BhounDa Mazaaq: The Journalist is the Monkey

Posted on January 25, 2011
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Media Matters
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I usually do not hold politicians in much esteem. But I have found new found respect for a number of them in this video. Specially because the journalist who was trying to be ever so clever comes out looking quite the monkey. He wanted a Bandar ka Tamasha, and he comes out looking like the biggest Bandar himself.

What’s the big point about speaking ‘correct’ English – especially in a country where most people (and certainly most journalists) cannot even speak correct Urdu! Beyond signifying the chooti zehniyat and linguistic insecurity of the journalist himself, the clip only serves to make one respect the ones who refused to answer in English.

If you are going to make a big deal about speaking correct English, maybe you should start by asking your own (rehearsed) question in correct English.

If this was the journalist’s attempt at being funny, the joke is on him… and what a bhounDa joke it is!

28 Comments on “BhounDa Mazaaq: The Journalist is the Monkey”

  1. Wasim says:
    January 25th, 2011 10:33 am

    Another idiot reporter.
    Aapni angraizi tou seedhi kar lay bhai!

  2. Muhammad Uzair Sukhera says:
    January 25th, 2011 10:39 am

    This is bound to happen in a country which has no journalism schools of class! worst, people don’t even consider it important to have qualifications for being a journalist. All Tom, Dick and Harry become journalist by grabbing a mike and camera.

  3. Sajjad Junaidi says:
    January 25th, 2011 10:47 am

    I think this clip is from a comedy program in Pakistan, not sure about the name but someone will provide that for sure. But I do take the point that pretend journalist is not doing justice with English either.
    I think its pedantic to expect that if you are an MP you should know how to speak English. I won’t even mind if they only speak their regional language as long as they do the job they are elected for (to serve their constituents).

  4. Samdani says:
    January 25th, 2011 11:10 am

    If it is a ‘comedy’ program that is no excuse. Actually, being NOT FUNNY in a comedy program is even worse than being just not funny!

  5. Tahir says:
    January 25th, 2011 11:12 am

    Who is the politician in the dark glasses… I like this guy. Go Man. That is the attitude. Also the woman who laughed off the journalist and asked if his channel was an English chanell.

  6. Naan Haleem says:
    January 25th, 2011 11:33 am

    This clip is on internet for almost an year now and Tamashbeen is making a TAMASHA out of it NOW only because of his well established hatred for Pakistani Media. Had it been a clip from any non-Pakistani channel, he would have laughed it off.

    Seriously, If Indian media exposes the incapacity of their politicians to run the country, we enjoy it as some hilarious clips. The Clips of Lalu Parshad Yadev in parliament is one example. Similarly, the clips secretly recorded to expose the bribery and corruption of Indian politicians are termed as brave investigative journalism. There are numerous clips on Youtube making fun of the politicians not only in South Asian region but over the whole world.

    A French Lady minister was continuously made fun of after she mis-spelled ‘inflation’ for a sexual word. Almost daily, we learn that some hollywood actor or actress, mad at some paparazzi slaps or punches him in public, and the photographer make a scene out of it although being clearly on fault themselves.

    But Tamashbeen is angry at the Pakistani media when it exposes the so called ‘leaders’ and their incapacity to understand or speak simple and plain English with a critical message to the masses about their previous selection and a question on their future elections.

    One thing Tamashbeen and his fellow Uncles Sam neither admit nor wish to discuss that Pakistan is a much younger country than USA and UK. Expecting Pakistani people to follow the western style democracy after 1000 years of monarchy and 200 years of Sikh and British raj is simple foolishness specially when 33 out of 63 years of independence were military rule and and the most of the remaining years saw struggle among politically illiterate leaders of parties laden with secular elite and feudal lords.

    Its only with the clips of these kinds that the general masses will come to know about the dumb politicians they elected and whom they bestow their trust on in the hope of solving local and national problem.

    Tamshbeen is furious at the Tamasha of incapacitated politicians. So the helpless rather squashed masses of Pakistan rightfully ask Tamshbeen: “Are you with us or against us?”

    But they will be surprised to learn that Tamshbeen himself is living in a society where 1st amendment allows for freedom of speech and expression but he wasted no opportunity to criticise new born Pakistan media for exposing the truth.

    Looks like the secular tamshbeen elite has not yet forgotten or forgiven the role Pakistani Media played in exposing their tyrant King Musharraf and his extra judicial and unconstitutional actions causing the fall of his party and hence of his own throne.

  7. Fauzia Haider says:
    January 25th, 2011 12:42 pm

    The journalist/ interviewer can’t speak proper English himself and he is making fun of others for not being able to speak the language!
    English is not our mother tongue and speaking English isn’t a criteria for judging someone’s level of intelligence. And putting the fake laughter track in the background doesn’t make it funny. It shows the level of journalism in Pakistan…basically they like to have “bandar ka tamashas.”

