January 31st, 2010 by Shakir Lakhani

When I ran a salt factory, I would always wonder why my illiterate workers would advise me to sacrifice a goat whenever business was bad. And it was no use trying to convince them that there was no connection between the killing of an animal and market forces. And even after we had killed the goat and distributed its meat, nothing would come out of it. The business would recover only after stocks in the market ran out.

But why does the President of Pakistan have to regularly sacrifice black goats to strengthen his position? He at least is not illiterate. And why should it be a black goat?

I always thought black was associated with bad luck. Maybe those who talk regularly about black magic can shed some light on this. But in the meantime, I think it would be a good idea for farmers to buy all the black goats in the market and sell them to superstitious people later at a fat profit. Or maybe they can breed black goats. Or even sell goats painted with thick black paint.