A sub-continent in turmoil

In front of the 'Railway Hotel', Hua Hin.
In front of the ‘Railway Hotel’, Hua Hin.

Mobi-Babble

I trust that all of you had a great festive season and are now fully recovered from your overindulgences.

For me, well it was a fairly quiet time. We did go out for a traditional Christmas meal on Christmas day evening with one of my friends and his family, and New Year’s Eve saw us at another friend’s house for an impromptu Barbecue.

We were back home well before midnight and although I had intended to stay up to see in the New Year, fatigue got the better of me and by 11.30 I was fast asleep. My slumber didn’t last long as at the stroke of midnight, the whole area was shaking with the sound of fireworks, and my poor dogs were quivering with fear.

Noo and her son went into the garden and watched Pattaya’s firework display which could be seen on the horizon, but by 1 a.m. we were back in bed and dead to the world.

For those who may be wondering, yes, I am still sober and have now passed the magic two year milestone. While there are many documented cases of alcoholics lapsing after more than 2 years sobriety, I very much doubt if such a fate awaits this alcoholic. I really seem to have got it licked, and it will be onwards and upwards with my continuing sober life in 2013.

On the medical front, I still seem to be lurching from mini-crisis to mini-crisis. After finally seeing off my extended bout of diarrhoea, and enjoying a few precious days of rude health, (during which time my daily exercises were really starting to take off), I have now come down with yet another bout of bronchitis.

This is the third dose of bronchitis since my operation, last June. On Friday I felt pretty awful and had a fractured night’s sleep, and yesterday I didn’t feel much better, with a tight chest, full of nasty congestion and difficulty in breathing.

Today the bronchitis seems to have abated a little after I started yet another course of antibiotics, which I really hated doing, as it only a few days since I stopped taking the last lot after my stomach had recovered. Now, horror upon horror, my diarrhoea has also returned with a vengeance! There seems to be no end to these medical set-backs, but it seems that I have little choice but to soldier on and hope for the best.

I suppose all these problems are being sent to try me. I guess the plain fact is that  I’m not as healthy and strong as I would like to be, and I am vulnerable to infection.

Mobi’s Blogs

As I hinted in a recent blog, I am in the process of changing my blog formats for 2013. In fact, never having been someone to do things by halves, I have now expanded my blog count to 4.

The most crucial change in my blogs is the decision to remove all the sexy Asian pictures from my main blog page. I have been thinking about doing this for quite some time and gave the matter a great deal of deliberation before arriving at this momentous decision.

I also sought the views of a few of those who I know and who read my blog. I have to say the opinion was divided; some could see no harm in retaining the ‘naughty’ pics, but others felt they were a distraction.

Anyway the decision has been made, and from 2013, my main blog page will be an ‘Asian Lady and Butts’- free-zone.’

Mobi-Pics

But never fear, to all you aficionados of the Asian female form out there, I am delighted to inform you that I have now started separate blog, solely dedicated to this subject, entitled Mobi-Pics.  This site will be updated with new pics whenever I write a new piece in my main blog, so there will be no diminution in sexy-pic production.

In future, instead of finding the sexy pics tagged onto the end of my regular articles, you can just click the menu item above to enjoy an updated feast of Asian beauty in a totally separate blog.

In addition to Mob-Pics, there are two other, completely new sites, which at the time of publishing this blog, are still ‘under construction’.

The first is:

Mobi- Babble – An Anthology

This blog will contain all my ‘Mobi-Babbles’ since the inception of my blog, back in July 2009, in chronological order. Just click on the Menu item at the top of this home page. At the present time, only the 2009 ‘Babbles’ have been copied over, but hopefully the site will be fully functional by the end of January.

The second is:

Mobi-Bytes

As the tag line states, this blog is ‘Mobi’s Take on Current Affairs and Matters of General Interest.’

The blog will contain an archive of all the various articles I have written, excluding Mobi-Babble, since I commenced writing non Mobi-related subject matter in April, 2011. It was at this time that I started to diversify the content of my blog when my daily life became more ‘normal’ and by definition, less interesting.

Back in April, 2011, I had 4 months of sobriety under my belt and the  guiding influence of a good woman in my life to stop me going off the rails, so my life took a slight turn towards the humdrum. As a consequence, I started to spice up my blogs with outrageous and controversial views and ‘takes’ on world events and matters of general interest.

So Mobi-Bytes is a repository for these jottings and even if I say it myself, it will hopefully make some interesting reading – when I have it all up and running…

As ever, I welcome any comments.

 

Post Script to: ‘What telly will you be watching in 2013?

I quote from the article in my last blog concerning ‘Eastenders’:

‘…It seems that the entire cast is manically engaged in discussing matters that they don’t want other people to know about, but who inevitably do find out about because the conspirators forgot to shut the door, or didn’t realise they were talking in an open place, within earshot of dozens…’

Despite my resolution to stop watching this trash, I decided to watch a few episodes in January just to see how the current plots panned out, (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). I confess that even I was surprised when in a single episode of East enders there were no less than THREE instances of someone overhearing a conversation they weren’t supposed to hear, with the usual, disastrous consequences.

Then, if that wasn’t enough, to crown it all, we had two ‘illicit’ lovers kissing in public, and guess what? The injured party just happened to be walking by at that very moment to witness the dastardly pair in action!

Another quote from my article:

‘…As for ‘illicit’ lovers kissing each other in public – well the rule in East Enders seems to be that if you are two-timing your spouse or partner, then  you make sure that everyone finds out by committing brazen acts of affection in every conceivable public place you can think of.’

It really is pathetic. I wonder how much these script writers get paid to regurgitate the same rubbish – over and over again. Even I didn’t realise just how often these turgid, dramatic devices were used.

