Monday, August 30, 2010

If You Want to Really Get Into Pakistan, You Need to Read Pakistani Urdu Newspapers

One minor achievement by the Pakistani state (amongst the few over the last 63 years) is that by a few estimates more than 90% of the urban population can understand the language. So if you want an understanding of what's going on, a grasp of Urdu, would certainly help. The English newspapers, The Dawn, The News, The Daily Times, The Express Tribune, they all help. But they're written for the elite and upper middle class of the country, which constitutes about only 5% to 10% of the country. But to get a real flavour of the country, and to unfortunately discover all the various conspiracy theories brewing around the country (as my last blog post got into), what you really need to read are the Urdu newspapers.

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