India-Encircled by Illusions

In the aftermath of Mumbai attacks the Indian media and GOVT is in a very aggressive mood. This is not something unusual for us keeping in mind their past record. Since the inception of Pakistan the Hindus are reluctant to accept the very existence of Pakistan.

The Indians are so used to blaming Pakistan, no matterĀ  what happens in their country so Pakistan is blamed for it. We the Pakistanis are used to blaming our own self no matter what happens but this thing is completely opposite in the case of Indians they blame others for anything that goes wrong. If somebody attacks Indian parliament Pakistan is blamed for the attack, if a train which is carrying most of the Pakistanis is bombed in India (Samjhota Express) so Pakistan is blamed for it. there are 16 freedom movements in India and Pakistan is blamed for all of them, even if Manmohan Singh sneezes so they will say that the virus has come from Pakistan.

I was surprised to see that during the first few hours of the Mumbai blasts the Indian were blaming Pakistan without any investigation, evidence and proofs. Indian media is used to presenting their Police’s perspective and over reacting. they are used to presenting their army, Police and country above anything in the universe. That’s why it was quite hard for them to accept the intelligence failure on their part. Every hour they were denying whatever they earlier. Once you lie, you will always have to lie to protect your lies that’s what the Indian did. their media kept on lying. Everybody was expecting that the India media will show maturity because they have spent all their time in a democratic environment unlike ours. There are some examples where Indian media has done some good job but this one is not the greatest of examples.

The first reason the Indian GOVT attacked Pakistan is that elections are round the corner. The BJP has already accused the Manmohan Singh GOVt to be softer when it comes to terrorism, the other accusation is that Congress is eyeing on Muslim votes, so to acquit itself from these accusation and get away with its failure to stop the terror attacks the Indian GOVT opted for the traditional recipe that was to throw everything on Pakistan’s shoulders.

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Tentative Media

Media is the first and foremost front in any war in today’s globalized world. if we talk about our media (Pakistani) so it is believed to be one of the most outspoken media in the region.

sometimes back there were blasts in mumbai, what we saw after that attacks was in instant uproar in the media about the condemnation of the those bombings. All the politicians and celebs were decrying and calling down the bombings. There was an immediate campaign against those attacks, keeping aside indian media’s silence on other issue like Babri Masjid, Gujrat etc.

But that uproar in Indian media about the 7-11 bombing was a perfect example how media can play its part when it comes to condemning the terrorist attacks.

Now if we talk about Pakistani media, i haven’t seen a single media campaign except ” ye hum nahin” which appears on TV once in a week. The media is tentative in its stance to deprecate such attacks in Pakistan. None of the anchors is ready to launch an aggressive campaign to boost the morale of the nation. Every now and then we just see a new bulletin that a bomb blasted.

What ever we are watching on tv these days about these attacks is “NEWS”, only information. There is no investigative reporting which is the very essence of sinewy media. But what we get to see on TV are the so called intellectuals, who present and propagate what ever they think is right rather than talking about things which are of national interest. But because of the mushroom growth of media we have a dearth of Intellectuals and anchors who can talk people.

The anchors should support and set the agenda according to the national interest instead of talking fun, and delivering information instead of knowledge. That’s how they can help the nation and will be thanked for their services.

What we need to do is to combine as a nation, be it the media, politicians, celebs or be the ordinary man to save our coming generation from this menace.