Someone tried to act smart in Pakistan. Daily Pakistan, a Pakistani daily (obviously), published a story on their website in which they claimed that when one searches for “Namak Haram Country” on Google, it shows India’s flag.
This is the screenshot they published.
It is true that Google returns the result when one types the phrase, but the truth is something else.
‘Namak Haraam’ is one of India’s most famous Hindi movies. The 1973-film, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, had Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna in the leads. The story is about a class war that divides two friends. Considered a classic in India, the film is still remains one of the finest movies of India.
The fact is that if you add the word “country” after the name of the movie, Google will show the flag and the map of the country where the movie was made. That’s the algorithm!
If you type a Pakistani film in the same way and add “country” after it, Google will show Pakistan’s flag and map. Like this:
Yes, that’s “Jawani Phir Nahin Ani”, a superhit Pakistani film with a quirky title. When you scroll down the Google search page, you’ll find the Wikipedia page and other articles on the film.
It has no connection to Pakistan’s lost vigour, unless you deliberately see it that way.
So what Pakistani media is trying is playing a very low-blow trick on India. (But low-blow is what they know!) How you respond is up to you.