Imagine a place with all dogs no humans
WRITE HAND BY AJAZ UL HAQUE
So the good news is that dogs will outnumber us soon. Where there is not much space left for schools and primary health centres, we need 250 kanals of land to have dog pounds. Why land only, we must open our homes, our rooms (and if possible our hearts) to let canines live a comfortable life. We must pool all we have to save these poor voiceless creatures from extinction.
Imagine Srinagar turning a dog's paradise with 20 lack canines by 2020. We have one dog for every 14 people at present and the ratio is fast drifting in favour of the the former. As humans plan their families, dogs go on breeding endlessly. It's all set for a revolution we are going to witness within less than two decades. Imagine a situation when with each person we will have one dog that won't let his fellow dogs bite him. We will have dogs as guards. If we are protesting today against the ever increasing number of dogs, will there be a reversal? Will dogs be protesting against the ever increasing number of human beings?
Take your imagination a bit farther. First the dog-human ratio will be flattened. Means one dog, one man. Then men will begin to disappear against the imposing presence of dogs. And then will be a time on this part of the planet when there will be no humans, all dogs. Let this be an imagination far too removed from the truth on the ground, but let's stretch our fancy to the maddest possible limit. Close your eyes and think about a real city of dogs.
There will be ministries of dogs followed by a bureaucracy and an independent healthcare. We will have separate offices rather a whole big secretariat incredibly `manned' by dogs thereby changing the very meaning of `manning' an institution. Then who will bite whom? Dogs humans or humans dogs? Simple. In the absence of humans we will save everything. Then there won't be any anti-rabies centres. No activists to fight for the rights of their animals, as activists unfortunately themselves fall into the class of human beings.
When tragedy dies, it re-emerges as as a farce. The same is happening here. It's been a lot of condemning and deploring the role of government and its hygiene maintaining agencies on this issue. Moreso we have been unkind to our animal rights activists who can see their fellow human being die of a dog bite, but can't stand a dog facing terror. They supply humour to this dry and dreary affair of life by doing some sweet sense-defying things. When all stand for humans, they show the courage to stand for dogs. They are a sheer wonder of nature. They have provided us with something grotesque to fantasize about. Dog bless them.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 1 Oct 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
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