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  17. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
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  19. Steering Through Turbulence
  20. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  21. NAYA PAKISTAN?
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  23. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  24. Shutting the Door on Refugees
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  30. Annus Horibilis
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  35. Power Over Impulse
  36. Refugees and Migrants are People too
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  38. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  39. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
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  41. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  42. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
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  56. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
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Mon, Jun 24, 2019
  1. Dissecting Pakistan’s Problem with Discrimination
  2. Preparing Tweets As Important As Preparing Guns
  3. Using Cricket to Heighten Hate
  4. The Art of Perception Management
  5. India’s Toxic Nationalism with a Runaway Media
  6. India’s Unhinged Media
  7. Khalid Zahid: Transforming Saudi Art
  8. Now Walk the Talk, Imran
  9. Violence against Minorities
  10. Unsheltered
  11. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
  12. How to Encourage Terrorism
  13. Faisalabad in 2028
  14. Mental Illness & the Progress of a Nation
  15. Child Sexual Abuse
  16. Living amongst the clouds : Aalia Bux
  17. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
  18. Many Cookies still to Crumble
  19. Steering Through Turbulence
  20. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  21. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  22. Making ADR work for Women
  23. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  24. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  25. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  26. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  27. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  28. Come on Skipper !
  29. GUMM
  30. Annus Horibilis
  31. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  32. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  33. Method in the Madness
  34. Legal System Reforms
  35. Power Over Impulse
  36. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  37. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  38. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  39. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  40. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  41. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  42. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  43. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  44. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  45. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  46. NEWS PICKS
  47. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  48. Fitness with the Mughal
  49. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  50. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  51. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  52. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  53. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  54. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  55. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  56. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  57. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  58. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  59. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  60. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  61. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  62. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  63. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  64. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  65. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  66. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  67. Money for nothing, bits for free
  68. FinTech
  69. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  70. Crisis of Civilization
  71. Child Sexual Abuse
  72. Education is the only Solution
  73. Fit for Purpose
  74. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  75. Mini meringue recipe
  76. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  77. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  78. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  79. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  80. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  81. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  82. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  83. Five major political events of 2017
  84. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  85. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  86. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  87. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  88. What we can learn from Ghalib
  89. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

Whipping up war hysteria, and accusing Pakistan without a shred of evidence cannot lead to anything good

After the suicide attack that killed 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Pulwama, the notorious, tired, blame game from India began. When Jaish-e-Mohammad ostensibly took responsibly for the attack, the verbal aggression against Pakistan accelerated further as India has continuously accused Pakistan of funding these homegrown militant groups. Watching these tragedies unfold is heart wrenching enough, but to see how the aftermath is dealt with leaves us feeling hopeless.

The war hysteria drummed up by sections of the Indian media has reached fever pitch. It is mind boggling that such a severe lack of nuance is accepted by the Indian public. Arnab Goswami’s show on Republic TV is a prime example of that. The format of his shows is very simple. The screen is split up into ten boxes, where the Indian guests and Goswami shout anti-Pakistan rhetoric at the Pakistani guests. Goswami insults and does not allow his Pakistani guests to respond in order to degrade and humiliate. He clearly loves the sound of his own voice. I am not sure if he has ever been told that his sanctimonious diatribes in his piercingly shrill voice are extremely nauseating.

“I am not sure if he has ever been told that his sanctimonious diatribes in his piercingly shrill voice are extremely nauseating.”

It seems as if the show deliberately invites Pakistani guests who have trouble with the English language because when they attempt to express themselves in anger, they often sound ignorant and inarticulate, hence making the Pakistani side, look daft. It is all very well crafted, and the Pakistanis who agree to sit on Goswami’s show should know this. Why they continue to participate in this farcical circus is beyond me.

Goswami’s behaviour on his program reveals that the narrative in large parts of the Indian media has become extremely childish. The fact that shouting at people and speaking over them qualifies as journalism is worrying. There is no dearth of hardworking and responsible journalists across the border. It is awfully strange that the media fraternity have not called out Goswami and his sidekicks. The environment that Goswami and his lackeys create breeds further intolerance and hysteria, and I am sure they know that. While their discourse lacks substance, and borders on the ridiculous, it is still tremendously dangerous.  Polluting the public’s thoughts with hate over reason will ensure that the mindset will stay the same for generations to come. There was another program on ‘India Today’ where former President Musharraf was being interviewed. Above the host, there was a ticker which was titled ‘Naya Terroristan’- if they insist on being insulting, the least they can do is be wittier with their insults.

Prime Minister Imran Khan gave a strong and mature response to India’s allegations. He rightly highlighted that attacking India does not serve Pakistan’s purpose. By antagonizing its neighbors, Pakistan will be doing itself a disservice he argued. It is heartening to see that the Pakistani leadership and the media have been conducting themselves with a great deal of maturity on this matter.

While Pakistan has handled this situation in a dignified manner, one feels that when this incident eventually blows over, the same thing will happen all over again, and we will be back to square one. The only way to move forward is to create a new narrative which is based on dialogue and regional peace.

However, this will not happen till the next generation comes to the helm. The youth of both countries do not carry the scars of partition and the pain of the 1965 and 1971 wars. The mindset of the younger generation is not one of hate and intolerance, but it will become that if the Goswami-like narrative is allowed to continue. Let’s face it: it is the ingrained hatred of the previous and current generation that hinders progress. Of course, it is far more complex than that, but we will not be able to reach the first step with hatred at the fore. It is crucial for young Indians and Pakistanis not to fall into the same trap as their parents and grandparents. The mindset of fear, hate, and intolerance can only be diminished by those who are not burdened by the baggage of the past.

India needs to realize that the days of hegemonic bullying are coming to an end. Conquering and continuing to occupy territory is not working anymore. The time has come to work towards regional peace. The majority of the population in both countries is living in acute deprivation and want. Do our people really need to be engaging in constant conflict? Or should we make a concerted effort to put our differences aside and work for the betterment of our people. The constant blame game and unearthing of skeletons of in the media is not going to improve the human condition.

“The mindset of fear, hate, and intolerance can only be diminished by those who are not burdened by the baggage of the past.”

To blame Pakistan for the Pulwama attack before the probe has even begun shows how unhinged the Indian leadership looks. Their media is making matters worse with their irresponsible anti-Pakistan rhetoric. Pakistan has once again extended an olive branch to India. It is up to them to take it. However, with Prime Minister Modi’s angst about the upcoming elections, he is unlikely to respond to Pakistan positively.

By: Ali Gauhar

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