Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The biggot's mind

This letter was published in Daily Times, Lahore on January 5, 2005

Sir: Re Daily Times’ editorial (Chitral trouble is symptomatic of deeper malaise, December 29, 2004).

It is clear that, having forced the government to back down on the ‘religion-in-passport’ issue, the mullahs have now trained their guns on the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB). It only proves once again that you can never appease the mullahs.

Now, what is wrong with having a new examination board? We all know that our examination system is rotten. We desperately need a system that is reliable, uniform, efficient and affordable. AKU-EB promises to provide that. And, it is totally voluntary. If you don’t like it you don’t have to join it. How can any rational person find fault with that! But as someone said, “A bigot’s mind is like the pupil in the eye. The more light you throw on it, the narrower it gets”.

Islamabad