Un­nec­es­sary hype

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Although I am an old reader and ad­mirer of SouthAsia, I liked its De­cem­ber 2013 is­sue for one rea­son: it stayed away from the hype and mys­tery cre­ated around the ap­point­ment of the new army chief. While the mag­a­zine ded­i­cated one of its past is­sues to this sub­ject, but that was that! Af­ter that one is­sue, there were no lengthy ar­ti­cles an­a­lyz­ing the eat­ing and smok­ing habits of po­ten­tial can­di­dates or ex­clu­sive pieces by know-it-all writ­ers who, us­ing their anony­mous in­side sources, tried to

es­tab­lish who was most likely to get the cov­eted post and why. In In­dian news­pa­pers, the cov­er­age of the re­tire­ment of an army chief and the ap­point­ment of a new one is re­stricted to one, or at the most two, front page sto­ries. I won­der why we give so much im­por­tance to an is­sue which should be a rou­tine mat­ter.

Mohsin Jal­bani

Hy­der­abad, Pak­istan

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