‘Ignore’ Is The Word
It’s a lethargic afternoon. The academia is immersed in normal things. Apparently, the world inside and outside is calm and calculated. Majority of the people are hooked to their iPods. Some are sipping beverages, some are writing, some are typing while some are simply chatting away. The thing I like about this ambience is that no one is concerned about the other. No staring. No passing comments. Not even a congenial smile. Why? It’s that they ignore, they don’t care. Yes, perhaps they might not be able to ignore an unusual situation but what they ignore are the common everyday things.
Defaming sacred religious figures including Jesus, Moses and Muhammad (PBUH) has been going on since ages. The world is an imperfect place – a home to groups consisting of apparently educated and civilized people, who fail to understand the respect that one holds for sacred figures.
In the present day and age, when the whole world is connected together in the web of electronic communication and the information can spread in seconds all across, it becomes all the more important to ignore the unpleasant occurrence of defamatory nature. Yes, it is unwise to reveal your vulnerabilities to the whole world. In the contemporary history, we witnessed acceleration of defamatory events since Sept. 2005 when the Danish caricatures made waves. To condemn those caricatures, people took to streets in Peshawar (in Spring 2006) and that day they ransacked banks, shops and other businesses. The police had to disperse the mob by using tear gas. That made headlines on several international news networks. Take a moment and think who benefitted from that protest.
Think who is benefitting from the current episode. Perhaps love and respect surpasses every logic but Lahore High Court’s judgment would only escalate the situation, besides censorship evokes defiance hence it is hardly fruitful.