I'll look for another country if I don't find a secular place in India: Kamal Haasan

Questioning the religious tolerance of India,actor and film-maker Kamal Haasan made an emotional statement willing to look for another country if he does not find any secular place in India. Kamal Haasan’s latest 100 crore budgeted film ‘Vishwaroopam‘ has suffered a set back after being opposed by few minority hardliner groups complaining the movie shows Islam in poor light.

Views of co-blogger Manu on Vishwaroopam ban 

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i’ll look for another country if i dont get secular place in India-Kamal Haasan

Shah Rukh Khan's 'being Muslim' controversy

In an interview with Outlook Turning Point magazine ,King Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan has created a controversy by stating that his ‘being Muslim’ ,post 9/11, has made him a target of  few political leaders and that rallies have been held in the past where he has been asked to leave his home and return to his original homeland, indicating Pakistan.He also mentioned such issues forced him to make the movie  ‘My Name Is Khan(and I’m not a terrorist)’.

The controversy fueled up  when Pakistan’s,Interior Minister,Rehman Malik stated that India should give security to Shah Rukh Khan while, Hafiz Saeed,India’s most wanted terrorist for Mumbai 2008 terror attack , stated Shah Rukh Khan can very well come and live in Pakistan and that he would make all the arrangements .

Look who is talking ? Should Mr Malik rather not sort out his country’s security issues where bomb blasts are a daily business before asking India to give security to Shah Rukh ? And is Hafiz Saeed,a terrorist, also a Pakistani Minister to offer people relocation assistance in Pakistan ?

Well, is it not astonishing to hear Shah Rukh Khan complain ? Is he not the actor who tops the charts of  Bollywood Heroes since over a decade now (thanks to his fans ,majority of whom are logically non-Muslims)? Do his fans give a second thought about whom he prays before being his mad fans ? When has he been questioned for being a Muslim , in India(American airport is not in India where he was held) ? And whenever and if ever he has been targeted by political parties for ‘being Muslim’ ,is he the only Bollywood Star who has been targeted for political mileage (publicity stunt)? Even Amitabh Bachchan has been targeted  for being a North Indian .

There is no denying that artists have been soft targets for Indian Political Leaders but this is not restricted to any religion or caste. This happened to Salman Rushdie,Ashis Nandy,Deepa Mehta,Tasleema Nasreen, Amitabh and Aamir and so many more. Is he the only one who has been targeted ? Then why making a fuss about it ? Bollywood actors have been respected by the Indian society regardless what religion they follow and what caste they belong to and Shah Rukh Khan himself is one of the biggest example of such respect and love.

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Shah Rukh Khan – being muslim controversy

Vishwaroopam banned in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

A few groups of minorities have forced Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’ be banned in Tamil Nadu and then Andhra Pradesh citing ‘showing of Muslims and Islam in bad light in the movie’ as the reason ! Kamal Haasan is of the belief that a few handful of Muslims cannot represent the whole community and protest on behalf of them and also that his movie has nothing which would offend sentiments of Muslims rather would make them proud.

Interestingly, the government of the Center or States do not take strict steps against these few hardliners who become the self-proclaimed saviour of religion and take decisions on behalf of the community. Should not art and literature be left out of political and vested interest and an artist or a thinker be allowed to express ? Well, that’s a tricky question to answer when it comes to religion because most of us identify ourselves on the basis of religion , caste and birthplace than as human beings, first . 🙂

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Vishwaroopam banned in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

India looses to Pakistan at Eden Gardens

Chasing an achievable score of 251 made by Pakistan in the 2nd ODI at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens,Team India collapsed at 165 all out,allowing Pakistan a series win (Pakistan wins 2 out of 3 match series) and helping Pakistan retain the record of being unbeatable for India at Eden Gardens .

While,England’s tour to India and a massive Test Series victory over India raised questions on M.S.Dhoni’s ability to captain all three formats and critics claiming a new captain for Test Formats , the One Day Series loss at home by Pakistan may put Dhoni’s captaincy, in all formats, under clouds of strong criticisms!

Just a thought,what might Didi tell Dhoni after Team India’s loss at Eden 🙂

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Pakistan wins ODI series against India after defeating Team India at Eden Gardens

Sachin retires from One Day Cricket

While there was news about Sachin willing to play the upcoming series with Pakistan,a sudden announcement made thereafter by the Batting Legend about his retirement from One-Day Cricket is shocking for both the set of people who argue in favour of Sachin playing till he wants and the ones who always felt its high time he quits.

Seems like ‘God’ has lost to the continuous bad patch and ageing issues, while playing, or is it the B.C.C.I. which has asked Master Blaster,Sachin Tendulkar,to declare his retirement, at least, from One-Day Cricket due to his and also Team India’s continuous deteriorating performance ?

 

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Sachin retires from One-Day Cricket

No matter what, it is the end of a legacy in One-Day Indian and World Cricket because Sachin Tendulkar is irreplaceable !