Salman Rushdie,the controversial author of ‘Satanic Verses’ was scheduled to visit Kolkata to promote the movie ‘Midnight’s Children’ which is based on his book,along with actor Rahul Bose and film maker Deepa Mehta but had to cancel his visit after few muslim organizations opposed his arrival in the city.However,Salman Rusdie has tweeted that it was the chief minister of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee,who herself had asked the Kolkata Police to block his arrival. He has alleged that the city cops had warned the organizers about a protest planned against Rushdie’s visit.
While Anna Hazare has criticized the new draft of Lokpal Bill by the government, his team member ,Kiran Bedi,said it met most of the demands of a strong lokpal and is a baby step towards the same.Arvind Kejriwal , the ex-Team Anna member and the ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ chief has also declared his dissatisfaction with the new draft.
The name,Anna Hazare, got popular with the same Lokpal Bill issue which he wanted to be passed by the government, to curb down corruption in India and the same Lokpal Bill made him head a team called ‘ Team Anna’ and then differences of opinion made Arvind Kejriwal, a prominent Team Anna member split and launch his political party- the Aam Aadmi Party-a political solution to fight corruption in India and all this paced down the India Against Corruption Movement led by Anna.Now it seems like another key member Kiran Bedi has a difference of opinion with Anna.Hopefully,she sticks around with Anna. 🙂
The government,on the other hand, has not only been quite successful in curbing down the much-hyped ‘India Against Corruption Movement’ but has also successfully reduced the strength and impact of Anna and his Team.Kudos to the art of silence of our Prime Minister ‘Maun'(means silence in Hindi)mohan Singh,the India Against Corruption Movement slowly and yet steadily lost its leadership,pace,goal and ultimately the interest and support of usually reluctant to react- ‘Aam Aadmi'(common man). Well,the mystery remains unsolved if it was Team Anna itself or a clever brain of the Govt behind the sabotage of a world renowned movement led by Anna. 🙂
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.
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.