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Pak media?s grudge

A leading daily in Pakistan says the Indian media has a ?blinkered perception? on everything, writes Meenakshi Iyer.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 15:39 IST

After accusing the Indian Government of going too slow on the peace process, the Pakistani media has found another Indian target for attack - the Fourth Estate.

The Indian media has a ‘blinkered perception’ on everything, leading daily Dawn says. The Indian print media sees only the "good" in India. A blind eye is turned to what is not so nice.

“…There seems to be an obsession that India is the best in everything and many articles are written around this theme… The print media in India…seems to focus on everything good giving the impression to readers that India has no grinding poverty, no hungry mouths to feed, no homeless to shelter…”

This is not the first time that the media moguls in Pakistan have been so acerbic about their counterparts here.

Earlier too, political analysts like Ikram Sehgal had pointed out that Indians created an illusion of their prosperity and feel-good outlook.

The editorial further complains that in India there is no positive coverage of Pakistan, apart from cricket.

“One could not but help notice the kind of coverage Pakistan gets in the Indian media. In fact, were it not for cricket, one could say that most of the coverage is quite negative.”

Taking Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s interview to the CNN-IBN channel as a case point, the paper says that it was largely ignored by the mainstream Indian media. Even if it was covered, the tone was ‘derisive’.

“The tone of some of the editorials was close to offensive and derisive in tone and content. A paper didn’t use the word ‘President' for Musharraf, instead referring to him as ‘general’ throughout.”

Coming to the issue of Kashmir, the paper says that the Indian newspapers toe the official line on Kashmir and Pakistan.

“It seems that on many occasions the press is much more hawkish than the Indian Government itself on this particular issue (Kashmir)…It seems that the media in India is not really interested in promoting peace with Pakistan since no efforts are being made – at least not in the mainstream press – to even consider or examine the merits or demerits of the proposals made by Pakistan President,” Dawn says.

After President Musharraf had suggested a new formula for peace between the neighbours, which was the demilitarisation proposal, the Indian media had opined that the “General should stop shooting from the lip”.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 15:39 IST