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Salman Rushdie And The Jaipur Literature Festival 2012 Controversy!

It all started way back in 1988 when Salman Rushdie’s published book “The Satanic Verses ” became objectionable to the Islamic hardliners Worldwide and turned controversial for “alleged blasphemy” against Prophet Mohammed. Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime minister of India, sensed the fury of minorities in India and the book was banned in the country. In fact India was the first country to impose a ban on “Satanic Verses”

Since then Rushdie paid two visits to India,once in 2000 and  in 2007  for the  Jaipur Literature Festival despite of the protests from some Muslim groups. When news of his 2012 Festival visit spread, the protesting Muslim group raised their eyebrows and  Rushdie decided he would cancel his visit to Jaipur sensing life-threat as some of his Intelligence people informed him of an assassination plot arranged by Mumbai Underworld. He doubted the news but did not wish to risk things . It was then decided Rushdie would attend the festival via video conference on Tuesday at 3:45 pm January 24th 2012. Rumours are spreading that State Police may deny permission for the conference  whereas Festival producer Sanjoy Roy declared he had no information about such denial hence they will go ahead with the video-conference as scheduled, till  any written confirmation is produced by the police.

Today,24th January2012, it has been cleared that the video-conference has been given the clean-chit on grounds that Rushdie should not be speaking anything on ‘Satanic Verses,

Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has been quite active against Rushdie’s visit to India and forthcoming elections seem to be a major reason why the present Government does not wish to take any risk of hurting Muslim sentiments which might affect their performance in the elections. However , it is very important to realize that lawfully Rushdie who is a British citizen of Indian origin cannot be banned to come to India.

Some facts regarding the hype created over Rushdie’s 2012 visit was purely due to elections and except for few groups who actively wanted Rushdie not to attend the Festival , I doubt if the common Muslim community even bothers about him being here or not. Of course , had the Media not sensationalized the issue , none would have bothered his visit.

We commoners have enough issues to deal with rather than coming out on streets every single day , leaving our duties. Probably the Media-Claimed failure of Anna’s Mumbai Fast was the biggest example.

How many of us have (even in Urban India)  read the controversial book which is anyways banned ? How do we know if it is really hurting religious sentiments when the major population of India (including the minorities) lives in Rural India which does not know English beyond some common words ? And has our Governments left us with any free time to go about reading books , leaving our source of earnings ?

“Tonight Show With Jay Leno”-Leno’s controversial remark on Golden Temple.

On January 19’2012,the NBC Channel Chat Show, ‘ Tonight Show with Jay Leno’  again made the Indians,perticularly the Sikhs raise eyebrows not only in America and India but Worldwide as well. 

Jay Leno, the popular host showed an illuminated picture of Golden Temple of Amritsar as the summer home of Mitt Romney,  a rich businessman and politician  who making news these days for amassing wealth and evading rightful taxes.

This is not for the first time Jay Leno has crossed limits of humour while addressing the Sikh community. In 2007 in the same show he was criticized after he called Sikhs  ‘Diaper Heads’. But it does not seem to have any effect on him.

The American Sikh Community has protested against this but the point here is that Humour has its limits which American and British popular TV Show Hosts should realize. India always seems to be a soft-target for such humour where our religious and national sentiments are repeatedly hurt  and in return neither the concerned person seeks apology nor does he stop from repeating it.

Baba Ramdev Attacked By Black Ink

A man named Qamran Siddhiqui residing in Delhi and running an NGO, threw black ink on the face of yoga guru Baba Ramdev while he was holding a press conference at the Constitutional Club in New Delhi,today January 14th’2012. He claimed being sent by BJP to attack Baba which the BJP denied and all other party condemned the attack.

 

Raj explains attack on cbfc and Rahul Gandhi

Raj Thackerey in the news again ?

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief – Raj Thackeray supported MNS members attacking  the offices of the Central Board of Film Censors on 14th November 2011 at around 4pm in opposition to the demand they made, months back, to the board, to include at least one Marathi Manus in the board to censor Marathi movies.

Is it not enough to know the guidelines and follow the same while judging movies ? Is it that important to include atleast one “Maharashtrian” from theatre or Marathi cinema ?

Well, supporting the move of his party members ransacking some offices just because they do not agree to their party’s request cannot be appreciated. Are there no other ways the MNS finds suitable other than voilent attacks , be it on the North Indian rickshaw  and taxi drivers or destroying  office properties ? 

Is Anna Hazare’s non-voilent methods of fasting and raising support not an example of better way of keeping one’s point ?

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Also speaking on Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Phulpur, Utter Pradesh, he claimed Rahul Gandhi was ill-informed about U.P.  after Rahul made a comment that for how long youths from the state need to go and beg for work in Maharashtra ,pointing at  the lack of employment opportunities in the state .

Thackeray viewed that the people of Utter Pradesh must ask Rahul what his party had done for the state in the past so many years for the state as every member of the Gandhi family, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and even Rahul himself  have been elected from UP and Congress party had got opportunities to rule the state for decades in the past. The question raised on Rahul Gandhi and Congress is worth giving a thought !

Is it right to claim the present government of Mayawati as the sole reason of sufferings in Utter Pradesh?  What about the governments prior to this ? Did the political parties prior to Mayawati’s BSP do their share of  work ?