جڏهن ڪجهه به نه هجي، تڏهن مِينهن وڏو واقعو آهي
August 11, 2011

ظفر امام

مونکي لڳو هي مُون سون گذري به ويو ۽ منهنجي شهر ۾ بارش جي هڪ  به بوند نه پئي آهي، سو وڏو الميو آهي. سياسي طور  ڪيترو ڪجهه ٿي چڪو. نفرت ۽ لسانيت جي ڄر ڪراچي ۽ سموري سنڌ کي وڪوڙي به وئي، ماڻهو بيگناهه قتل ٿي ويا. انهن سانوڻيءَ واري ڪجهه مهينن ۾ ننڍا وڏا ڪافي الميا ٿي چڪا، پر منهنجي لاءِ هر وقت جاري الميو اهو به هو ته هيل سموري سانوڻيءَ ۾ هن شهر  بر ۽ ٿر مٿان هڪ به بارش نه پئي آهي. هڪ برسات بنا شهر ۾ ڪيئن رهبو آهي؟

پر ڪڏهن ڪڏهن جي توهان وٽ نئون ڪجهه به نه هوندو آهي، ساڳي کٽ پٽ پئي هلندي آهي تڏهن توهان مينهن جو اوسيئڙو ڪري ويهندا آهيو. جيڪڏهن ڪجهه نئون نه ٿي رهيو آهي ته پوءِ هڪ وسڪارو ئي سهي. (more…)

Characteristics of a Civil Society Revolution
May 21, 2011

Zafar Imam

The layer of society, which calls itself ‘civil society’, consists of engineers, doctors, professors, lawyers, medium size businessmen, Rights activists, NGOtic persons etc. It can easily be distinguished as middle class – petit bourgeoisie. If they are the ‘civil society’, we the working masses, trade unionists, student leaders and leftists are happy to be called ‘uncivil society’, but let us remind them that this uncivil society is in majority in the world. (more…)

How to Make a Banana Republic
May 2, 2011

 By Zafar Imam

Banana Republics have mushroomed in our times. Let it be the East or the West; let it be a ‘democratic’ rule or an autocratic one, they are found every where developing with rapid speed. Even those states of past which were considered ‘welfare states’ are now rolling back their character and are fast lining up in queue for becoming banana republics. But most of these banana Republics exist in third world, chiefly the ex-colonial countries. Thus, it poses a great question before us that how a banana republic is made. Off Course, this question requires our fair attention. To make a banana republic, you surely don’t need any bananas. That’s why we are here presenting ‘How Tos’ of a banana republic. (more…)

Revolution In Tea Cup – How to Become a Petty Bourgeoisie ‘Intellectual’? _ II
April 19, 2011

By Zafar Imam

Revolution in Tea Cup

These days, tea cups and glasses of petty bourgeoisie intellectuals in city cafes and drawing rooms are storming with ‘revolutions’. They are full to the brim with ‘revolutionary ideas’ and ‘movements’. Though most of these ‘movements’ remain inside the drawing rooms or their favorite corners in cafes, yet they happen to be ‘influential’ because of the propaganda of right wing media. Revolution is the most common word you’ll often listen in right wing mainstream media and in petty bourgeoisie intellectual circles.

In previous article we had explained ‘How Tos’ of being a medium size petty bourgeoisie ‘intellectual’. In this article we’ll explain ‘How Tos’ of being a full blown petty bourgeoisie intellectual, who is so ‘dangerous’ that he/she can bring a ‘revolution’ in a discussion over a tea cup. (more…)

Obituary of the Free Market Doctrine
April 18, 2011

 Zafar Imam

 It has emerged that famous doctrine of capitalism in the period of 80s – the ‘free market economy’ – is “sadly” no more alive in the practice, except text books. The creation of Jeffery Friday and cheerfully presented by Chicago School of Economics, the mantra of ‘free market’ died a rather shameful death in the credit crunch started from U.S some two and half years back. Washington Boys, since then have tamed a form of economic model much near to the state capitalism. But nobody has yet confessed that U.S,UKor other world economic powers have switched to the state capitalism in form of tight regulations, bailout packages and financial injections to boost the market, which was believed to be self-regulatory. In the wake of financial quake, this ‘self-regulatory’, ‘self-corrective’ metaphysical ‘free market’ didn’t work. It simply collapsed. Simply, without any further bogus slogans. (more…)

How to Become a Petty Bourgeoisie ‘Intellectual’?
April 13, 2011

By Zafar Imam

Now a days there is a growing trend seen in the middle class ‘educated’ people to become ‘intellectuals’. Though, to be an intellectual is not an odd thing, yet there is a fun side of being a middle class intellectual. Most of the time you will see them engaged in a ‘serious discussion’, talking hours aimlessly, but nothing will come out of their discussions. They will flock over the places where tea or coffee is available (Oh, did I forget drinks?), they’ll take it sip by sip, and will try to ‘impress’ the other with their knowledge (which is actually information) of the things, and this whole thing may take hours sometimes. If you value your time, we recommend you keep a distance from them. Being a middle class, that is petty bourgeoisie intellectual is a phenomenon in itself. Now, after reading this passage, if you too feel like you should be a petty bourgeoisie intellectual, read below the ‘How Tos’ of that phenomenon. If you don’t want to, hit the back button and navigate away and please forgive me. (more…)