreme Court which is keeping the nation’s hopes alive…”

On November 3, 2007: “Embattled President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday night clamped a state of emergency in Pakistan ahead of a crucial Supreme Court ruling on the legality of his re-election, plunging the country into a fresh political crisis.

An eight-member Supreme Court bench immediately set aside the Emergency order which suspended the current Constitution amid reports that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who has been at loggerheads with Musharraf, has been asked to go.”

Courageous Pakistani press and senior judiciary are fighting back.

Lawyers are getting beaten black and blue reminding me of the scene of Dandi Yatra from film Gandhi. (Not surprising because so many lawyers were at the forefront of India’s freedom struggle! American image of blood sucking lawyer doesn’t quite hold in South Asia.)

What happened in India during Indira Gandhi’s emergency from 25th June 1975 to 21st March 1977?

In Kuldip Nayar’s words:

“…Nonetheless, had the Emergency not been imposed, the fallibility of the press, public servants and the judiciary would not have been proved. Newspapermen, in the words of L.K. Advani, began to crawl when they were asked to bend. The anxiety to survive at any cost became the key concern of public servants. Most of the judiciary was so afraid that it would reject habeas corpus petitions against detention without trial. The high priests at the SC, with the exception of Justice H.R. Khanna, upheld the Emergency and the suspension of fundamental rights.

The imposition of the Emergency exposed the timidity of Indian society once again. Its moral hypocrisy was reinforced. There was no awareness of what was wrong, nor was there a desire to act according to what was right. The dividing line between right and wrong, moral and immoral, ceased to exist. And the nation is still paying for it….”

My thoughts and prayers are with Pakistani people.

Poet B S Mardhekar बा. सी. मर्ढेकर has said:

धैर्य दे अन् नम्रता दे
पाहण्या जें जें पहाणें,
वाकुं दे बुद्धीस माझ्या
तप्त पोलादाप्रमाणें ;

(Give me courage Give me humility
To witness all that I see,
Let my intellect bend
like red hot steel; )

Like in the picture below, President Musharraf wishfully thinks Pakistan needs a kind of supreme supreme court! No, it just needs the existing Supreme court and Chief Justice Chaudhry.

Artist: James Mulligan The New Yorker 6 July 1957