Why lose cool?
As if I was planning to kill Zubin Mehta
AJAZ UL HAQUE
Yes, as if I was planning to kill Zubin Mehta, shoot his band dead, and burn the organizers at the stake, the son of a prominent mainstream politician exhausted his steam on me. A poor unconcerned lad like me caught for something what someone had written or said. Fun apart I enjoyed a suave, soft-spoken, well meaning man getting unusually louder and harder. No worries, some hardness is required to hammer home your point. But as he went on, I was feeling like getting smashed on my temples - left and right. I wanted to respond and searched for my tongue. I tragically found it somewhere sinking down the throat. Rendered further optionless by a severe toothache, I chose to listen and he had his say. Unilaterally.
He spewed fire against (what he called a) so called civil society which doesn't understand how Kashmiris will be `benefited' by this grand event. Fury apart, his point was not all pointless. Sure, we have become incurable cynics who always suspect something ugly in anything done for us or done to us. Given my inability to comment on the event conclusively, I neither dismiss nor endorse, but I do respect his viewpoint. Well, the event is over and we had an avalanche of opinions about it. I have nothing to add and nothing to say as to whether his show was motivated or not. Music has been effectively (perhaps seductively) used as a propaganda tool by states in all disputed and occupied regions of the world. Was this piece no different or it was an event that made the host city go global. We had one group denouncing it as an `insult' to Kashmiris and the other calling it an `honour' to host a legend like Mehta. Answers not here as that triggers a debate bigger than the event itself, but what piqued me was a point made by the caller in the end. `Why don't we think of our children. Don't they have to move out. Should we keep them confined to their homes like chickens in a coop. Your child, my child, they deserve an exposure'. Good one. I wondered what `opportunity' was there for our children to avail from this state-managed (if not stage-managed) show. Done under a full security cover with guests mostly imported from outside, after caging Kashmiris, how can this spectacle have opportunities for our children. Either I couldn't understand under stress or I don't know. Or both.
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