Sunday 25 Feb 2018 | 07:06 | SYDNEY
Sunday 25 Feb 2018 | 07:06 | SYDNEY

More on Indo-Pak water dispute



16 April 2010 09:18

It's only April, yet 3 Quarks Daily is already at short odds to be my blog of the year (which isn't to say it's a new blog; just that I've only recently discovered it). They find the most fascinating material, which regular readers will know I link to often.

The latest is a piece from this very useful-looking blog about the India-Pakistan rivers dispute, and makes very interesting reading alongside the post we carried earlier this week by Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury. For me, this was the key graf:

Living in Delhi and working in both India and Pakistan, I was struck by a paradox. One country was a vigorous democracy, the other a military regime. But whereas an important part of the Pakistani press regularly reported India’s views on the water issue in an objective way, the Indian press never did the same. I never saw a report which gave Indian readers a factual description of the enormous vulnerability of Pakistan, of the way in which India had socked it to Pakistan when filling Baglihar. How could this be, I asked? Because, a journalist colleague in Delhi told me, “when it comes to Kashmir – and the Indus Treaty is considered an integral part of Kashmir — the ministry of external affairs instructs newspapers on what they can and cannot say, and often tells them explicitly what it is they are to say.”

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