    The biggest story in the press is Veena Malik these days…it is just about gossiping and tamasha and nothing to do with the real issues facing our country that need more attention then Veena Malik’s behavior or the way she dressed.

  8. Sehrish says:
    January 25th, 2011 1:14 pm

    Well this is absurd. The interviwere is extremely dumb, making fun of himself in front of the world

  9. mano says:
    January 25th, 2011 1:55 pm

    Come on… I have a masters degree and even I can’t speak English fluently… This is an excellent example of media using its power negatively..

  10. Osman Nasir says:
    January 25th, 2011 2:55 pm

    Dear Adil,
    Why do we move our eye off the ball? This is not about the “Requirement” of speaking English, its about the “Ability”, or the lack of it, of speaking English..

    We send this gentlemen and ladies off to the legislative assemblies, and they then cast their votes making laws and recommendations as part of our daily life and our national future outcome. We expect them to be educated enough to be “able” to speak a language which is very much part of our daily business.

    Just think how weak they may look when they go to Foreign countries or negotiate with global organizations, desperately trying to put two sentences together and sweating with despression while trying to do that.

    Remember PM Gillani going to White house and suggesting that “Pakistan has a few hand-picked terrorists left now” instead of saying handful… Remember how Mr. Bush winked to the Cameras after that ??? Now how idiot would Pakistan look like if sub-human creature like this continue to represent us ?

    Not happening!

  11. Mehr says:
    January 25th, 2011 4:21 pm

    The clip is nothing but a shameful mockery of journalism itself; I have all the respect in the world for those two or three MPA’s who refused to speak in English.

    Naan Haleem: I’m not sure if I understand you correctly, but are you trying to say that just because there are instances of immature journalism elsewhere in the world, we should condone these things in Pakistan? Moreover, pointing out a politician’s linguistic weakness is hardly a form of ‘exposing’ him to the public. Pakistani media has done a commendable job in the past bringing the right issues to the forefront, for example motivating people to pour in aid for flood relief. But clips like these only bring to light the fact that there is still a long way to go, and that aspiring journalists do not repeat these mistakes in future. It’s about time people try understanding criticism and stop defending everything in the name of ‘oh but our nation is still an infant’!

  12. Billa says:
    January 25th, 2011 6:36 pm

    It’s a simple example of language complexes still deeply rooted in our society..
    English is not a standard- every language has its own place. Even if you are on an English channel you can always give your answer in Urdu or Punjabi or whatever language you feel comfortable with. It’s their job to translate!

  13. AllahKaBanda says:
    January 25th, 2011 6:59 pm

    Shame on such leaders….which you elect to run the show!!

    Why blame the media?? At least the guy has mugged up a few sentences in English to test the ruling rogues!!

    media is doing fine and any attempt to curb its freedom will only make you wholly lose your voice only for you to repent for ages!!

  14. Waqas Ishaq says:
    January 25th, 2011 8:18 pm

    Speaking English does not make you great or literate or smart. There are plenty of people in world as well as in Pakistan who might not know good English but are brilliant at what they do.

    For Mr. Osman who can you forget the things that Bush you to do those were even more hilarious then done by any of our politician.

    This is just the lowest form of journalism by some local Punjabi channel and it seems that person taking the interview is not fluent in English himself.

  15. kaliwal says:
    January 25th, 2011 11:51 pm

    Let’s first decide how educated the people need to be when we send them to decide about our destinies, do we agree they need to be educated and if yes then the reporter is not doing anything wrong no matter whats his purpose is….the politico’s are the ones……..I don’t say speaking english makes you any clever or qualified but let’s accept if you don’t know English you are probably not aware of much in the world and then look around us, english is everywhere….hence we need people that can at least communicate in ONE foreign language because some of them will be representing us as Forein Ministers etc…….!!!

  16. ShahidnUSA says:
    January 26th, 2011 6:27 am

    Let me start my comment by saying that the day I am in the agreement with most of my Pakistanis brothers and sisters, I would think that there is something seriously wrong in my way of thinking and I am not doing the justice to myself and others and the country would not be anywhere worse than where it is now.

    The gentleman who put up a question in the video is not expected to be correct in the grammar but he was cleared in his message to the generation before him. After all he is the by-product of that generation.

    Comments that I liked:

    “English is not our mother tongue and speaking English isn’t a criteria for judging someone’s level of intelligence”.

    “Seriously, If Indian media exposes the incapacity of their politicians to run the country, we enjoy it as some hilarious clips”.

