Basant should not be banned
“Depriving us from celebrating Basant is tantamount to depriving us of our fundamental rights,” Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said. The ban on Basant festival should be removed because of its various importances. Basant in not only celebrated from a long time and considered to be a part of our culture but also it is a way of attracting tourists and sources of revenue. Other than this the ban itself imposed on it is not fully justified. Imposition of ban itself is not fully hundred percent justified because of the interest of politicians. “The current ban on Basant, the world famous kite-flying festival of Lahore, appears to be more an outcome of political tussle between two political forces of the country than anything else ( Qadeer 7).” The ban on Basant is not an outcome of pure decision making based on its pros and cons. Instead the decision of banning has some political influence attached to it. This intervention then questions the creditability of the ban. Basant marks the arrival of spring and bring happiness along with it. Basant should be allowed to celebrate as it has now become a part of our people’s culture, heritage and lifestyle and nobody has a right to ban them. Basant is deeply rooted in people’s psyche and lifestyle. Most the public are not only against the ban on Basant but also are offended by this government decision. Mian Ejaz, acting district coordination officer during the DCO’s absence said, “Basant should not be banned because it attracts people from all over the world and is a cultural event.” He lamented about grave problems caused by Basant but said that the public was unwilling to support a ban (Ali 7). Basant has been in our tradition from a long time and has become a custom and very important part of our lives. But there are some people especially religious ones who raise the point of Basant being a Hindu festival and demand a ban on it. Actually this is not the case; this is just wrong accusation...
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