Dawn report on 1965 India-Pakistan war through Twitter eyes
This morning, Dawn published a report of a lecture at Karachi University by a visiting historian Dr Akbar S Zaidi. It was headlined: Dr Akbar dispels ‘the victory myth’, saying that there can be no bigger lie.
In my desire to post insightful information I shared the link on my Facebook profile, at the same time warning Dawn (tu tau gayo: you are gone!).
Also because, 30 years ago, Dawn was my first job. When I was hired, I was told by the Editor that we take authenticity and fact as important as if we are writing history on the go.
It was only a matter of hours that ultra-nationalists on social media made this a top Twitter trend: #DawnPawnOfModi.
What followed were calls for Dawn and its owners to be tried for treason.
It soon ’emerged’ that Dawn had been allegedly bribed by India’s Modi Sarkar by a portion of INR 350 million, which they had allocated for the 50th anniversary of 1965 India-Pakistan War.
See my tweet on this:
Within the next couple of hours, enthusiasts, amateur artists, photoshop designers came up with compelling illustrations against Dawn. All in the line of national duty.
Here’s a selection of a few random images with headline themes:
It’s the Modi Sarkar
Dawn twisting ‘original’ history
Dawn working for India
Time for treason case
Dawn should go to India
Dawn is National Defence Day spoiler
Nation should boycott Dawn along with Geo
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