“If you are looking for friends when you need them…it’s too late.” ~ Mark Twain
Friends are like balloons;
once you let them go,
you might not get them back.
we get so busy with our own lives and problems
we may not even notice that we have let them fly away.
I recently came across an article with the above caption written in 2015 and it immediately brought to my mind an old Urdu write-up ? Afsana (fiction story), may have been Minto but I only remember the abominable and heart-wrenching contents.
But first a word or two about “Banned”. Many years ago USA practiced “Eugenics” almost like Nazi/Hitler’s. The ‘committee’ ordered Surgical “sterilization of young women (and men) considered to be unfit for parent-hood like:
physically disabled — and so on.
That eugenics committee dissolved in 1977 (Thank God).
There may still be other ways of continuing the “selection’ process and I will not go further except mentioning that pictures I saw (in that article) were those of African-American grandmother who looked perfectly normal with her grandson and she was raped at age 13, when she was declared feebleminded (instead of rape investigation) so that when she got married at 19 and found out what surgery had been done it wrecked her marriage but she was thankful they let her have her only son.
The Urdu afsana or whatever was that of a microcephalic teenager who became a mother (do not remember who made the poor bayzubaan pregnant) causing problems for the “owner” whose “livelihood” got disturbed with her pregnancy. Those of you who do not know “microcephalics” just a few words for them. Medically this means a child born with a very small head (and therefore brain) who live with extremely poor intelligence, very very feebleminded. In Panjab they were called “Shah Dawlah’s Choohay”. The story goes about a mazar of Shah Dawlah in Gujrat (Pb) where some time ago some childless mother made “mannat” that if you give us children I will “donate” the first child for your service/set-up (lot of Mujawars and buildings). It so happened that the first child born turned out to be a microcephalic (known medical condition).
After that many “childless mothers” did the same thing and the first child was given to the service of Shah Dawlah and that child was “made” into microcephalic with iron cap on the newborn so received. It was not uncommon to see people taking such a child to use him/her for asking for alms. These “Shah Dawlah’s choohay” were sold from the mazar and the “owners” lived happily ever after, for such a child when he/she approaches you and begs speaking hardly any words with out-stretched hand one can imagine why such hand would always be filled with money.
I don’t remember the whole afsana but you remember my village Kotla which is located in Gujrat distt. and I remember seeing these children coming to me tapping on my shoulder and making me feel so disturbed and helpless. Later, I came to know of the family of Shah Dawlah when they stopped this abominable practice.
Yes, I would vote for such a “feeble-minded” for that operation (call me “flexible”) but would be horrified to apply that principle to everybody microcephalic or not.
Published on April 23, 2017 by Dr Wahaj ud Din Ahmad, a brain diseases specialist stationed in USA.
This is continuation of “Partition of India – How and Why” published on March 12 2018.
Due to high fever, severe cough and Flu, I was down from March 20 t0 29 2018, thus the delay in publishing the today’s article.
Punjab could be divided into 5 areas on basis of Muslim population
1. West, which was above 80% Muslim (Green and Dark Green).
2. Center-West, which was 60 to 80% Muslim (Blue, Light Blue and Pink).
3. Center-East, with no obvious majority religion (Brown and Yellow).
4. Southeast, what is now Haryana with Hindu majority, but it was relatively narrow, and the communal split was Hindu / Muslim, with few Sikhs in the mix. Delhi is included in zone 4, because communally and culturally, it was similar to the nearby parts of the Punjab.
5. Which now is called Himachal Pradesh was almost exclusively Hindu (Grey).
In June 1947 to determine which areas on ground should make part of each country, Britain appointed Sir Cyril Radcliffe to chair Boundary Commission for Bengal and Punjab. Sir Cyril Radcliffe arrived in India on 8th July 1947. Instead of announcing the result before august 14, 1947, he announced it on August 17, 1947 and, violating even the division on the district basis, divided Muslim majority Assam as well as a 70% Muslim majority Gurdaspur (Punjab). Gurdaspur was divided to provide India land passage to Jammu Kashmir.
Map showing the divide between Pakistan and India as result of Boundary Commission’s decision. Green given to Pakistan and the rest to India
Strange thing is that 3 Muslim majority districts in central India were made part of India on the plea that those were in Hindu vicinity.
It is said that Lord Mountbatten corroborated with Hindu leaders more than his predecessors and acceded out of the way to demands of Mr Nehru, courtesy close friendship of Mr Nehru with Lady Edwina Mountbatten (wife of the Viceroy). To know detail, please, click on the following links one after the other.
If you lack the courage to start,
you have already finished.
Ideas won’t work unless ‘you’ do.