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Bridging the political-layman disconnect

By Omar Farooque
Area 14/8

Democracy is for the so called middle class, states journalist Tahir Mehdi, author of the Motorcycle Diaries, a report on the political reality of rural areas in the weeks leading up to the general elections. With urban classes broiled in the pre-election frenzy of political association, Mehdi gives an insight into how 70 per cent of the country viewed the elections. He travelled over 1,800 km from Lahore to the Thal Desert, ending in Garhi Khuda Baksh. The three week journey into the heart of Pakistan began in April and ended in May. Mehdi said he chose to travel the roads less taken to meet with the under-represented, marginalized majority of the country.