November 11, 2011

Global Music Therapy – Balochistan to the heart of Europe

The Terrorland Report

MUSIC Therapy of Nations series started with Pashto music and relations among Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States of America. The post, while talking about a song of famous singer Naghma, said: “A wrong interpretation of the song can cause a global war and a truthful understanding of it can make the world a real heaven!

”In the song, the poet, probably an Afghan, has showed his love for all the places where Pakhtuns live but they are divided between Pakistan and Afghanistan, two separate countries. It never meant a plan for a greater Pakhtunistan! It's just how the Pakhtuns on both sides of the border feel for each other! Balochis in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan feel for each other in the same way.

”You can't cut off Pakistani Urdu-speaking people from their roots in India. The Sikhs of India are rootless without Pakistan as their Mecca and Medina are in our part of the Punjab. Therefore, it's need of the time to re-translate similar songs into the languages which policy-makers can understand! The meaning of the song must not be lost in translation... So, friendly new policies and a softer border-policy, like the European Union, can do miracles!”

Then the next posts talked about the relationship of Pakistan, Iran, India, China, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and other regional countries with examples of indigenous music and languages of Gilgit-Baltistan. In this regard, while talking about Balti music, it was pointed out that music can do what the bloody strategic asset' (Taliban and Al-Qaeda etc) of the Pakistan Army can't! it pointed some bitter facts:

“One wonders: if our duffer generals and their civilian lackeys have ever thought about the role of Hollywood and Bollywood in global politics... they both are more powerful than the nuclear arsenal of the United States of America and Republic of India. This is a point to ponder for our mighty generals, who, despite having the glorified atom bombs under their arms, are trembling with fear of any attack... and either depend on the self-made barbaric militants or intellectually-bankrupt characters (like Zaid Hamid)...!”

The post on Wakhi music made a point that the Wakhis are not Tajiks whom the Pakistani military establishment considers ‘enemy’ as they had opposed the ISI-backed Taliban in Afghanistan. It said that instead of victimizing the Wakhis like the Hazara people, Pakistan must use them as a bridge to strength with China and Central Asia. “In the globalized world, the Pakistani generals should broaden their narrow minds!

“Duffer generals! You don't know how to make diversity our national strength in Pakistan! You have become slaves of your illegal business conglomerates, and that is going to sink like the Titanic if you are not changing your criminal behavior and visionless policies!”

The post on Shina music unveiled the treasure of resistance literature, saying that had “greatly influenced other languages in the region especially Burushaski, Wakhi, Khowar and Balti”. It said: Shina-speaking people or Shins are the primary victim of sectarian violence – a strategy Pakistani military establishment started in the 1980’s to punish the people of Gilgit-Baltistan for demanding constitutional rights.

“Few days ago, on November 1, three innocent people were killed in capital city Gilgit; as usual, the security forces couldn’t do anything! “The locals think," says a reporter from Gilgit, "it's a handiwork of the ISI and other secret agencies which are trying to divert the attention of the people who have intensified their demands for a constitutional status to the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly and representation in the Pakistani Parliament." People say this year, the officials 64th Independence Day was publicly observed as a "black day" without any announcement from any party. ‘Frustration among the youth is mounting high as they want to be a part of the mainstream Pakistan,’ says a student from Skardu, ‘the government is ready for a big political decision... but the military establishment seems a hurdle in its way.’” 

Posts on the world’s language isolate, Burushaski,  pointed out towards a cultural loophole of Gilgit-Baltistan, where militarization and Talibanization is going on under the ISI, MI and related secret agencies but there is still not a single female artist in the entire so-called province. “There are no female singers, models and actors, not only in Hunza but in the entire Gilgit-Baltistan region. Some females sing only religious hymns. It is really mocking... the so-called literate and liberal portrayal of the region in the national and international media. The performing arts need the attention of the government, NGOs and local intelligentsia in this regard.”

The piece on Kashmiri music describes the story how the military establishment is using music for propaganda like the communists... and to repress the people of Gilgit-Baltistan who want “no less than representation in the Pakistani Parliament”. Unfortunately, the Pakistani military regime is not ready to let the elected government to fulfill the genuine demand of the over two million people of the region. This can be catastrophic for the country, analysts fear.

Khowar music unites people of Chitral & Gilgit-Baltistan sums up this series of posts on the Music Therapy of Nations. It pointed out: “As The Terrorland Team has been saying since day-one, Pakistani military establishment should stop its militarization and Talibanization policy. Don't try to make the hundreds of ethnic and religious groups unified under a pseudo-ism... appreciate diversity and the unique identity of every faith and ethnic group; it will make Pakistan a colorful beautiful garden where every flower will support the beauty of every other! In this way our terror-hit country can really become a paradise on earth.”

And now, after the message of pluralism, here are some songs from Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkey, Bulgaria and finally Indian controlled Kashmir. If we promote the liberal arts, especially music, this small planet can be a very cool and calm beautiful garden full of colorful flowers. We hope there is no more wars to burn our colorful world – long live planet earth!   

1- A traditional song from Balochistan province of Pakistan

2- Traditional song from Azərbaycan

3- Kurdish song from Iraq

4- Sufi song from Turkey 

5- Traditional song from Europe - Bulgaria

6- And back to the East - traditional song from the heavenly Kashmir

Other posts on Music Therapy of Nations
  1. Pashto music can improve Af-Pak-US relations!
  2. Balti music can do what the bloody 'strategic assets' can't
  3. Wakhi music: don't doubt strength of bridge to China & Central Asia 
  4. Shina music & resistance literature in Gilgit-Baltistan 
  5. Burushaski - a unique language & music in Gilgit-Baltistan
  6. Khowar music unites people of Chitral & Gilgit-Baltistan 
  7. Kashmiri music - Gilgit-Baltistan wants no less than Parliament

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