LAHORE Excluding expatriates, certainly all Punjabis are Pakistanis first. This is followed by divergent divisions along ethnic, linguistic and religious lines, never meant to adversely affect patriotism and association to much-cherished ideology as a nation. Simultaneously, these classifications do not snatch the very right of keeping ones traditions and languages alive by religiously following their forefathers. Dissenting views are entertained on the subject. One school believes that the natural process should be allowed to take its course, while the second is of the view that there is no harm in adopting 'internationalisation since it is swiftly spreading across the globe, and peoples are happily wearing it on. Entirely opposite to these two are the people, deeply entrenched in old traditions and their off-shoots, asserting and demanding that these should be kept in tact, and the younger generations should follow and observe them unfalteringly. In this perspective, the Punjabi-speaking people across the world also stand divided. Nevertheless, the on-ground situation regarding the Punjabiat not as a political slogan or division sans attaching any negativity to it is thinning out fast in the Punjabi speaking areas when one keeps in mind the old traditions, language, eating habits, clothing, literature, and films. One of the greatest revered features of the Punjabis, also of others speaking different languages, was that of respecting elders without any consideration, whether they belonged to the same family or not. People now in their 60s, 70s and beyond are appalled at the attitude of the younger generation when it comes to respecting them. To bring their viewpoint home, these elders narrate episodes of how their fathers and grandfathers use to 'man them, and how they remained subservient even in the absence of their parents. We would hold them in high esteem with unflinching fidelity. My dada could take me to task for anything he disliked even when I was father of two children, told in his mid-60s Qazi Riaz Hussain, who enumerated events when he virtually avoided seeing his father fearing his wrath when as a young man, he had made any mistake. To him, females observing code of ethics like not wearing half-sleeves, covering heads, never sitting cross-legged in the presence of elders, and many more which is not the case anymore. It has nothing to do with being modern, or it will bring you to any disrepute of being ancient or one will not succeed in life. It is the inherent value of the society, which is entirely missing now, he bemoaned. He believes that only this aspect is practised, a lot of social problems will be automatically resolved. The worst case scenario is the maltreatment being meted out to the language. People are actually banishing Punjabi from their day-to-day communication. Besides the female fad 'cant speak Punjabi you know pronouncing it in 'PunjEnglish accent a generation is growing up which virtually hates speaking Punjabi whereas the parents are Punjabi speaking. This means that in a few years time, there would a bigger Punjabi speaking population, which would be speaking Urdu or 'UrEnglish very proudly, and could only understand the language as long as it had Urdu words. In a few social arenas, speaking Punjabi is hated, especially by the upstarts. No one denies the reality that Urdu is our national language, and we must learn to speak and write it, but speaking Punjabi should not be a crime, maintains young advocate Mian Imran, who except pleading his cases in English and Urdu, but loves to speak Punjabi. The situation is further complicated by the apathy of the government, which is least bothered about keeping the language alive. Institutions have been established, but their working in either on papers or finishes it agenda after holding a few events. Also one does not find representative dailies and monthlies in double digits, which are considered to be entities less known to all and sundry. On the front of traditional dresses, the Punjabis are also least bothered about keeping it intact. In the rural areas, less number of people are seen wearing dhoti-kurta, virtually no youth, while only a handful elderly, who have rejected the repeated coaxing of their educated children that they should abandon dhoti-kurta. In urban belts, one could hardly see the dress, except fashionistas making men cat-walk on the ramp wearing the Indian (especially Rajasthani) style. However, a few still wear dhoti-kurta as a sleeping gear. Also the traditional food is fastly losing taste buds, especially since the launch of the multinational junk food and other eateries. Saag, Bajra and makai rotis, Lassi, Makhan, punjeeris, and other delicacies have lost spaces in the stomachs of the present generation, which also has been so because the kitchens have been barred by the traditional occupants from going through the tedious exercise of preparing their delicious foods. These have been replaced by quick-to-be-cooked edibles for which the market is filled with all the requisite paraphernalia. Lastly, during the recent years, the Lollywood has produced quite a few films in Punjabi, but these are usually for those who are already speaking Punjabi, and most of them, are more interested in watching a few songs. This situation demands that the spirit is revived in order to keep the traditions alive by the general public, which must take pride in being Punjabis, instead of attaching guilt to it.