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Bloggers' trail: Bilawal Bhutto

Since his coronation last Monday, there has been a spurt of Facebook accounts named after him, reports Yashwant Raj.

delhi Updated: Jan 04, 2008 05:28 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times

Bilawal Zardari, the newest Bhutto, is also the new rage on Facebook, the social networking website. Since his coronation last Monday, there has been a spurt of Facebook accounts named after him.

But only the uninitiated would mistake any of them as an account set up by him. The apparently genuine one - Bilawal Lawalib - allows no access to any information.

Some of these accounts are straightforward enough, called Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Bilawal Zardari. But there are others with a twist: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari? Where'd he come from?

You know from the name the last one will not be kind to the young man. On message goes like this: "...he just seems so lost… he has no idea what to do … probably gonna ruin Pakistan."

Here goes one that Bilawal will like: "btw (net language for by the way), is it just me saying it or is everyone saying it, democracy is the best revenge." This comes from the Bilawal statement at the press conference.

Young Pakistanis who are trying to make sense of their politicians and the tragedy that has befallen their country, have posted all these messages and accounts, and they are having a free-for-all on the worldwide web.

Some of the postings are stunningly critical of Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister who was assassinated on December 27. They question her record as prime minister and the corruption charges against her.

One of those who set up a Bilawal account told the

Hindustan Times

: "n (and) by the way we are not opposing Bilawal getting the throne … just y (why) should we be sad on the death of a Bhutto…"

But there is enough support for the Bhuttos here, specially the young party chairman Bilawal. There is account that goes by this rather long name: The Bhutto Kid Is About As Hot As The Geico Caveman. (The GEICO Cavemen are popular characters in a series of television advertisements for the auto insurance company GEICO that aired in the US from 2004 to 2007.)

And here is how they are gushing about Bilawal: Man, I love Bilawal Bhutto like hell. I don't think he's hot, he's just very adorable. AND HE GOES TO OXFORD.

And so it goes on. Bilawal, the new Bhutto, has arrived.