Designer pajama kameez and majestic protocol, Diana Aunty’s family has landed in Islamabad. The pictorial comparisons and bashing of Desi liberated girls have started rolling in as well.
As a distant relative and once colonized subject, I feel nothing but awe. Maybe I feel a little jealous as well, my mum is paying more attention to Kate than me. Unfair! I, too, would change my entire look and wardrobe for five days if I was in their country, mum! I wouldn’t want to be harassed and bashed either.
The arrival of such august guests bodes very well for Pakistani tourism and economy; it will do much to reverse the damage caused by drone strikes and NATO-sponsored rebel camps in the Northern and Western Pakistan. The gratitude Pakistanis must feel is two-fold. The Royal Visit also gives a sense of validation to the older generations. That the validation looks a lot like Visa stamp and can only be given by those five shades lighter than one is of no consequence. Seven decades later, we still harbor the fetish of White people wearing our clothes and proclaiming that us desi’s are better than them.
The Royal visit will prompt many foreign powers to inject more money into our limping economy. This confidence will turn the tide for us, as the previous Royal Visit in 2006 definitely did. Didn’t it? Princess Diana, mine and most Pakistanis’ honorary aunt, was mentioned as well. She was lauded for her humanitarian efforts and fundraising for SKMCH. Good for her! And Good for Kate and William! If anyone would appreciate the last-ditch efforts of a crumbling monarchy to stay relevant, it is the pious-and-properly-dressed men and the soon-obsolete Baby Boomers of Pakistan who struggle with the same trivial botheration.
Many of my fellow Twitterati are also lamenting that Kate raided their mum’s wardrobe. As absurd as it is, it is not implausible. Just look at our history after the 17th Century. In any case, lock your cupboards people!