[Update]: Following the social media uproar on the deformed statue of Allama Iqbal, Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) have taken action. They have ordered that the statue be removed from Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park Lahore.
سوشل میڈیا پے وائرل ہونے کے بعد اقبال کے مجسمے کو اکھاڑا جا رہا ہے۔ pic.twitter.com/4jlRof0vbp
— Rai Shahnawaz (@RaiShahnawaz) February 2, 2021
It was claimed that it was the local gardeners who had funded and made the sculpture. However, later it was revealed that it was the Assistant Director Horticulture and Deputy Director Horticulture who led this project. And now, both have been suspended for inefficiency and negligence.
Someone once said, “A nation that forgets its heroes will itself soon be forgotten.” And a nation such as ours that has been achieved after quite some struggle should definitely not forget its heroes. One way of giving tribute to heroes is by placing their statues in public spaces. Our national poet, Allama Iqbal, is among such heroes, the person who dreamt of Pakistan.
Allama Iqbal – The National Poet
If one were to trace his poetry, they’d find that in the beginning, his poetry was all about the unity of the sub-continent. But later on, he realized that for Muslims to get their own identity and flourish, they needed their homeland. Unfortunately, he could not live to see the founding of Pakistan. But his poetry is still cherished and loved. Aside from that, his poetry was also focused on motivating the youth.
The poet’s statue was raised in Gulshan e Iqbal Park Lahore. And it was not going to go ignored now, was it? But Pakistanis have outright rejected this statue because they find it deformed. There was sarcasm overflowing on the topic, and there was also criticism, and it may not be misplaced.
1. Arts Students could have done a better job?
Koi arts ka student bhi es sy behter mujasma bana sakta tha.
Ye kahin sy bhi #AllamaIqbal lg rhy?
Iqbal ke Shaheeno ny unka he mazak bana diya ha.
Afsoos sad Afsoos ! pic.twitter.com/n8FwtYlqV2
— Huda Shah (@hudaaashahhh) February 2, 2021
2. A different Allama Iqbal
Well, not different but, certainly not the one we remember from the pictures.
— Kazim Hussain Channa🇵🇰 (@kazimhc19) February 2, 2021
3. People were comparing this to their own art performances
— Ali Zayn 🩺 (@alimujt25118080) February 2, 2021
4. Removing it?
Some were even requesting to have it removed because, for them, it is a sign of disgrace to the hero.
A humble request to @DCLahore to remove this sculpture frmIqbal Park Lhr. Frm nowhere it looks like Allama Iqbal. It’s a shame and disgrace to see this. Salute to the courage of those who approved this. @ChMSarwar @UsmanAKBuzdar @SHABAZGIL @FaisalJavedKhan #AllamaIqbal #Lahore pic.twitter.com/pdDpXPVcLc
— Ahmad Rehman (@iamahmadrehman) February 2, 2021
5. Sarcasm through poetry…
— Ghaniullah Aman (@GhaniullahA) February 2, 2021
6. Comparing it to the country
علامہ اقبال کے مجسمے کیساتھ وہ کیا گیا ہے جو جناح کے پاکستان کیساتھ کیا گیا ہے۔۔
— Nawab Sadam Bhatti (@NawabSadamBH) February 2, 2021
7. Yet another comparison
#AllamaIqbal ’s statue doesn’t surprise me at all … it’s in line with how we have deformed the country, it’s polity, it’s culture and ideology of its creation.
— Asif Khan Shinwari (@asifshinwari) February 2, 2021
Removing it or not is totally the decision of the authorities, but some improvements can be made to the sculpture. The next move can be to hire a proper sculptor who can try and salvage the statue.
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