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The Wiki-leaks about India’s aggression sure fooled the Pakistanis. And we’re thrilled.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2010 21:50 IST

We never tire of reminding ourselves how unfortunate it is that we are not able to choose our geographical neighbours. But pesky, neurotic, obsessive neighbours often serve useful purposes. Pakistan, of course, is the case in point here, its newspapers having published fake Wikileak-like diplomatic cables that defame India in a tone remarkably similar to its own nationalistic tirade. The hoax having been unearthed (and the error attributed conveniently to an insignificant Islamabad-based news agency), Pakistan has ended up contributing new dimensions to the grand Wiki-discourse: that such leaks can serve as the stuff that propaganda wars are made of, and that piecemeal exposures are fertile grounds for such mischief.

Having lapped up the planted, wish-fulfilling details about 'geeky', 'incompetent' Indian generals, the Indian 'genocide' in Kashmir and India's sponsoring of militants in Waziristan and Baluchistan, a section of the Pakistani media have gone into a soul-searching mode, embarrassed at their gullibility to such malicious fodder. That act itself being an indulgence that the Pakistani press does not allow too much of, we can only offer our gratitude at the Wiki-altar for evoking reactions that rampaging terrorists on Indian soil have not been able to provoke.

The task is not over, though, for our neighbour who can help us prepare for the post-Wiki world where people will be forever watching their words as Wikileaks-clones are planted on unsuspecting family, friends and colleagues. Finally, when humanity falls silent and every man becomes an island, you, reader, would know who to thank.