When I was inviting my friends on Facebook on the very first mango celebration of its nature held in Lahore’s sun fort hotel liberty. Many of them disapproved it as a matter of disrespect. They were of the opinion that the so-called liberal lot and champions of the dissent, plurality, and difference of opinion are doing this kind of act. What kind of act? Celebrating the death of a dictator. Which dictator? Yes, Zia ul Haq, the former president of Pakistan, who died on the same day August 17th, 1988, in a plane accident. Is this the right date you think?
Do you think this name after many years of his death really can haunt? Yes of course, can we expect something better from the murderer of dissent in his times? The gifts we received on or after the operation fair play are enough to be respecting the dissent they were keeping. In an event on Saturday’s eve, the speaker very well explained about the odds of Zia’s Islamisation regime. Tajammul bhai further opined that the responsibility of all these odds we put on Zia ul Haq as a single character of evil in Pakistan is wrong. People know that what Bhutto sahib did in his regime to oppress the dissent. To add here, I want to let the memories of the readers refresh by the reason, why Habib Jalib was against Mr. Bhutto. It is a sad tale Adnan Amir tells in the Nation about the populist politician Z. A Bhutto and his role in Balochistan.
But I disagree here with Tajamul bhai, he said that all depends upon the situation, place anyone on Zia’s designation, he could have done the same as Zia did. No! For me, It is not always the situation, personalities also matter and it is an integral part of the change we see in systems. Can you deny Bhuttoism? What it is all about? Personalities. Zia converted Pakistan into a totalitarian state, banned opposition politicians, imprisoned the journalists, activists who spoke against the dictator’s regime, that is what only Zia could do. And how can we ignore the fact of a history that in 1979, there was not a single event we tell our kids in history books.
With Bhutto sahib’s judicial murder, there was the historical event of revolution in Iran on the very same year. Now place Mr. Bhutto with Zia ul Haq and conclude it. Where do you see Bhutto Sahib in all that global scenario? Of course on 180 degrees of what Zia has done with Pakistan in the name of Islamisation.
What Mangoes has to do with all that is a story Muhammad Hanif, a mischievous writer of the time will tell you in his book “A case of Exploding Mangoes”. Although a very old book recommended because I know we have not good habits of reading. So grab the book and let us enjoy the memories of the event we just had attended yesterday.
The best thing I could have experienced was the “Doodh Lassi” served with the Chaunsa class of Mangoes belongs to the Bahawalpur region of Pakistan. With the fact told that in the region, china is the largest producer of Mangos, I didn’t know it before or even didn’t want to listen to anything, I was busy gulping the sweet mangoes with the only style mangoes are eaten all over the world. I was nothing to do with the fact that the Zia also flown from the Bahawalpur base and those mangoes were also from the same city of Pakistan. Let me exempt my words from this article.
Coming back to the subject, with the combination of short documentaries on mangoes, there was a lot of fun in the event the participants enjoyed I could witness. This was maybe the first, and probably the last mango party of the season publicly celebrated, but will it continue to be celebrated as a National Mango day in future? Should it really be?