Of all places, the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, or rather its students, have been protesting at the rise in wagon fares. Why students? They dont work, and they dont have to earn the money that pays the fares. Apart from that, the Islamabad administration set a very bad example when it promised a rollback in the fares. That might seem a cheap populist move, but it has wider ramifications. First, it sends the people the wrong signal. They should be given the impression of an administration that is like granite in its resolve, both in its ability to stick to its decisions and in its ability to crush any opposition. Second, it means that the revision will not be restricted to the twin cities, but will extend throughout the province, where the people have already accepted the fares raises without protest, except in Lahore, where there was a closure of the Ferozepur Road, by the same combination of students and transporters. The Lahore fares were not revised, and the students paid up like gentlemen the next day. The same would have happened in Rawalpindi if the police had been allowed to do their job Bhowana-style. However, the real damage has been done to our image abroad, or rather that of the government, which has managed to appear weak-kneed and lily-livered at a time when it should promote the Bhowana method, which not only makes for efficient policing, but effective state control. What has happened in the twin cities should be seen in the light of the strategic dialogue which Pakistan will be having with the USA, or rather which the two Army chiefs will be having. How can the USA regard Pakistan, or rather its COAS, as a reliable partner in the War on Terror, if the federal capital has a strike led by students, and that strike is not put down by methods which the Bhowana, sorry Punjab, police are known for? None of the leaders of the strike have yet died in police encounters? Someone in the twin cities, and probably in the police, has not just been inefficient, but criminally inefficient, and should be punished accordingly. Someone also deserves punishment for confusing the Punjab Police with the Indian Punjab police, and using their trimurti in the logo, but have you ever heard of a copper being punished? Even, or rather especially, bent coppers, the contemptuous term applied to the geniuses who invented the Bhowana methods, and the ones who perpetuate them to this day. Though no one will admit it, Im sure those methods came into play in the Sahil kidnapping case, and helped us reach a resolution. Being bent is not just about taking money, but about the use of the correct method of policing. Such as in Bhowana. And then ascribing the results to fantastic police detective work. But while coppers probably get away, what price Railwaymen? It seems that Indian Eastern Railwaymen have placed the capital, Delhi, in Pakistan. They seem to have a pre-Partition map, or rather a pre-1905 map, which dates back to the time that Delhi was not the capital of British India, just a divisional headquarters in the Punjab. This was after it had been the Mughal capital for some centuries, a period which ended only with the Mutiny and the exile of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal Emperor, and whom the British recognized as the King of Delhi. At that time, the British Governor of the Bengal Presidency was based in Calcutta (now Kolkata) was also Governor-General of the whole of British India. So perhaps its only a coincidence that the Railways Minister, Mamta Bannerjee, is from Kolkata, but its a coincidence worth noting. And apart from the error placing Delhi in Pakistan, we have a good reason to remember Bengal too, because the plan to shift the capital from Calcutta to Delhi was accompanied by one to partition Bengal, creating a Muslim-majority province. The struggle launched over that province, which started with the Simla Delegation of 1906, led to the creation of Pakistan. Now that we are being free and easy with each others maps and territories, why not put in Indian territory all the match-fixers? Why not ban half the Indian cricket team? The only reason for not asking the Indian hockey team to retire is because that would be too honorable a course for them. They should have done so long, long ago. So the same people who banned Pakistani cricket players can also ban Indian hockey players. The problem India still suffers from is the loss of Lahore. No Indian city is quite as infuriating, or anywhere near as vibrant. And Lahore came to British India quite late, in 1849, after it had been in Sikh hands after Mughal. So if the British took their time, no one should probably blame the maps.