This Iqbal sculpture in Lahore is… uhh… artistic
Pakistan is a country of many talented individuals. What is unfortunate, however, is that these talented individuals don’t always get the spotlight that they deserve. That is the case with the extremely talented comedians on Pakistani social media because the trolling skills of Pakistanis are by far the best. This is exactly what we’re seeing currently as a new sculpture of Iqbal was recently unveiled.
A new Allama Iqbal sculpture was recently placed in Lahore and it has drawn many people’s attention for all the wrong reasons
Recently someone spotted a recently placed statue of the national poet in Gulshan-e-Iqbal in Lahore. What caught the person’s eye was how the artist had taken liberty with the subject by making the sculpture such that it did not appear to resemble the man himself.
Iqabl's sculpture in Gulshan-e-iqbal Lahore, there is nothing wrong about the sculpture except the part that it doesn't really look like Iqbal pic.twitter.com/zuNyrvXrmB
— Laila (@Laila_Taariq) February 1, 2021
Of course, people were quick to notice this interesting sculpture
Quickly, the sculpture spread across social media with many people commenting about the shockingly unique artistic liberties taken by the creator of the sculpture.
What you have done with Iqbal's caricature. Shame on you guys.#caricature #onlybreath #AllamaIqbal #iqbal #founder pic.twitter.com/grw6vNqRQY
— Abdullah Chauhdary (@AbdullahCh1998) February 2, 2021
This is totally a national embarrassment!
PLEASE HAVE THIS REMOVED!
Learn to respect, not making a reason for making fun!
Who made this?#AllamaIqbal #Lahore pic.twitter.com/KdoGZNvf4d
— MUNIB HAMID (@MunibHamid) February 2, 2021
Some people were quite offended at this Iqbal sculpture in Lahore
What in the name of God & justice , is this abomination ??😳😳 Where are all the lawyers in his family , move a petition in the court .This is not our beloved leader #AllamaIqbal by any angle 🙄🧐 @DCLahore @NasiraIqbal3 sahiba, please do something. https://t.co/UeRP0UFdZG
— Asma Naseem (@Wisevenus) February 1, 2021
Then began savage trolling of this recently placed Iqbal sculpture in Lahore
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— Dr. Reza (@hasnainraza11) February 1, 2021
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Result = #AllamaIqbal #Statue #Iqbal #Lahore #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/Nu2MqsBlYl
— Rohail Ramzan Ali (@RohailRamzanAli) February 2, 2021
Some began wondering what the Iqbal sculpture in Lahore resembled since it didn’t resemble Iqbal himself
For a second I thought they had replicated (and modified) the priest king statue from Mohenjo Daro.
Tauba hai, the sculptor needs to opt for a different vocation.
— Maria Sartaj (@MariaSartaj) February 1, 2021
For reference, this is the Mohenjo Daro priest this commenter is talking about:
Honestly, I can see more resemblance with this than with Allama Iqbal so I would say I agree with the commenter.
Others wanted answers for what they considered a blunder by the authorities in letting this tribute be made to the national poet
Who did this blunder in #GulshanIqbal Park #Lahore.
A cheap tribute 2 a legend like #AllamaIqbal is disgusting.@GovtofPunjabPK @UsmanAKBuzdar, @SHABAZGIL sb please look into this.
It should be removed & a new, good one should be eracted!#عوامی_وزیراعظم_عوام_کےساتھ#HelloMrNiazi pic.twitter.com/LgjSeailFQ
— umar ishaque butt (@capisces) February 2, 2021
There were references made to other similarly bad tributes toward national heroes in the past, like this shocking Jinnah cake
Quaid and Iqbal under current government.#Pakistan#quaideazam#Allamaiqbal pic.twitter.com/tJfYlO0kEL
— Ali Rasheed (@imalirasheed) February 2, 2021
What do you think of this…. uhh tribute to Iqbal? Sound off in the comments below.
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Cover image: The Allama Iqbal Collection / @Laila_Taariq via Twitter