The end of Turkey

Published: January 5, 2017
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The writer has been in top media and entertainment corporations in Bollywood for over a decade and can be found on twitter @tanuj_garg

The writer has been in top media and entertainment corporations in Bollywood for over a decade and can be found on twitter @tanuj_garg

Happy new year, homies. We start 2017 with the unfortunate demise of Turkey, which has been destroyed by its own hysteric drive against the Kurds. It is deeply mutilated and finished in every respect. A country that was once a throbbing tourist haven, the envy of its neighbours, and a beacon of stability between Europe and the Middle East, has swiftly transformed into a lethal death hole thanks to its insurgents, or as many believe, the covert actions of its insane quasi-dictator Erdogan, in a bid to retain power. It is scary that Erdogan is the sole arbiter for many political decisions, and most policymaking hinges on his ideas, whims and fancies. Turkish leaders are too selfish to change course, the opposition is too weak, the citizens too scared.

The country’s deteriorating relationship with Russia, one of its biggest markets, hasn’t helped its cause either. Visitor numbers have briskly tumbled, tour operators are either pulling out or folding, several countries have issued travel warnings against Turkey, social media remains blocked, the lira is in freefall mode, investors are running away because of the erosion of the rule of law, and the country is reeling under the after effects of political instability and continuous terror strikes.

In my previous column, I had written about the cold-blooded murder at point blank range of the Russian envoy in an Ankara art gallery. Last week, an assassin disguised as Santa, used his Kalashnikov rifle to indiscriminately gun down unsuspecting revellers at a night club on the eve of the new year. The day before, armed gunmen opened fire at a restaurant in Istanbul, injuring two. The country has been a witness to a spate of bloody attacks since mid-2015, including one at the Ataturk airport, a failed uprising in July, and numerous rocket attacks, car bombs, truck bombs, suicide bombs and improvised explosive devices left in refuse bins, crowded areas and on public transport, across the country. The incidents have been linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Kurdish militant groups, PKK and TAK.

With Turkey’s parliament voting in favour of extending the emergency rule by a further three months, what is evident is that nothing in Turkey is clearing out revellers. 

Tailpieces

1) Despite much talk that PIA would be suspending its services to India in light of the border incidents, I realised that the airline hasn’t practised what was proclaimed when I sighted one of its ageing Airbus aircraft perched in Mumbai a few days back. Similarly, Pakistani exhibitors whose ego got the better of them when they impulsively imposed a blanket ban on Bollywood movies, appear to have set aside the ban suddenly and are busy soliciting Hindi movies to keep their cinemas alive. Anyone with two grey cells will know what to make of this.

2) On November 8, Narendra Modi asked Indians for “50 days of pain to deliver the India of their dreams”. Most of India was sold to his utopian idea of demonetisation. More than 50 days later, it’s only the pain we’re left with.

3) Caught a short video of Mariah Carey’s New Year’s performance in Times Square. Google it if you can. To call it a monumental disaster, would be an understatement. Carey claims the event was a sabotage, as the producers let her perform with a broken earpiece. She stumbled through her short performance failing to sing for most of it, despite a pre-recorded track. As she walked off the stage embarrassed, she may have well bid adieu to her singing career, the final victim of 2016.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Varun
    Jan 6, 2017 - 10:09AM

    if Pakistan can successfully resist half a decade of a much worse terrorist war, and come out stronger, why do you think a season of violence is the end of Turkey?Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Jan 6, 2017 - 10:20AM

    Turkey is in shambles.No doubt about it.what founders dreamt about Turkey fell wayside and no wonder you can draw parallels with pakistan.They converge at some point and Erdogan is the New Zia UL Haq.The country is nose diving to its anarchy and chaos.Another moderate republic ruined by fanatical ruler and his clergymen.Recommend

  • Turko
    Jan 6, 2017 - 3:49PM

    Does it look like that from Pennsylvania?Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jan 6, 2017 - 7:07PM

    Erdogan is taking Turkey down the same path that Pakistan did in the late 1970s. Warning: There’s no coming back from it, the thriving tolerant Turkey that the world once knew might soon be history. Erdogan is on a power trip and needs a reality check before it’s too late.Recommend

  • Maqsood
    Jan 6, 2017 - 8:32PM

    @Ali S:
    It is called Pakistanization of Turkey. Turkey is not only swiftly moving to an authoritarian state but its Kurdish population under PKK is doing the same that Afghans did with Pakistan. They were called mujahidin then and now old wine in new bottles is being sold under the name “pesh-marg” (those who die on the front). Too many mercenaries all around the world and always ready at the call of their financier/s. Recommend

  • Trollslayer
    Jan 7, 2017 - 4:28PM

    It’s the end of Erdogan not Turkey.Recommend

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