Blunt Object

This headline puts one in the mood for good news:

The story is pretty much what you’d expect from the title — Indian fashionistas are going nuts for Pakistani designers.  That’s a pretty awesome thing — besides the usual story of mutual gains from trade enriching both parties, the fact that these two countries are getting closer through trade lowers the heat on a fairly significant hot spot.

The reporting, however, leaves much to be desired.

A ferocious confrontation between India and its archrival, Pakistan, is under way – although not of the kind you perhaps expect.

This one pits a host of Pakistani fashion designers, armed with heaps of wafer-thin cotton and lace, against the grimly determined middle-class shoppers of the Indian capital.

Early signs are that while Pakistan has the moral victory, the Indian shoppers have succeeded in…

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