I give up, I promise…..whatever Telly I watch during the remainder of 2013, it will NOT include East Enders…

 

A sub-continent in turmoil

India

The world looks on in horror at the shocking treatment of women in India. It took the brutal gang rape and murder of a young medical student to finally stir the establishment into some kind of action in a country, where hitherto, rape and other brutality towards women went largely ignored and unpunished.

As a result of this horrific crime, we have all become aware of the manner in which Indian women are regarded and treated by their male counterparts in a fiercely patriarchal society, and we all breathed a collective sigh of despair at the sheer extent of the cruelty, subjugation and depravity that many Indian men are willing to go to.

Jyoti, a 23-year old medical student, had been repeatedly raped, had an iron rod shoved into her body causing severe organ damage, and was beaten about the body and head.

She was airlifted to Singapore for treatment for brain and other injuries after being attacked, but doctors were unable to save her.

Her father said: “When I first saw her she was in the bed with her eyes closed. I put my hand on her forehead and called her name. She slowly opened her eyes and started crying and said she was in pain. I held my tears. I told her not to worry, have strength and everything will be all right.”

For the first 10 days Jyoti was in and out of consciousness and it was hoped that she would survive. ‘Doctors did their best to save her,’ her father said, ‘she spoke a few times, but mostly through gestures. She had a feeding pipe in her mouth, making it difficult for her to speak. She wanted to survive and stay with us. But it was fate that had the last say in the end.’

The good news to come out of this is that there has been a massive public outcry against this monstrous crime, and against thousands of other crimes of a similar nature. So it looks as though the Indian government has finally started to take some action to not only bring these particular these brutes to swift justice, but also to members of the police force and even politicians who have been guilty of similar barbaric acts.

Without a doubt , it will take may years for wholesale attitudes to change  and for women to feel safe in what is still male dominated society, but I think we can see that there are some ‘green shoots’ developing on the legal front and a realisation that things must change. We can also be reassured that the ever more militant Indian women’s organisations will not rest until justice is seen to prevail, however  long that may take.

Let us all hope it is sooner rather than later.

Pakistan

Contrast this to the even more appalling situation that exists in neighbouring Pakistan.

Barely two months after the shooting of Malala – the girl targeted by the Taliban in Swat for ‘secularising society’ through her campaign to promote girls’ education – nine people responsible for administering the government’s polio vaccination campaign were shot dead in different cities of Pakistan. It was part of a coordinated and planned assassination plot executed in less than 48 hours. Five of the murdered workers were women.

Then as Malala started to recover, extremists continued their murderous campaign by turning their guns on health workers and teachers.

Every morning a Suzuki minibus owned by the charity, Support With Working Solutions, (SWWS), collected aid workers from a junction on a main road and drove them down the rough country track, just wide enough for a single vehicle.

The charity workers were led by a 28 year-old married woman, Naila ul-Hadi and provided basic healthcare and education to some of the 2,000 people who lived in traditional mud houses in the village in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

In the late afternoon, the minibus would bring them back. For the teachers and health workers serving the village of Sher Afzal Banda, there were few things more mundane than their daily return journey, to and from work.

Last Tuesday afternoon, Naila called her husband to confirm she would meet him as normal at the junction. Thirty minutes later she and six out of the nine people, mostly fully veiled women, riding in the Suzuki were dead, murdered by as yet unidentified militants while they sat inside the vehicle.

One victim, a male nurse called Umjad Ali, had even moved home from his employment in Karachi after his family feared for his safety in the strife-torn town.

The appalling incident has raised fresh alarm about the growing willingness of Pakistan’s increasingly brutal militants to attack civilians. Like many other parts of the country where ethnic Pashtuns live, the district of Swabi has had its share of trouble with militancy. But while some schools have been blown up, no one can recall anything like last week’s attack.

In a part of the world where people hate to break the worst possible news over the phone, relatives of the six women and one man eventually received calls saying their wives and daughters were ‘seriously hurt’ and they should come immediately. Days on, they are all still in deep shock.

In contrast to India, where the situation appears to be getting better, in Pakistan it would seem that things are definitely changing for the worse. Things have been happening that never happened in the past. In December, militants kidnapped 23 tribal police. Observers say that in the past, the militants would probably have tried to trade them for a ransom, but 21 of them were killed with no demands made. Now there are the attacks on mosques, funerals, graves and, crucially, the teachers and health workers.

It appears that Pakistan’s militants have come to see anyone involved in charitable or development organisations as fair game. They take it for granted that anyone working for an NGO is funded by the west, that they are trying to change local traditions and customs, and they are doing something that is secular. The Taliban no longer expect to get any public support, so no effort is being made to win hearts and minds. Now all they want is to intimidate and pre-empt an uprising against them.

The executive director of SWWS, is considering hiring armed guards for his staff. ‘Malala survived, she was discharged from hospital – that is a big defeat for them. They now want revenge, they want to kill many Malalas,’ he said.

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This is not the first time I have written about the hopelessness that is Pakistan or indeed the dreadful way in which both Pakistan and India treat their women. Let us not forget that every year in India there are still countless cases of women being burned alive when their families had ostensibly failed to pay dowries, or the husband just felt like getting rid of her.

The west would do well to keep its distance – especially from Pakistan, as at least in India there is some degree of hope that things might change, but in Pakistan – there is none.

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Peace and Love, my dear readers….

 

4 thoughts on “A sub-continent in turmoil”

  1. Well Done Mobi, very good, I do like the idea of the new format and having multiple blogs. Those who are only interested in the pics can surf to there hearts content, those what want to here your outrageous comments on world affairs can, so its good for all.

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