Tarek Fatah’s recent tantrum: What two celebrities name their child

Published: December 24, 2016
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This is an almost 70-year-old man throwing a tantrum over what two bollywood celebrities decide to name their child. PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT

Unless you’re fairly active on Twitter, and/or have a genuine interest in expat Pakistanis who are active within sociopolitical circles, you might not be aware of who Tarek Fatah is. Originally from Karachi but now based in Canada, he writes a regular column for one of the country’s largest newspapers and has a frequent broadcast presence. In addition to this, he is a staunch critic of virtually everything Pakistan.

His criticism of Pakistan has its merits. However there are times where the gap between the truth and what Tarek Fatah perceives to be the truth is larger than the Grand Canyon.  But this isn’t about his one track mind towards Pakistan; this is about a recent development in neighbouring India. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor welcomed their first child into this world, and they named him Taimur. It all appeared to be normal, with the odd lunatic disgusted at the choice of a ‘Muslim’ name for their kid. But then Tarek Fatah went on a rampage and even penned down an article for the First Post on the mentioned issue.

This is an almost 70-year-old man throwing a tantrum over what two Bollywood celebrities decide to name their child. That, ladies and gentlemen, was the most critical issue facing the world that day. Or so Tarek Fatah would have you believe. But this isn’t the first time he shot from the hip.

In the past, he has accused Muhammad Ali Jinnah of paedophilia and statutory rape because he married the teenage Ruttie Jinnah.

The union was not usual of course, since Jinnah was in his 40s and Ruttie was only 18 when the two got married. But it does require an immense penchant of ridiculousness to be the first, and to date, the only man to accuse Jinnah of such severe sexual crimes.

This was not enough of course. He has also held Jinnah responsible for the spread of Islamic nationalism across the globe

But this should not come as a surprise once one does only a slight bit of research and dwells into the epic contradictions of Tarek Fatah’s career.

Tarek is a self-proclaimed Marxist, which means that if being buried at Highgate Cemetery didn’t make Karl Marx turn in his grave, then the thought of Tarek Fatah supposedly adhering to his worldview definitely will. He openly lent his support behind Stephen Harper’s right wing policies during Canada’s 2015 general elections, claiming that he did so because no else foresaw the threat of Islamism. Harper’s electoral campaign was built on division, and had a very visible negative vibe to it from his proposed policies to arguments against political opponents. While no one downplays the threat of radical Islam and the need to counter it, Stephen Harper was severely admonished in progressive circles across the globe. The fact that Tarek Fatah used his stance on Islam as the sole reason behind letting his pseudo-social democratic principles go not only speak volumes of his own credibility, it also sheds light on his naïve answers to the problem Islam faces today.

If lending support for Harper wasn’t enough, Tarek Fatah urged Americans to vote for Trump in the 2016 US elections. Karl Marx must rue the day Tarek got his hands on Das Kapital.

Criticism of Islam and Pakistan is fair. There are individuals who do that on a much more regular basis than Tarek Fatah, but their reasoning has solid foundations that are not restricted to the one brush Tarek Fatah paints all his arguments with. His arguments reek of childish grudges that he has held on to ever since he left the country after being imprisoned by military regimes, insisting that there is not a single ray of hope when it comes to Islam, or more importantly, Pakistan.

Of course modern day Islam and Pakistan have substantial problems that need to be fixed. But the way to do that is by having an objective analysis, not by the narrow-one-track-minded approach Tarek Fatah has taken throughout his career.

salman Zafar

Salman Zafar

The writer works in the Education Sector and tweets as @salmanzafar1985 (twitter.com/salmanzafar1985)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • wb

    If one reads this drivel of a blog, one gets the idea that the new existential threat and enemy of Pakistan is TAREK FATAH.

    Ignoring the fact that this entire blog is hate filled, let me get to the points where the blogger falls flat.

    “This is an almost 70-year-old man throwing a tantrum over what two Bollywood celebrities decide to name their child. That, ladies and gentlemen, was the most critical issue facing the world that day. Or so Tarek Fatah would have you believe.”

    So, age becomes important in a country whose President is 76 years old.

    Ladies and gentlemen, this author, like most Islamist fundamentalists, is trying to hide the truth here. What Tarek Fatah is talking about is not the name of a child. It’s a mindset that exists among Muslims, where a murderer of non Muslims, even innocent ones invariably becomes a Hero.

    “In the past, he has accused Muhammad Ali Jinnah of paedophilia and statutory rape because he married the teenage Ruttie Jinnah.”

    That is not an accusation. That’s a fact. At least have the integrity to acknowledge it.

    This is a lie. Ruttie was only 17 when Jinnah married her.

    In the end, this blog is a classic case of KILL THE MESSENGER because the message was so powerful and true that it made most Pakistanis uncomfortable.

