YouTube craze: A girl with guts

A gutsy girl scolds Rehman Malik and tells the government enough is enough!

Javaria Kausar August 15, 2011
Some called her daring, many admired her courage while some critics compared this opinionated little girl to a Bollywood movie character.

Is it the circumstances in the country that made the girl in this viral video speak so bluntly, or is it the electronic media that’s giving even children reason to speak up against the government?

I don’t know: all I know is I would never do such a thing publicly on a news channel.


This little girl knows quite a lot about what is happening in Karachi - she mentions Qasba Colony and Rehman Malik sightseeing from the helicopter to check the situation there. She argues that government is doing nothing for the poor people. The question that arises is how can small girl dare to speak on camera so bluntly about the inefficiencies of our government.

We see this type of conversations all the time on TV where an anchor sits and speaks in a shrill voice blaming politicians for every problem that occurs. Similar discussions go on in our homes where the head of the family expresses his remarks about inflation, high prices, cursing politicians and the ruling parties.

Our people, including children, youth and seniors are also influenced by the Indian films and dramas that they try to imitate them in their daily lives. The way the little girl in the video clip is dressed and her style of speaking make her seem like a miniature TV host. Maybe that is why the title of this video clip is ‘dabangg bachi.

While the media should be more responsible parents will also have to play an important role in telling children that circumstances are not as bleak as they appear on TV. At least children should not give up hope of a new day come in Pakistan.
Javaria Kausar An MBA Media Management program at Institute of Business Management in Karachi
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


szs | 10 years ago | Reply children these days are much more aware of their surroundings. this is what they are growing up watching and these millennium kids do use their brains and question and analyze. what do you want parents to tell their kids? lie to them? i think it's good to encourage children to question and to have an opinion. at least tat way our youth will stand up for themselves. not be like us, who see and know everything but never step outside the comfort of our homes to do anything about what we see as wrong. we blog about it, well more than half the people of this country can't really read or understand this. half don't have the basic necessities so again they don't have access to what you think.. people will focus on what to teach their children when they will have the basics of life, and security, and when they or their children will stay alive to learn what there is to be taught. it is easy to be scandalized by this, but this is what the children see, hear, and understand. and it is stupid if we try to kid them, because denial never solves problems. it creates more.
Hira Zulfiqar | 10 years ago | Reply The Young and the Stressed! This is the new generation of Pakistan , forget what X Y Generation theories sais... Tough and Awared ... i wonder where she would be in 5 years :D
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