If you search ‘beggar’ or ‘Bhikhari’ on Google search engine, images of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan pop up on the search engine. Ever since the Twitterati discovered that Imran Khan’s picture pops up on searching for the term ‘bhikari’, social media was at ablaze with screenshots displaying images of the search results.
A week earlier, an onion seller had sarcastically remarked: “Just 3-4 days are left for Eid and the market looks so dull. We depend on India for vegetables and onion, which is so essential to cook food on Eid. I am sure, the price of onion and all will increase further. What does Imran Khan want us to eat? Grass?”
Pakistan recently suspended bilateral trade with India in response to the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan’s embargo on trade with India comes at a time when Pakistan’s economy is on life support from China, Saudi Arabia and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Pakistan’s foreign reserves stand at just $7.76 billion, even lower than Bangladesh’s forex reserves worth $32 billion. Pakistan’s GDP forecast has also been revised downward to 4 per cent. The country’s inflation stood at 8.9 per cent in June 2019.
Hopefully, Google CEO Sundar Pichai – who’s an Indian-American – won’t be blamed for Google’s algorithm that threw up this challenge.