ou might think it strange that I am posting a political song play-list in Muharram. However, it was Muharram 9 and 10 holidays (December 16-17, 2010) that actually made me think about current affairs, politics and music together. The massacre of prophet’s grandson Imam Hussain and his family is a classic tale of good vs. evil in a contemporary political setting. Like all good legends, it is a true story – We might consider ‘standing up for Right no matter what’ a loser’s game in today’s world. We might also lack the moral courage to stand up for what’s right. However, we continue to commemorate the massacre every year without fail since it happened 14 hundred years ago – (no matter which Muslim sect we might belong to – Sunni, Shia or any other).
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Last Friday, (Dec 10), a senior colleague of mine started a hot and passionate discussion on current affairs and religion(during lunch break) – his assertion: Pakistanis lack moral courage to stand up for what’s right and that’s why there is a high incidence of earthquakes, floods and other natural calamities in our part of the world right now. God is angry with us. We keep selecting bad leaders; he feels that a great majority either doesn’t vote or votes in the wrong crowd – he wants a change – for the better… according to him, new leadership should be given a chance – he wants all of us (at work) to vote for Imran Khan – a comparatively ethical political leader. Its beside the point that Imran Khan has no political experience at leading the nation and might also make major mistakes at our expense.
According to him, not standing up for what’s right is killing us as a nation – What do you think? Do you agree with him?
In the meantime, here is a list of top five political songs to come out of Pakistan…
Laga Rah by Shahzad Roy
Maray Log by Noori
Mori Araj Suno by Tina Sani and Arieb Azhar
(Punjabi Lyrics by Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz)
Bol kay lab azad hain by Tina Sani
Lyrics by Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Main Ny Us Sy Ye Kaha By Lal Band
Lyrics by Poet Habib Jalib