Thursday 8 March 2012

Deconstructing Zaid Hamid Part 10

Deconstructing Zaid Hamid
Zaid Hamid is a TV-phenomenon popularized by his programmers like Brass Tacks and Iqbal ka Pakistan. Eighteen episodes of Iqbal ka Pakistan have been examined by this author in last nine issues. Episodes 19 and 20 of Iqbal ka Pakistan are reviewed below.

Recently, Zaid Hamid was invited as guest on a show on Express News and was made to run for his money by the use of logic from Hasan Nisar and Ali Chishti. They debunked the vague theories of Zaid Hamid by showing him the mirror of reality.

Spoiler Alert: Zaid Hamid mentioned his favorite document i.e. “Protocols of the elders of Zion” in Episode 19.
Zaid Hamid also posted a message on his face book fan page, urging people to close down their Facebook accounts because CIA is collecting their data. Last time I checked his own Facebook page is still up and running. Double Standards, anyone?

Episode 19

Zaid Hamid: - Iqbal’s poetry and ideology is being suppressed, but these are sacred documents and cannot be hidden for long.
Comment: - I really do not know which universe does Zaid Hamid live in because there is NO such effort to “suppress” Iqbal’s message. Iqbal’s poetry is present in the Urdu Textbooks throughout the country and there has been no change is that regard. We can also hear Iqbal’s poetry from the people he never liked in his own life i.e. Mullahs and Terrorists like the Difa-e-Pakistan Council guys. As far as being “sacred” is concerned, this is just an example of a typical Zaid Hamid hyperbole. 

Zaid Hamid: - There is a whole spiritual system/dimension governing this world, apart from the physical dimension.

Comment: - This is no different than the conspiracy theories perpetrated about Illuminati, Free Masons and similar secret societies. Science has established four dimensions till now, while in Quantum mechanics, dozens of other “dimensions” have also been discovered, but this home-made dimension is so secret that no-one beside Zaid Hamid has discovered it yet.

Zaid Hamid: - Zionists worship deities and use black magic.

Comment: - According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Zionism is defined as “an international movement originally for the establishment of a Jewish national or religious community in Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel”. According to Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary, Zionism is defined as “a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel. It was established as a political organization in 1897 under Theodor Herzl, and was later led by Chaim Weizmann.” The definitions establish that Zionists are Jewish people while the attributes Zaid Hamid is telling are of people belonging to a cult. Does he think Jewish people are followers of a cult? Or does he not even know the meaning of Zionism? I leave it to the reader to decide.

Zaid Hamid: - During the swat operation, spiritual forces helped our army.

Comment:- The Swat operation, named Operation Black Thunderstorm, was conducted by Pakistan Army between April-June 2009 against Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan(TTP) in the Swat Valley.
During this operation, Pakistan Army not only fought the TTP insurgents but also committed gross human rights violations as reported by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and BBC. If spiritual forces helped our army, where were those spiritual forces when Army was committing the same atrocities that TTP(the bad guys) were committing before them?

Zaid Hamid:- People with spiritual dimensions have brighter faces.

This statement by Zaid Hamid is simply an example of Racial Profiling and nothing else. It is similar to identifying "potential terrorists" at the Police Check posts throughout the country or at the Airports.!!!

Zaid Hamid:- Doubt in your mind is not a good thing.

Zaid Hamid doesn’t want us to have doubts in our mind because If we started doubting and thinking for ourselves, we will easily understand the gibberish that he is espousing and promoting. 

Zaid Hamid: The establishment is working on the agenda of Pharaohs(Fir’aun).

Comment: This one is outlandish, even by the lofty standards of Zaid Hamid. He doesn’t specify which Pharaoh is he referring to, as in Egyptian history, more than 60 pharaohs are mentioned.

Episode 20

Zaid Hamid:- The capitalist economic system is a sham and they have been fooling the world for the last 200 years.

Comment:- In fact, Zaid Hamid is right in assuming this, although Rosa Luxemburg said this more than a 100 years ago when she said, “If people only knew how capitalist system works, it would collapse overnight”. The difference between these two statements is that Rosa Luxemburg was proposing an alternative system which since then has been tested in different countries while Zaid Hamid’s alternative is a Utopia that may have worked in agrarian societies but is not implement-able in the modern world. Cultural Critic, Nadeem Farooq Paracha has repeatedly written that the new “messiahs” like Zaid Hamid are using the exact same rhetoric used by the Left-wing during 1960s and 70s.

Zaid Hamid:- The leader should constantly worry about his nation and should spend all his time thinking about his nation.

Comment:- As I mentioned in the last edition of this series, Zaid Hamid is promoting the idea of a messiah, a visionary leader who will make all our problems go away with his magic wand. I also mentioned that this particular attitude gives rise to Dictatorships.

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