A theatrical speech... By Gulsher
25 October, 2013
Bilawal Bhutto's fiery speech was aimed at multiple targets — rejuvenating the demoralised workers as well as engaging the media were two of them. It met its purpose very successfully but the media is no fool. With a couple of exceptions, the majority of television channels and print papers rejoice at such an opportunity. They are always yearning for spicy rhetoric sans rationality. The common folk are the ultimate target for every theatre. This speech was also like a stage show. Sleeves unbuttoned, mimicking the gestures of Bhutto and a charged tirade against all political parties was the essence of this theatre staged at Karsaz. The event of the attack on his mother, during which scores of party workers sacrificed their lives, was remembered.
Some news reports asserted that the wording of the speech was real and that the young Zardari, for the first time, spoke his own mind but also conceded that if it was intended to reinvigorate the party workers as well as uninterested voters it should have been reserved for dates closer to the next election.