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Book Review: My Feudal Lord (1991)

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Islamic Republic of Pure Land has a bitter history of feudalism among the chieftains and the headmen stretching for decades. The woman’s pride and dignity has been dependent on the word of mouth fouling or polluting her for the hunger and lust of the tribe’s godfathers. The traditional silence of women on beatings, tortures and harassments are still a freedom’s wail. But there was a time, this silence was never whispered to the outsiders and diggers until one lady open her mouth to the world and face the consequences of speaking the truth – Tehmina Durrani

Tehmina Durrani belongs to an influential family. Her great-grandfather, Mohammad Hayat Khan, served the government of British India and played an important role in establishing MAO College at Aligarh under the guidance of his close friend Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. Her grandfather, Liaqat Hayat Khan, also served British India who was once minister of Patiala and after independence; he became Pakistan’s ambassador to France. Her father, Shakirullah Durrani, was a huge name in banking who worked in PICIC, ICP and later on held notable positions in PIA as managing director in 1969 and governor of State Bank of Pakistan in 1971.

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Tehmina’s name and rank stabled more when she married Ghulam Mustafa Khar, the Lion of Punjab. Mustafa Khar is one of Punjab’s most powerful politicians, who was among the founding members of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party. Their marriage had a disastrous impact on her personal life which led to shape a controversy-bound book ‘My Feudal Lord’. The book was European best-seller and made her name among one of the most successful Pakistani authors.

 

‘My Feudal Lord’ would sound a soap-opera with some spices of melodrama but the reader will fall behind the centuries-old gate of the haunting dungeons while notching the details. A reader unknown to Ms Durrani may highly predict the insider of almost 400-page story-book but the style of narration is propelling enough to harvest a forbidden fruit of evil seed. The book brings out the hatred for the feudal and shows true colors of the offensive decisions made on the throne by ruling over women by playing foul game.

 

The book is divided into three parts consisted of 18 chapters.

  • The first part is her introduction, her first marriage with Anees and falling in love with Khar resulting in divorce with former and marriage with latter.
  • The second part details married life of Durrani and Khar in political exile, her sufferings and beatings, her support to Khar in the political movement and sister Adila’s involvement.
  • Final part is the final phase of their married life with many emotional fluctuations and turnarounds making the reader think about the most possible ending.

One thing should never be forgotten while reading, this book is mainly the story of Durrani and Khar narrated by Durrani. This is half narration of what we come to know from her. Khar never wrote a book nor do I think will be interested to speak this topic ever. Durrani was actually Khar’s sixth-wife with age difference of at least 15.

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Another major aspect of the book is that by reading it, the reader will clearly understand the persona and psychology of Tehmina Durrani. It is her story but more than that she opens her world and invites common people to let them know who she is? what does she think? what is her take on male domination in Muslim society? what is the role of a person who has a dual role of a husband and a politician at the same time?. The book is more like a conversation between a mental patient and a psychiatrist where former is Ms Durrani and latter is you the reader.

 

Many times you would even come to understand that she wasn’t wise enough to understand Khar’s art of deception. She easily fell prey in his cage and lost her mind. Ms Durrani did break traditional silence by writing the book, but with the tale she should have presented her short analysis summarized from her life as what exactly went wrong. Reading her life will raise many questions e.g.,

  • Are all feudal lords omen to their women?
  • Is love really blind enough to fell into prey that easily?
  • Do parents contribute their daughter’s marital misery?
  • Is defending your awful husband for the sake of children a wise decision to keep your marriage and protecting your family image from falling?
  • Which decision was the worst? Leaving first husband or marrying Khar?

I honestly believe, there should have been one particular chapter of her analysis where she would summarize and provide answers of the most complicated questions arose from her life, like the few I raised above. Those details would definitely hit on the eastern and western societies and their readers.

Ms Durrani is indeed a brave individual who suffered the pain all those years and kept the marriage that long. This book is highly recommended to those readers who want to place the woman’s rank and acknowledge her role in the society. This revolutionary book is a moral victory over a complex society. May you stay strong with high spirits Amen.

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The Green Downfall & Fish-Slapping Dance

Theory in existence, Corruption in persistence…

Muslims ruled the subcontinent for 1000 years… really?? I don’t know… Anyhow the Britishers came to teach you the difference between leadership and dictatorship with every fish caught and stored in their ship. You were ruled by them and by years oops I mean by decades to come, you successfully certified (dignified) yourself to be ruled in ages and generations to come and salute.

