Sunday, August 10, 2008

Today's Links

I am frightened of many things. Talibanisation scares me. Altaf Hussain urging kids to arm themselves to fight Talibanisation is another. Back in the late-80's, Altaz advised Muhajir teenagers to sell whatever they had to buy guns to fight the Sindhi menace. And we all know how that turned out.

At a time when no country wants to tour Pakistan do we really want to go out of our way to insult the Kiwis?

Pakistan’s one-day series against New Zealand at home this month is unlikely to go ahead of because of security fears.

But the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not worried about it, a Board official told ‘The News’ on Friday.

“If they (New Zealand) come here and play the series, they would be more than welcome,” said the official, who requested anonymity. “But if they want to skip then it would be their decision. We are not desperate for the series,” he added.

There is nothing strange about a Russian academic writing an article on the occasion of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's death. But it is slightly odd that Nikita Khrushcheva would go out of her way to praise Nikita Khrushchev.

The paradox is that, in the Soviet era, his art was used, briefly, as a force for liberation, because Nikita Khrushchev allowed the publication of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in order to buttress his anti-Stalin thaw...Under Khrushchev, however, Solzhenitsyn’s work was used to liberate the country from the grip of Stalinism. In choosing to allow One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich to be published, Khrushchev knew that he was undermining the entire Soviet era up to that point...Yet Khrushchev, isolated and in disgrace, continued to see a bond between himself and the great author. As Solzhenitsyn wrote in his memoir The Oak and the Calf: “as late as 1966, he [Khrushchev] sent me New Year’s greetings — which astonished me because I was on the brink of arrest. Perhaps (in his disgrace) he did not know.”

Might Ms Khrushcheva have seen fit to mention at some point that she is she the granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev?


Ahsan said...

Maybe she studied at the Daily Times School of Journalistic Ethics.


Riaz Haq said...

So far, the only powerful private militia in Pakistan is the Taliban militants who have been very effective against the Pakistani military. There have been no other private militias organized and arrayed against the Taliban. This creates an incentive and opportunities for those opposed to the Taliban to organize an anti-Taliban militia. Such a militia could help weaken the Taliban and help the military, a scenario similar to Latin America's where you see both pro and anti military militias. But the fear is that it could also spark a nationwide civil war leading to anarchy and chaos, and turn Pakistan into a failed nuclear-armed state, and bring in massive foreign intervention.