I was shocked when I first heard the news of the Benazir Bhutto assasination. However, I was shocked even more by the quick “Martyrdom” granted to her and by the Western media’s portrayal of her as the only beacon of “Democracy” in Pakistan. Her regime was probably more anarchic and corrupt than Mushy’s. These topics were quickly swept under the carpet and the TV channels were repeatedly beaming her Western accented English interviews with the likes of Wolf Blitzer.
It was very refreshing to see at least one reputed columnist write about her legacy as it was – with no embellishments and non-deserving adjectives. (William Dalrymple is an expert on the affairs of the Indian sub-continent.)