Brad Pitt’s visit to India for shooting Kathryn Bigelow’s movie on Osama bin Laden seems useless after VHP activists halting the shooting at Chandigarh. The movie demands the view of Abbottabad,Pakistan , the city where the assassination of Laden took place, out of Chandigarh. Some shops required sign boards to be in Urdu and some Pakistani flags were being placed in certain areas to portray Abbottabad.
The activists disallowed Urdu sign boards and Pakistani flags being hoisted and pushed and abused cameramen and also screamed slogans against Pakistan. The activists also made a formal complaint to the cops. Vijay Singh Bhardwaj, the leader of the activists declared Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) will never allow any part of Chandigarh city be portrayed as Pakistan.
Sounds patriotic ? Well, may be it is for the political group which seems to be missing no chance to get to Headlines but the question is where were these guys when BJP ministers in Karnataka shamed the nation watching objectionable contents on the phone, while in the Assembly and where were they when the Karnataka Government was promoting Rave Parties in the sacred Coconut Island? Does this behaviour not give a picture of Indian narrow minded approach towards Pakistan which anyways is popular for being narrow -minded towards improving relations with India? Does it not depict to the foreigners that even Indians are equally hating to improve relations with neighbours? This does not mean Pakistan is a saintly neighbour but we have always been making better approaches, so far! Moreover, there are hundreds of places in several cities and towns of India where Pakistani flags remain hoisted 365 days a year and never do the self-proclaimed patriotic Hindu-Activist groups say anything. Why do they pretend ‘unknown’ about this ? After all, is it not all about portraying a city? How does it matter? Are we giving away Chandigarh to Pakistan as gift that the issue is being politicised ? Why our activists perform no activity on real-issues and remain active to make petty things, an issue ?