Dictator, Technology, Hazards, Substitute and Idiots ( part-3 )

حیرت ہے تعلیم و ترقی میں ہے پیچھے
جس قوم کا آغاز اقرا سے ہوا تھا

The translation of above Urdu verses: it is so outrageous to watch, extremely ignorant in knowledge and virtue is the civilization who originated with the word READ…

I’m so thankful I had a childhood before technology took over.

My digital exposure

The transmission lasted for about three hours daily and everything was live. Black and white experience was the only option until the technology was eventually upgraded to color transmission in 1974. Abrupt mistakes and sometimes, blunders were not noticed and entertainment was nice pass time for families.  The technology is so advanced today pizza arrives quicker than an ambulance.

Color television also brought colored movies and talk shows which were labeled as controversial and sometimes needed parental guidance. Unlike black and white period, during the improvement in technology color transmission mostly separated kids from their parents and the gap continued sky rocketing. Many programs were censored and the censorship was at its limit when General Zia-ul-haq came to power overthrowing Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in a bloodless coup. The host of programs if females were tightly scarfed around faces and no glamorous makeup was allowed. Many soap opera programs were cancelled when the theme was not acceptable as they were found either un-Islamic or raised fingers against the dictator’s ideas.

I don’t want to become a bit political but as a matter of recalling the events of the past, I have to answer the correct history. Talking about color television, of course, I desperately wanted one in my home. It reminds me of the lines I read somewhere on Facebook, ‘I asked god for a bike, but I know god doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness’.

Usually, the dictator (Zia-ul-haq) justified his coming to power and promised national election in 90 days and perhaps was convinced he would carry out elections. No elections were arranged until his death on 17th August 1988 in a plane crash: his rule lasted for 11 years. No one argued with this idiot, and those who did, Zia-ul-haq apparently beat them with his experience dragging them down to his level.

Relationship advice: pay more attention to your parents then your phone.

To be continued…

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