    By the way, he forgot to mention that Tarek is a supporter of break Pakistan into four theory that’s gaining slow momentum the world over.Recommend

  • antistatus quo

    I donot know if this tariq fathi( ram gopal or krishna verma junga his name ) can claim his true name is namaloomRecommend

  • antistatus quo

    He makes statements 24/7…365 against pakistan…Recommend

  • antistatus quo

    throw some grass in front of a cow and milk it the way you like…..Recommend

  • Humanoids

    How the heck is it a stat. rape? He was married in a court of law right? was there a clause that no woman below 18 can marry? I can tell you 80% of Indo-Pak grand mothers were married at age 15 as well. It was a custom them to marry the girls young. Ruttie was not a girl from a remote village in Rajhastan, she was an educated girl. TF’s is retrospective analysis.
    Jinnah was an Islamist? Well he opposed both Khilafat movement and Israel creation while Gandhi (who labelled South Africa blacks kaffirs) supported Khilafat and opposed Israel- latter is a hall mark of an Islamist not the former.Recommend

  • M. S. Chaudhry

    There had been no problem if Mr. Jinnah had also been a teenager. 47 year old marrying a 16 or 17 years old is the real issue and worst is another fact. Ms. Ruttie was daughter of his best friend and she belonged to another religion. Belonging to another religion is not an issue but Mr. Jinnah did not allow his own daughter to marry to a person of another religion. Isn’t that double standard and hypocrisy?Recommend

  • M. S. Chaudhry

    What was age of Mr. Nehru at that time and was she daughter of his best friend. Real issue is age difference and double standard of Mr. Jinnah who did not allow his own daughter to do the same.Recommend

  • M. S. Chaudhry

    True, minimum marriage in Canad is 16 but issue here is that a 47 year old married a 17 years old and started dating when she was 16. Where in law marriage age is 16, parents or guardians consent is also mandatory which Mr. Jinnah did not bother to seek. Try doing it in Canada and see how 47 year old is cut into pieces. Please read the law in detail. Mr. Jinnah was not only too old, Ms. Ruttie was daughter of his best friend and belonged to another religion. Belonging to another religion is acceptable but he showed double standard when his own daughter wanted to marry a Parsi.Recommend

  • Drone-Aacharya

    Truth hurts.Recommend

  • wb

    Integrity? Really? So, an arranged marriage in which the groom had little to no say in, is comparable to a case where a 45 year old runs away with a minor?

    Now, you test your integrity and take a selfie after you test yourself and then post here. It tickles me when Pakistanis talk about honesty and integrity and especially hate.Recommend

  • Khalid Masood

    This man Tariq Fateh is either totally senseless person or he is on the payroll of Indian Intelligence Agencies….

    I watched his idiotic ideas on YOUTUBE….

    He thinks, believes and preaches… Everything Anti-Pakistan ……….

    He does not know that he will never succeed in damaging Pakistan…..

    Anyone who tried to damage Pakistan… from outside or from inside… has been made example by ALLAH Almighty….

    Pakistan was created for some purpose and we are going to fulfill it… In Sha ALLAH.Recommend

  • Khalid Masood

    who stop Tariq Fateh from showing MIRROR to Indians …. where rape is rampant even on the street of Indian Capital.. Corruption is High and Racism graph is rising like a hi-tide… Shame on Indians…Recommend

  • Allah Rakha

    Let’s face the facts – Since Tarek Fatah speaks the blatant truth and also exposes Pakistan in his own way, that makes every Pakistani uncomfortable, it is the same way your TV anchors sitting on news programs propagate false theories about India and it’s people. The only difference is that Tarek Fatah speaks the truth whereas later do not even understand what India is!!Recommend

  • antistatusquo

    Tariq fatehi ,cannot speak a single truth when he is asked to say except against his false claims against Pakistan.
    ………let him say a single word against INDIA or WEST……..?……..He is intentionally being allowed to spit venom against Pakistan by those who have their vested interest in such a propaganda,.

    He never know the history……..i can challenge “””its very hard for him to search his father even”””” bcz his name TAIQ is an Arabic name and his father is not supposed to be from that ethnicity????????
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  • rationalist

    What does rule of law have to do with child rape/marriage? In any civilized society it is rape when a 45 or 54 year-old geezer has sex with a 16, 17 or 8 year old girl child. If is the “law”, it is a wrong law.Recommend

  • antistatusquo

    wb ,i have no hate against any community…..if some one continuously assault you with nonsense…then at least to show that person his true face in mirror is the duty of the complainant…..hope you sail in truth and free of hateRecommend

  • Mo

    Take a deep breath. You’re clearly Indian, given the inherent bias. Talking of statutory rape, don’t forget Nehrus debauchery; a certain Lady Mountbatten comes to mind. Anyway, I don’t think the law in the early 1900s prevented men from marrying girls that young. In fact if you are South Asian, am almost certain that your entire lineage is peppered with products of statutory rape by your definition. So calm down, laws that govern the world have changed significantly in the last 100 years. Secondly, the deep rooted hatred and bias that you and Tarek have for Muslims have led you to ignore the personal sentiments of the parents in naming their child. Without having their side of the story you’re free to conjure whatever reason you wish. Conduct a poll and you’ll find no one in your country barring the pseudo intellectuals will have any recollection of who or what Taimur was. In Pakistani textbooks his mention is muted. Probably a deliberate action on the governments part. The fact that so called liberals get so easily offended is quite disconcerting. Simple reasoning should apply. If they named their child because they think Taimur was a hero and his name should live on to annoy a billion Indians, you have every right to get upset. But if they named their child because they are ignorant of history and just liked the phonetics, the world should try and move on. Should we all boycott Tarek Fatah because there used to be a barbaric general in the Turkish army by that name 600 years ago?Recommend

  • CHARLIE HEBDO

    Tarekh Fateh rips Pakistan, in every conversation.Recommend

  • wb

    r u sure? I thought Pakistan was beyond repair? In fact it was configured with flaws!!!Recommend

  • Khalid Masood

    I feel like laughing on your childish comments..Recommend