ٹوپی بازی

PPP and Sind parties celebrated December 7 as Sindhi Topi Day according to two news items in The News: Festivities mark Sindhi Topi Day and Has Topi Day isolated Sindh from rest of the country?

I could not come up with a single reason why there was a sudden need to celebrate this. If sindi culture was dying (which it is not) I would have understood it though the timing and the manner of celebration leaves a lot to be desired.

However, the mast channels (thats how Sindi channels are known to us urbanites because of their constant dancing, singing and abhorrent entertainment programs) rarely show anyone wearing a sindi topi unless it is a visit to some rural place of which there hardly any is.

If it was a political statement in support of Zardari, then we can really look forward to Punjabi Dhoti Day for supporting Sharif brothers, Mohajir Pajama Day for Altaf Bhai, Peshawari Chappal Day for Asfandyar Wali etc…

Altaf Bhai, never to miss a photo opportunity to gain political mileage, makes the most of it by dressing up in sindi topi and ajrak and calling a press conference

I also liked the following comment by some MQM supporter on the occassion of Sindi Topi Day

اٹھانوے فیصد عوام کی جان

الطاف حسین بھائی جان جان

سندھی ٹوپی اور اجرک سندھ کی شان

کرتا پاجامہ مہاجروں کی آن

پاکستان کی پہچان اردو زبان

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