Lifting ban on Basant a good move, says Raza Rumi
Opinion: Raza Rumi appreciates governments recent move to uplift ban on basant that will restore thousands of years old festival.
The basant festival is surrounded by absurd propaganda with counter-narratives that:
1. It kills so many people,
2. It is a Hindu festival and Muslims shouldn’t celebrate it,
3. Basant spoils our youth. It is important to understand that for all these concocted theories the government should do its job and implement proper laws rather than banning festivals.
Basant will be celebrated in February hopefully.
The writer is editor-in-chief of Naya Daur Media. He is Director Park Center for Independent Media, visiting faculty at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and author of Delhi By Heart, The Fractious Path, Being Pakistani: Society, Culture and the Arts.