In rejection of pseudo-liberals of Pakistan – by Sarah Khan
First of all, let me express my full support to Saad Mansoor’s article in which he highlighted and rightly condemned the misogynist undercurrents in Talat Hussain’s op-ed on Angelina Jolie (published in Express newspaper).
However, what is most entertaining (but hardly surprising to me) is the whole array of opportunist (carefully apolitical) blogs, articles and comments by our pseudo-liberals that has very quickly mushroomed in condemnation of Syed Talat Hussain.
In a way, the pseudo-liberals’ reaction reminds me of Nadeem Paracha’s article “Meet the opportunists: Cultural dynamics of Pakistan fashion industry”, in which he writes:
But of course, this was/is a highly opportunistic class as well. Because the moment things started to open up, especially during the second Benazir Bhutto government, the second generation of this class of hipsters suddenly arrived upon the scene with their catwalks, guitars and what not because there was good money to be made. However, the moment the second Benazir government fell, so did (for a while) that hyped “cultural revolution” this class was chanting about from concert halls, catwalks, and award ceremonies. And since most among this generation of hip liberals were bought up in apolitical, tight. and compartmentalised elite environments by their prospering parents, they had no clue what had hit them.
The point I want to make is that we at the LUBP have published dozens of articles highlighting and exposing Syed Talat Hussain’s subservient attitude towards our saviours in khakis and his insulting attitude towards politicians and the elected government. We have clearly highlighted that this man is hand in glove with Pakistan’s military establishment in his campaign against politicians and the democratic government.
However, none of those articles were recycled, republished or referred to by the psuedo-liberals, who remain engulfed in their apolitical, acontextual class based ideologies and fallacies.
These are the very confused souls about whom Paracha wrote in another op-ed:
Within a matter of days, [they] will jump from silently watching the devastation of the blast on the TV, to cursing Zionists, Hindus and the Americans, to cracking jokes about Meera and eventually nodding in thoughtless appreciation the hatred and the accepted forms of psychosis spouted and exhibited by harebrained showmen whom we call ‘scholars,’ ‘analysts’ and ‘preachers.’
Indeed most of these bloggers who have today waken up to safeguard Angelina Jolie’s honour were only a few months ago busy in their colonial hangups about Meera’s English.
Meera’s English and our colonial hang-ups
Therefore, the LUBP will keep challenging not only the right-wing extremists of the Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba but also the confused pseudo-liberals who are equally responsible for the plight that this land of the pure is currently in.