After major efforts of freedom fighters of Control-Alt-Delete the Britishers, you got inter-dependence in 1947. Later on, your father left the nation in higgledy piggledy and there was a big ” :S ” over leadership to fall over someone’s shoulder. In next 65 years, your political system and leadership become laughing stock (of exchange) in many regions of human globe of invest-meant. 

More to a mockery of a joke is that it was hard to find a human being to lead the country with green dignity. So the animals used human brain and ruled you big time. The political world and state of monarchies (and anarchies) expected separation-demanding people to produce green merlins to justify their separate land’s existence. But instead of green merlin, you in fact produced green chaplin, sometimes green dublin and even green goblin.

So the leadership was tossed between two kinds of rulers. The one who are in military (with all their military ranks embarked from Britishers) and the politicians who are greedy of chair to build their own monarchy and throne their generations by mimics, I mean gimmicks (excuse my heart).

Ruling of country became unstable and its all after assassination at Company Bagh, Rawalpindi in 1951, that a heritage of ‘fish-slapping dance’ begin. The first presidency was proved a vehicle without engine and after many coronary bypass surgeries, the patient chose to share his bed with another patient in 1958. In almost 3 weeks, both president and army chief played fish-slapping dance on each other. Soon after mr.president finally drown in water with a heavy halibut-punch, your military began to rule for next 13 years. So martial law was imposed on country (3 months after 1st Nigar Film Awards).

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Next 2 presidential elections in 1960 and 1964 witnessed the same army chief, so no challenge of defeating him in fish-slapping dance until in 1969, the guy of his same army rank punched him Halibut-fish. 1970 witnessed your inaugural gene-rall elections. In order to stabilize the heritage of dance, sardine-fish are distributed in Eastenders while halibut-fish in Westenders. A year later, ‘Finding Nemo’ is released on December,1971.

Toss changed the fate as the man, who founded Pakistan Peoples Party in 1967, got the leadership as the Halibut-fish remained in his hands for next 6 years. A warning Kiss over nuclear dilemma in 1976 was enough to pen his book in prison cell. In 1977, 9 political parties challenged him to win the fish-slapper over them. Then introduction of rigga-rigga was rumored in general elections which controversially outraged the opponents of losing the contest without slapping him. The army interfered again and martial law imposed for the 3rd time with its leader serving the country for longest term. 

After the plane crash in Bahawalpur in 1988, the leadership had enjoyed (suffered) almost 30 years of fish-slapping dance. But this time, the transfer of leadership suffered a dissolute passion in shape of disease which spread in all the political parties. That disease was Osgood–Schlatter, which broke all the political movement to knees.

Here comes the voice of anarchy, I mean monarchy (excuse my heart again) as the 1st lady on earth is historically appointed as PM of Muslim state, I repeat… ‘Muslim’ state!! She leads the country twice but with incomplete period of time due to dismissal from president. The reasons were simple, Osgood-Schlatter disease made the government unstable enough to not be able to stand on their feet. Surgeons had pre-informed the patient for knee-surgery but she didn’t listen to him.

In chair winning race after plane crash of 1988, further more animals were found in different regions. One city saw a revolution where a minor student organization transform to a major ethnic organization which birth a major party based on their roots to be realized as rejected in many controversial events in the past. The other city came on major hold by a man jumping in politics only to get his family property back snatched by the past government. He expanded his business and political roots stabilized in his region but the disease had no limits.

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Finally in 1999, fish-slapping dance contest was fought between the-then leader and the mercenary. The incidents matched tribute of first ever dance put to formal in 1958, as the army kicked the man the same way and 4th Martial Law was imposed on country. Next 8 years, the man in army boots never let anyone dance with sardine-fish on him. Big names left the country, years later they came back. Even the ‘justice league’ of Pakistan (coughs) were put on test the patience. The mercenary stepped down after 2008 general elections and the country witnessed a real animal winning presidential elections. The country witnessed no-holds-barred in the most corrupted and shameless government ever came to run a 5-year term. Osgood-Schlatter was on it’s Everest-peak and all the fish had commit suicide just at the announcement of new president being a dog.

In near future, there is a chance that finally the fish will not be tortured, voters won’t bother fingering when thumb is gifted to mark on hope, international cricket may resume, international-begging may stop, minorities may not suffer, Baluchistan may not be forgotten. Because in these 5 testing years, a major voice became nationwide revolution of change and call for unity in development phase. The youth get inspired from all corners and patriotism level got exposure to height after long time and lanky wait. Recent elections shook the momentum as the evidence caught, proved the general elections one of worst rigga-rigga display of all-time. The old gimmicks had applied to subjugate the land but the harsh truth for all fish-slapping dancers is that change has changed the change.

“A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.” _ Napolean Bonaparte