    “masses will come to know about the dumb politicians they elected and whom they bestow their trust on in the hope of solving local and national problem”.

    “new born Pakistan media for exposing the truth”.

    “Even if you are on an English channel you can always give your answer in Urdu or Punjabi or whatever language you feel comfortable with. It’s their job to translate!”

    “We send these gentlemen and ladies off to the legislative assemblies”.

    ” We expect them to be educated enough to be “able” to speak a language which is very much part of our daily business”.

    A little self-dislike Introspection but I applaud the gentlemen who made this video that I would not call a “bhaunda joke” But rather a Cold reality
    “Karwa Ghoont”.

  17. ShahidnUSA says:
    January 26th, 2011 6:42 am
  18. January 26th, 2011 12:05 pm

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook page:

    - “It just shows the level of journalism in our country, they are more interested in Veena Malik and embarrassing Politicians then anything else.
    The interviewer couldn’t speak proper English himself and he was making fun of others who couldn’t speak English!
    English is not our mother tongue and speaking English or not has nothing to do with someone’s level of intelligence.”
    - “What Veena Malik did & What Salman Taseer said Is More Important than the On going rise of Poverty, Illiteracy, Terrorism, Intolerance..etc.
    Filthy Journalism!”
    - “before we make of fun of others ( which incidentally is an industry in itself ) , we should search ourselves ie if we care for any introspection.”
    - “News channels should understand their reversibility as News Channels … these are not ENTERTAINMENT channels !!”
    - “Agreed. Speaking English is irrelevant and not a necessary qualification for being a good politician. It shows the channel desplaying an inferiority complex and slave mentality !”

  19. AllahKaBanda says:
    January 26th, 2011 3:21 pm

    Most of the things are done in English in Pakistan….especially the judiciary, the bureaucracy and International agreements, etc
    What the fuck would a non-English knowing leader would help the country by not being able to speak English?? Will he rely on interpreters and translators who are good at twisting things out of their corrupt ways??? Nonsense. Electing such people as leaders is deadly for the nation!!
    As for the interviewer he seems to be a novice and perhaps on trial. did you see him again on any tv channel?? If not you cannot take an oddity to malign the whole media.
    If it weren’t for the media you would still be living in stone ages!!

  20. AllahKaBanda says:
    January 26th, 2011 5:21 pm
  21. Faizan says:
    January 27th, 2011 5:24 am

    If you can’t speak English, you should not be in government. It’s a good way to filter out fools.

  22. HarOON says:
    January 27th, 2011 7:08 am

    Faizan, a beter way to filter out fools is to identify the fools who think that anyone who cannot speak English is a fool!

  23. Ruszn Baloch says:
    January 27th, 2011 7:24 am

    His question is “How will come the prosperity in Pakistan?” and he is out there to make fun of others.

  24. fuzair says:
    January 28th, 2011 7:59 pm

    As usual the majority of posters (OK, I assume the proportions from doing a quick scan of the posts; I didn’t actually count; sue me!) have lost the point (which some have made well) that in Pakistan the government and business function in English (of sorts).

    Wow, five parenthetical statements in one sentence! That’s lousy English too!

    Anyway, if you cannot function at a reasonable level in English, you are ipso facto incapable of understanding any of the normal work of an MPA or MNA–reading bills, etc. Not that our clowns who can speak English do this but we can at least pretend they do!

    OF COURSE there is no correlation between English-speaking ability and intelligence; the correlation is between English and eduction or English and socio-economic class. But, as I said, there is a correlation between English and competence as an MPA/MNA (at least in terms of being able to understand the bills, etc).

  25. fuzair says:
    January 28th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Also interesting that Ch. Nadeem Khadim said that he is a British national. Wouldn’t that disqualify him from holding office as an MPA?

  26. Maskeenel says:
    January 31st, 2011 10:36 pm

    Mano, your MA doesn’t prove anything. MA in what?
    You could have achieved your MA in woodworking and that doesn’t qualify you as master of the English language.
    We have this problem every gama majha wants to be in the assembly and we are making that happen by sending them in there though our votes. It is a sorry state of the the country. And we are making history everyday.

    We have similar problems with the mullahs. A little study of deen and then comes the ability to pass judgment anywhere and on anyone and we are allowing that, also in the name of religion.

  27. riyaz says:
    February 2nd, 2011 9:37 pm

    dis is hilarious…

    To the reporter-
    “pleej english laarrn faast then aks others”

    hello pakistani bros.
    i am indian.i wish there was a “ALL THINGS INDIA”.
    wishes to ATP!!

  28. Saeed says:
    February 4th, 2011 11:58 pm

    Very funny and interesting.

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