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Riaz Khokar Opens His Mouth-(To Put Saffron into It)

Riaz Khokar Opens His Mouth (To Put Saffron into It?) GPD RIAZ KHOKAR is easily the most popular and the most talked about envoy in Delhi, the cily of Pandavas. (Indraprastha was founded by them,) He is also the most handsome and the most articulate. He has tlvat breathtaking ability that quite a few sophisticated Pakistanis have: to carry a fundamentalist soul in a modern body. An ancient Chinese book on literary criticism recommends that good literature must combine heaven and earth and create a pattern ('wen') in that process. Khokar achieves that excellence or nearly so. He does that time and again. He must have been in a similar mood the other day when he pronounced that the elections in Kashmir could not be just and fair. (He meant India-occupied' Kashmir,one takes it, because when elections are due in 'Pakistan-occupied' Kashmir one does not quite frankly know.) Khokar must have been reading our newspapers too seriously lately or watching the various news programmes on Doordarshan. How does one explain, otherwise, this bit of futurology or predicting of electoral behaviour? Our belief in Pakistani sanity was rudely shattered. They have always seemed to us rather sensible people, largely becausethey were sufficiently sceptical of Indian political processes, if not of their own. Obviously that does not seem to be right. Riaz Khokar has his own psepho- logical machine working overtime. The first area he chose to survey was naturally "India- occupied' Kashmir. Psephologist Khokar concluded that in that part of the world a psephological exercise was not possible by definition. There is no possibility of any sort of voter-behaviour at all. Everything is just unjust. Everyting is just rigged.

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