Sunday, May 15, 2011

Random Graffiti observations

Asalamu alaikum,

A couple of months ago I had noticed a change in the graffiti along the main road in our little bit of Karachi.

Before there was amateurish looking spray painted graffiti, mostly in Urdu, but a bit in English. It was on almost ever bare wall, and the shutters of the stores. There were bits that supported the various political parties(MQM, PPP, PML{N or Q, take your pick}, ANP), and other bits that random nonsense.

More recently (I think it might have something to do with the tension/violence in Karachi the past couple months), the old graffiti was painted over and more professional graffiti was put up.

It is almost all supporting MQM. It seems to be positive graffiti, not trashing other political parties or anything like that.

There are some that seem slightly odd to me though. One piece in particular takes up a huge wall (probably at least 50 or more feet long), saying something about "empowerment for all" and "the symbol of revolution, Mr. Altaf Hussain". There are a couple others that call Altaf Hussain(leader of the MQM political party) "The Father of the Nation". That one kind of makes me confused as I thought the "father of the Nation" would be Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

I don't really think too much about it, as it'll probably wear off and/or be painted over in a while anyways, but it was kind of odd.


Umm Aaminah said...

Salaam sis. I would think, with what you have said, that the political party is paying someone to paint these slogans. When it's well-done with a recurrent theme, it takes on the whiff of advertisement or propoganda.

Insha'Allah, the voice of the people (so long as it's respectful!) will be heard again. :-)

Khadijah said...

Here in south Yemen, we see mostly paintings of the old south Yemen flag, and names of soccer stars. Two notable exceptions. This one was in Arabic: I have climbed the henna mountain"- I think that ones a bit risque. The second, in English, "I need good girl now my heart breaks for you" Don't know if he needs a specific good girl, or any one will do???

The Gori Wife said...

My husband's family are Mohajirs and live right in the heart of an big MQM area in Karachi, so I've seen a lot of Altaf Hussain stuff in the past 8 years :)