schumacher-ing in karachi

who cares if raikonnen and schumacher never come to our city? we have our own racing scene, right? and underground is almost more thrilling (if thats possible) than formula one. but when we talk about the real desi racing scene, lets talk about the real desi racing scene.

today karachi will proudly host the chief secretary cup. a donkey cart race from kothari parade to governor house. apparently the idea is to promote sports “which represent the vibrancy of sindh”. a xenophobic approach to curtailing activities foreign to our own. don’t get me wrong. i have no issues with this race. they can race penguins on sharae faisal for all the difference it makes to me. at least it gives people something to do. but they have to get the reasons right. “the government wants to re-establish the tradition of donkey cart race as people are preferring foreign sports over their own and this race is one of the identities of the province and city and the public should be involved in it.” the words in bold strike me as a bit ridiculous. the government can’t tell me which sport i should be involved in.

but anyways the race is on. anyone with a high class state of the art donkey cart can take part. read more. and if someone just happens to be there at the right time and can take a pic or two, please post them here. for now, i better go call my bookie…

7 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 11:03 am

    Xil: you beat me to the punch! i had a post all written up, only to find out yours

    So instead of having a new one.. i’ll post mine on this thread.. hope you dont mind.

    – Start of My post on the same topic –
    Every thursday night, for as long as i can remember, there used to be a huge congregation of donkey carts near mai kolachi, or kharkhar chowrangi, from where they would race all the way to kharadar i believe. It used to be fun to look at them, and all the people cheering them on. It was/is a truly karachi tradition.

    Click here to see a banner put up for the race.

    The CDGK has now finally decided to honor this tradition! Tonight at 7 PM, there will be an ‘official’ donkey cart race from Khotari parade ground all the way to governer house. Dubbed the Chief Secretary Cup, it will be a great event for the masses of this fine city. If anyone can witness it.. let us know how it went.


  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 11:43 am

    I have never sat and watched the race but it really looks exciting watching the donkey carts competing in a very serious race.


  3. Saad (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm
  4. Zain (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    Xill – It seems you have issues with this race. Come on man now forgive the poor government. Doesn’t matter yaar, they are not forcing you to watch it..


  5. verysmart (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    hey.. sorry for being off topic… but is it possible for someone to get soem pictures of the new Abul Hasan Isphani Road?
    I have been reading stuff about it on Jang Website.. wanna know how does it look like.. is it a good addition to karachi?? any comments..


  6. SWA (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    Xil, you have a right to not like the race but IMO, the government is doing absolutely the right thing to give recognition to a local sport. We dont have to turn this into a local vs foreign war but Donkey-cart racing has been going on in Karachi since a long time and instead of banning it, the government has done the right thing to recognize it and promote it. Kudos to the CDGK. People should be encouraged at doing what they do best, thats where success lies.


  7. mansoor (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 1:09 am

    i second SWA



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