Indian media tries to drag the royals visiting Pakistan into the controversy
A sizeable section of Indian media who is already overdosed with Pakistan's jealousy and envy is once again hand in glove with each other to pull out verbosity portraying a negative image of Pakistan and attempt to drag the ceremonial and symbolic tour of Royals into a hot political debate.
- Royal visits, usually, don’t accompany the political rifts and have nothing to do with what exactly going on except some positive sort of contributions in the country where they arrive.
- India, the country that ones supposed to be a secular democracy is turning into a blind alley and leaving no space for the political and cultural diversity that was once its leverage.
The history of the Royals coming to visit Pakistan is decades old and dates back to Queen Elizabeth 2 who visited the country twice in 1971 and in 1997. Prince William’s mother – the iconic Lady Diana also landed here many times and her last visit was to attend a fundraising event for the Shaukat Khanum.
The ongoing visit by the Duke and Dutchess that comprises a 5-day long tour aims at paying respect to the historical relationship between Britain and Pakistan and it will largely focus on showcasing what the country is today – a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation, read a statement from the Kensington Palace.
The royals would be participating in programs related to people’s empowerment, promoting education, and climate awareness. They will also be visiting the various locations of the country presumably giving a diplomatic boost to the tourism sector of the country.
Royal visits, usually, don’t accompany the political rifts and have nothing to do with what exactly going on except some positive sort of contributions in the country where they arrive.
But a sizeable section of Indian media who is already overdosed with Pakistan’s jealousy and envy is once again hand in glove with each other to pull out verbosity portraying a negative image of Pakistan and attempt to drag the ceremonial and symbolic tour of Royals into a hot political debate.
A news-anchor on the Indian News Channel News NewsX raised some despicable questions and asked: “Will the royal couple have the courage, conviction, and morality to ask why minor girls are being converted to Islam and married off? Will they have the courage to ask what this forward-looking country is doing to its Balochis, Sindhis, and other communities and converting them in one of the most backward regions of Pakistan?”
She continued: “Will the royal couple do more than just photo sessions with their Oxford-educated friend ‘Taliban Khan’? What followed the same kind of questions she asked from the guests who were in attendance at the show and most of them came up with the same anti-Pakistan remarks and hate-based propaganda.
Not just they tried to politicize the royal trip but also go the extra mile in Pakistan’s hate and bring in the topic of ‘Jihad’ into the discussion. One of the guests on the show gave a reference for some viral video from social media and asked: “If education is the area can you use the children for the purpose of ‘Jihad’?” The guest particularly pointed fingers at the royal couple for not having concerns about such a scenario in which children appear to be pushed into the narrative of ‘Jihad.’
The irony lies when media who was supposed to play the role of watchdog and highlight the pros and cons of actions of those sitting in the corridors of power; media who is supposed to bring into the limelight the ills prevailing in the society is all indulging in a war-mongering against a neighboring country.
This is witnessed in India the country that ones supposed to be a secular democracy is turning into a blind alley and leaving no space for the political and cultural diversity that was its leverage. All this happening under the BJP’s Government who twice rose to power just to inflict more harm to the Indian diversity and to instigate a multi-dimensional agony against the minorities living there.
Gujrat Riots, various lynching incidents that happened in India recently, turning of lone Muslim majority Indian state into prison are not all but some of the true demonstrations of what exactly going on in Gandi’s India.
Lack of inter-state interactions at trade, diplomatic, cultural, and at the public level is perceived as one of the main reasons why the Middle Eastern States are suffering from consistent political disarray.
Besides geopolitical and cultural history, both the countries do share some similar sort of social ills and challenges but the mindset that is adding to the conflict and stand-off is doing nothing but to halt the progress of these nations by stopping them from furthering the mutual interactions on political, trade, industrial and at diplomatic levels.
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