Thursday, November 5, 2015
Reign in motor mouths
The way Super star Shahrukh Khan, who is also lovingly called king Khan, was attacked by BJP motor mouths- Kailash Vijayvargia, Yogi Aditya Nath and others of the same ilk - merely for expressing disgust over the increasing intolerance in the country on his 50th birthday is a cause of great concern for the entire nation. He has rightly said that religious intolerance will take us to dark ages. He has made India proud with his extra-ordinary cinematic, artistic and entertaining skills. And all Indians are proud of him. PM should reign in his party motor mouths to keep our country’s chief characteristic -unity in diversity- intact. Shahrukh Khan is one of the most popular Bollywood actors of our country. He is popular not only in his own country but also the world over. He earned pride, glamour and prestige for the country. His Indianness can not be questioned. Comparing Khan with the dreaded Pak-based and India's most wanted terrorist Hafiz Sayeed by the BJP MP is a great disservice for the nation. BJP leaders, MPs and Ministers are habituated to asking all Indians who ever raised voice against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre to go Pakistan. They even said that Khan spoke in the language of Hafiz Sayeed and accused him of treason. What is this? It is completely nonsensical behavior towards our luminary. BJP and its leaders must know that the father of Shahrukh Khan was a veteran freedom fighter. His father became freedom fighter at a very young age. Khan's family had migrated to India from Pakistan after the partition. So his nationality and patriotism is unquestioned. He is known world over as one of the biggest Bollywood stars with innumerable number of fans in India as well as abroad. The way Dadri lyching and blackening of Sudheerendra Kulkarni's face in Mumbai for organizing the launch of Pak former foreign minister Mehmud Kasauri’ book and Independent J&K MLA Engineer Rashid's MLA in Delhi for organizing beef party by the Hindu hardliners is nothing but increasing intolerance in society. Engineer Rashid had already been manhandled by BJP MLA in J&K assembly itself. The situation becomes dangerous when BJP and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi's warning to party leaders not to make statements that encourage intolerance and create division in society have fallen on deaf hear. The motor mouths of BJP continued to shoot whenever any opposition political leader or celebrity expressed his or her view on increasing intolerance in society and against the government. Why did the Narendra Modi-led NDA govt. instead of describing the return of national awards by several writers, scientists and celebrities of different fields in protest against the intolerance as manufactured act not call them for talks to know their point of views? The killing of rationalists- Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare - and renowned literary personality Dr. Kalburgi - allegedly by the Hindu hardliners who are bent on establishing orthodox social order even in 21st century is nothing but a naked example of intolerance . Prime Minister Narendra Modi should realize immediately that now the time has come to reign in his party's unbridled leaders and minister, who compare the two Dalit children who were burnt alive, with dogs. It shows their insensitivity to the people who belong to weaker section and religious minority. India is a secular democratic republic. The govt. can discriminate against the people who belong to minority community. India's secular fabric must be kept intact.