2012, Karachi, Reportage, Telegraph Calcutta

On Jinnah turf, Nitish hugs safe silence

Sankarshan Thakur, The Telegraph

Karachi, Nov. 10: The mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah verily became the burial site of a famed political career back home. When L.K. Advani came here in the summer of 2005 and pronounced a paean to the founder of Pakistan he invited a hail of disapproval from his Parivar. Even those he considered close in the BJP rushed to censure him, the RSS screamed sacrilege, and Advani was given an organisational shove he is yet to recover from.

As Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar padded up the marble steps of Jinnah’s grand memorial in central Karachi this morning, he would have been reminded of the consequences of the overreach of eloquence. He chose silence. Continue reading “On Jinnah turf, Nitish hugs safe silence”

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2012, Karachi, Reportage, Telegraph Calcutta

Zardari’s armoured limo for Nitish

Sankarshan Thakur, The Telegraph

Karachi, Nov. 9: The red carpet rolled out for Nitish Kumar is actually a black Mercedes. It is an especially souped-up limo, double-proofed against bullets and bombs, and it is the same vehicle that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari uses when he comes home to Karachi.

It says at least two things that the Bihar chief minister has been accorded President Zardari’s car. One, that he is being feted at the highest level in this province and provided the utmost care. Two, and probably more important, that Karachi is the most dangerous city in Pakistan. A third could well be a subtle signal to a people who foreground their grumble over the export of terror that Pakistan itself lives a shivered and precarious existence. Continue reading “Zardari’s armoured limo for Nitish”