Pakistan is these days regarded as a global headache, we are an allied state but our various governmental complexities and inefficiency make us a hard pill to swallow for anyone. The worst problem is of human rights abuses in Pakistan, which our foreign friends have a hard time explaining to their voting public. However strangely many such abuses in our neighboring areas are never shown the light of a front page or news room anywhere, whereas incidents in Pakistan are trumped up, overblown and repeated like a mantra.
One such example would be this story that tehelka broke recently in India. Where an ancient Muslim grave yard in Dahod, Gujarat has been ripped apart and bulldozed to make way for a road which had been approved some 32 years ago, but someone somewhere has now deemed it imperative to revive and complete. The results are obvious, with their ancestors bones strewn around in theÂ open dirt, Muslims of the area feel an intense discrimination against them by the local government authorities and might react in an even more extreme manner of protest.
So how come no one in our media or abroad has commented on this story? Or is it only when Hindu and christian temples are razed or burnt that the world goes amok? By and large Muslims all over the world have gotten the feeling after 9/11 that the international media is against them. Are they wrong to assume that Muslim culture and religion has been demonized like never before? Should they not balk when state dinners are thrown for Indian heads of state by our allies, when abuses such as these continue to be carried out with not even the slightest hesitation or fear of international outcry?
Is what happened in Dahod any less then what happened in Gojra? To me it is worse as in Gojra the attackers were a mob, while here the mob is actually replaced by the Indian government who is desecrating an ancient grave site on purpose.
My salute to Tehelka for making sure that their reporting is balanced and fair rather then sensationalist and state tilted. Maybe our broadsheets can learn a thing or two from them.
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