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Ministers of Truth: Masters of Doublethink, Doubletalk

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These days, one can find pro-establishment mouthpieces in wholesale quantities in Pakistan.

Don’t know how they have managed it, but the result is fantastic. Everyday, we find articles, analysis, predictions, and posts, humiliating the politicians who are yet to take their seats, blaming them for all things that have happened and that which may happen. The propaganda bombardment is immense, incessant, and from all sides.

The mouthpieces come in all shapes and sizes; paid journalists, paid TV channels, paid programme hosts, paid political analysts, and now the fresh crop of new mouthpieces, the gems of the Pakistani blogosphere. 

They all pretend to be true patriots weeping over the shabby state of affairs in the country, and in turn try to take the blame a decade back precisely to the era of the 1990s, totally bypassing the misrule of the recent years, that we are still enduring, and the consequences of which even our children will face. Precisely, they also stop short of touching upon the dark age of the 80s. They weep over the lack of justice for the common man, and in the same breath criticize the lawyers’ movement to be hampering the deliverance of justice to the public because they are too concerned with the restoration of a few judges. 

Orwellian tendencies are at their peak. There is no escaping, and even the most intelligent readers must read really intelligently to be able to see the fine-print between the lines of the prejudiced half-truths of our new and old ministers of truth.

Let’s not worry though, since as long as we have freedom to think, truth will prevail. I also strongly recommend reading at least some chapters of George Orwell’s, Nineteen Eighty Four, to have some basic insight into the workings of the complex minds of our new ministers of truth. 

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Written by baryaal

March 26, 2008 at 12:35 am

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  1. I am not qualified to talk about what’s going on in Pakistan but with my experience so far in life, what I have learnt is- politicians are politicians whatever hue and colour they come in. Whenever there is a change in government we are all excited and optimistic but very soon we realize that all politicians are the same.The only difference I find in the situation in Pakistan is that you have returned to democracy which is better than dictatorship any day.
    Have you read ‘The animal farm’ by ‘George Orwell’. It is a very good satire on politicians.

    pr3rna

    March 26, 2008 at 7:50 am

  2. Animal Farm, yes!
    Both the book and the movie are my favorite.
    The way the ten commandments are changed over time makes one understand not only politics but society as a whole – religion, justice system, attitudes everything.
    Seems, some animals will always be more equal than others. Still, isnt it better to be ruled by one of our own kind?

    baryaal

    March 26, 2008 at 11:22 am

  3. Definitely Baryaal it is better to be ruled by one of our own kind but the kind of control that America has over Pakistan must be depressing. Pakistani politicians regularly look up to to USA for support which cannot be a happy sign for a sovereign and independent country.

    pr3rna

    March 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm

  4. Hmmm! I think both 90’s and 2000’s have been ruled by tyrants. Tyrants from within are more dangerous the way Munafiqs are far worse then non muslims.
    My thoughts might sound extreme but they are molded and shaped by the extreme actions that people are taking these days.
    The other day a poor mother jumped with her three daughters into a river to get rid of her life. Even she wasn’t able to kill her self rather killed her two daughters. A girl was raped in the mausoleum of the founder of this country? I wonder wasn’t it a slap on the face of this whole country? I won’t be surprised to hear tomorrow that someone stole the remains of our founder as well. In a country like this you expect me to blame only army and not the politicians? To me they all are same because i am a common citizen of the country and to me it doesn’t matter if a politician is looting me or an army man or bureaucracy because i am suffering no matter who is doing it and at what level. Our problem is that we have accepted the same people again and again! Why was no one except Bhutto hanged in this country? Why General Niazi is still alive and why was Yahya not hanged? Even why was the corrupt military men not hanged? Why we always let them go after they bring havoc in our lives? Where was PPP when martial law was imposed and why people welcome the military in 1999 after the coup? Why were sweets distributed and why the judges took oath? Where were the principles?
    Oh my God i can go on and on and on to ask so many questions which will never be answered!
    In our country you are a problem child if you are thinking.

    M Junaid Khan

    March 29, 2008 at 12:22 am

  5. Thanks for adding my blog to the blog roll. Just wanted to tell you that i also blog at
    http://www.pro-pakistan.com

    M Junaid Khan

    March 29, 2008 at 12:23 am

  6. @Prerna:
    Pakistani politicians give America so much importance because they seldom have faith in the support of the masses. American control is depressing but I am sure we will find a way out of it, sooner or later.

    @ Junaid Khan
    Well said and I totally understand. But, hope keeps the world going. Why not let’s for once put the past aside and work for the future.

    Our problems started the day Ayub Khan joined the Cabinet as a serving officer. And our problem has remained the same for the last 60 years. They do not let the system run my dear. They just dont have the patience to let the political system evolve and take care of itself and the nation. Even in the days of democracy, they continuously conspire and intrigue to put things off track.

    Condem the politicians, but only after they fail to deliver on the mandate that the nation has given them. Doing it before they have taken their seats is but a little unfair, or I think so.

    And Pro-Pakistan, yes, I have stumbled upon it a few times and must say it’s very well maintained. I would be regularly there as well. Thanks.

    baryaal

    March 29, 2008 at 1:58 am


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