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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 30, 2011 AT 23:34 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 30, 2011 23:34 IST

Declan Walsh in the Guardian:

Rarely has a Birkin brought so much attention. When Pakistan's new foreign minister, 34-year-old Hina Rabbani Khar, landed in India for talks this week, a media frenzy erupted around her style: the pearl necklaces, elegant costumes, Cavalli sunglasses and a stylish Hermes-made Birkin bag worth at least $9,000 (£5,500)...

On a flight to Islamabad on Friday, Khar flicked through a stack of newspapers filled with her picture. "You don't want the attention to focus on the frivolous," she said. "A guy in my place would never get such attention; nobody would be talking about his suit. I refuse to be apologetic about it; I will continue to be who I am."

Vir Sanghvi on his blog:

According to reports emanating from Pakistan, the country’s Foreign Minister is upset that she was treated as a style icon in India. I’m sorry that the lady should feel this way so let me try and make her feel better by telling her what we all know: Relax! Nobody thinks you are a style icon. We just think you sport very expensive accessories. And that’s not the same thing at all.

In other words, we think you are extravagant. But you ain’t no icon...

...the fact that the Pakistani Foreign Minister should think that kitty-party style dressing is appropriate for a bilateral summit meeting tells us something about how far apart our two countries have traveled since 1947. No Indian minister would dress like that. And yet, Pakistanis seem to think it is entirely normal.

So, are we really “just the same people” as the peaceniks claim?

Or does the distance in attitudes grow with each passing year?

POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 30, 2011 AT 23:34 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 30, 2011 23:34 IST
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4/D-151
Aug 02, 2011
08:45 PM

It is unfair. Setting this spruce  young girl after the New Delhi oldies. Specially Krishna knocking on eighties. They would forgive Kasav , not this kind of invasion.

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
3/D-127
Jul 31, 2011
08:19 PM

 " Assume that the next time Manmohan Singh went on a state visit to a foreign country he wore as much jewelry as say, Vijay Mallya. Wouldn’t we make something of it? Suppose Pranab Mukherjee traded his bandhgalla for a sharply-tailored Giorgio Armani suit, wouldn’t this attract comment?
The point is not about sexism or feminism. It is about incongruity." - Vir Sangvi

I like to work in my ragged pajama and tee, should I go to office in those? If I decide to go, i should not be complaining that all I wanted is to be myself , why my co-workers flocked around the pantry and giving me stares.

Lopamudra
Mumbai, India
2/D-121
Jul 31, 2011
07:43 PM

Surely,Hina has floored the Indians without firing a shot.The bearded fraternity have a lot to learn from her.

S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
1/D-68
Jul 31, 2011
11:57 AM

"A guy in my place would never get such attention; nobody would be talking about his suit. I refuse to be apologetic about it; I will continue to be who I am."

Good for you, Hina! Sock it to those male chauvinists!

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