Google Picks Bollywood Star Actress for its Doodle in Pakistan

Google Doodles are a familiar sight for most internet users. On special occasions, the Google logo is altered to celebrate events, holidays, achievements and people. Usually, they’re pretty fun but Pakistani users will be scratching their heads at the latest one.

The Google Doodle for Pakistan for today (June 1st, 2015) seems to be celebrating Nargis Dutt (shown above), the mother of Sanjay Dutt and an actress who appeared in some influential films from the mid 1930s to the late 1960s. Interestingly, Google is displaying same doodle for its Indian audience, which means that people in Pakistan and India are shown this same doodle today.

While we’re happy Google is localizing doodles for South Asia, there are already a number of people in Pakistan wondering why they are being shown the Nargis doodle. We realize it might not be a big deal to most people but our country has a rich history filled with people who’ve changed the course of history with their achievements. We’d just like to see them be featured on their own merits instead of being lumped in with celebrities from India.

If Google is going to undertake the effort to localize Doodles, it would be much better for them to display them in relevant territories. After all, many organizations like Facebook have unwittingly come across issues and have been subsequently reminded of the sensitive geopolitical situation of the region.

If you want to check out a detailed history of Google Doodles (some of which are really clever), you can do so here. If you want to see past Google Doodles localized for Pakistan, just go here.

What do you think? Should Google be showing the same Doodle for both India and Pakistan? Is it a good start that should be welcomed? Let us know in the comments below!

Talal is a Director and the Chief Content Officer at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]

      • Lols That’s what google doddle shows after clicking. Pakistani Nurgis :P Google definitely have gone mad

        • Nargis is on top because she is much more famous than Nargis Dutt… this is not Google error but this seems referrence error. Instead of searching only Nargis, Google should have searched for Nargis Dutt!

    • Nah, not a bug in Google… doodle just sent users to non-accurate search page! This is called Nooglers error. :-)

            • oh please, all others are in etc. etc. can’t mention all names like Ishrat Chaudhry, Aasiya, Mumtaz…. its a long list this type of Heroins of our industry

                • yeah of course Nargis is Nargis not Sabiha… Naseebo Lal then Reshmaa then Naghma & Bahaar … how many names are in our industry related to media

                  • You have great info about these. Frankly speaking, I never heared some of the names before. You must be 50+ in age? :-)

                    • yeah, I am very old person :) do you know Deeba, Zeba, Shamim Aara, Nishsho here also adding word etc. bcoz there are a lot of them to list, just google them

      • Dear, we have Dr. A.Q Khan, A. Sattar Edhi, Imran Khan, Qawi Khan, S. Khan Afridi, Shoib Akhter, Wasim Akram an a lot of similar people too.

  • I agree to this statement that “ must show Pakistan celebrities on doodles”. We are not concerned what celebrity had something important on any date. Google should be unbiased. Our media is enough to show us Indian culture and disrupt our lives.

  • The reason it takes you to Pakistani Nargis is because of the search volume. In Pakistan, sadly the search volume of Pakistani Nargis is more than the Indian one. Lol

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