26 November, 2020

A Dandi For Isloo

Pakistan’s India-myopic media dream of an Anna of their own

A Dandi For Isloo

Rarely does the Pakistani media evince interest in India’s domestic happenings, not even in its exciting political slugfests. But in a sharp departure from this norm, both English and Urdu newspapers sizzled this week with the news about Anna Hazare and his defiance, and the growing clamour against corruption in India. Something about his frontpage visage—Gandhi topi, spectacles, winsome smile—seems to have prompted Pakistanis to interpret his call to Indians as one to them too. As telling them it’s time they launch a crusade against corruption in their own country.

As Hazare was packed off to Delhi’s Tihar jail and the crowds began to mass in his support, Hazare was among the top headlines on news channels. As for the newspapers, they carried multiple stories and churned out editorials in his support. The common refrain being whether the moment has come for Pakistan’s Hazare to rise, to combat the perennial malaise of corruption plaguing the country, over which presides Asif Ali Zardari, who’s...



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