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Birds of a father

india Updated: Jan 01, 2009 23:03 IST

We in the subcontinent are great believers in keeping things in the family. And political power is no exception as the dynasties around us show. A new one appears to be in the making, that of the Zardari line.

The present president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, managed to land the big one thanks to the legacy of his late wife, the charismatic Benazir, who shot into the limelight courtesy Papa Bhutto. Now Prez Zardari has decided to branch out and strengthen the family roots. A proposal is floating around that he may install his old man, Hakim Ali Zardari as president and take over a PM himself. Who is this gent, you’ll ask? Is he qualified to preside over a nation where non-state actors are springing up like mushrooms after a seasonal shower? We’d tell you if we knew. Now we know that all politics functions on an element of surprise, but this one surely takes the cake, the plate and the trimmings. Of course, in the US, we have seen the reverse when an established politician and war veteran George Bush senior made it clear that his heir apparent would be son George, fondly referred to as Dubya by all. While poppy Bush was wowing them in the Senate, Dubs was careening from coast to coast soaking up the beer mats. As junior famously said, “Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”

Our question is why should Asif stop at just elevating Papa. Bring on the whole family, we say. After all, family-iarity breeds attempt. Dad’s the way to go.