Sunday, January 06, 2008

Airwaves from across border go sour

3 Jan 2008, 0124 hrs IST,
Yudhvir Rana ,TNN
AMRITSAR: With the advent of New Year, the airwaves from across the borderare striking a not-so-peaceful note. Radio Pakistan's programme "PunjabiDarbar" has reportedly intensified its propaganda against India, perhaps toprovoke people in border belt.The content aired is anti-government and even critical of the present Sikhleadership, presumably on the directions of Sikh separatists taking shelterin Pakistan.Despite cable and dish network in most villages, radio is still a source ofentertainment for a large number of farmers and farm labourers who oftencarry it to fields. "They want to provoke people of India against theirgovernment, a weak India is Pakistan's strength " said a senior BSFofficial.Aired at 7 pm every day, the programme often begins with Gurbani recitation,followed by spewing of venom against India either by criticizing its policesfor farmers or "suppression of a particular community" and ends with adviseto "rise to the occasion".In one such programme a Pakistan radio anchor said: "the Brahmin communityof India has unleashed a spate of atrocities on minority communities andSikhs are being denied their rights," and "Sikh farmers are committingsuicide due to anti-farmer policies of government.""This seems to be part of its multi-pronged strategy of waging a cold war,"opined Sukhdeep Singh, sarpanch of Mujwind while talking to the TOI onWednesday, adding that Pakistan should have discontinued the programme whenboth countries were treading on the path of peace."Peaceniks on both sides of the border should raise their voice againstthis." Harjit Singh, a border village resident said " sanu tae hasa aundahai ki uh kehandae ki nae " (We laugh at what they say). He said the wholeprogramme appears to be masterminded by ISI or a figment of the producers'imagination.

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