Showing posts with label celebrity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label celebrity. Show all posts

Monday, December 14, 2015

Is this a fair justice system?

We usually talk about justice system being blindfolded & it does not matter who the culprit is, the accused when proven guilty will get the punishment. Does that happen all the time in our society? Do normal people get treated the same way as a celebrity, professional, businessman, politician?

Not to critique on the verdict given by the court in India recently, but it was quite obvious that if you come from a wealthy, big-name, famous family, Bollywood or something, then you won't get the punishment you deserve. Be it a Khan or Kapoor! Even though the liberal-minded Indians still believe Muslims in India are not treated well in a Hindu-majority country, Salman Khan's recent verdict on the famous 2002 hit-and-run case set him free by the 'fair' legal system.

Who gets the punishment then? That individual who was met with sudden death. That family who lost a loved one in the family. That wife who lost her husband when she needed him most to maintain the family with kids. Can we really accept this as 'fair'?

[Source: Lehren TV]

Saturday, December 05, 2015

'Intolerant' India!

In the last few weeks, the talk of the town in Indian media has been 'intolerance' in India from the majority-Hindus against minority-Muslims. Big name celebrities have become involved in this debate. The main talking point was when Aamir Khan told the media during an interaction that his wife (Kiran Rao) asked him at one point whether or not they should move out of India for the betterment of their son over 'intolerance'.

Singer Abhijit Bhattacharya summed it up pretty well in an open letter written to actor Aamir Khan.
Janab Aamir Khan, 
I am an ordinary Indian citizen and an avid movie-goer. You are a superstar in a country where the majority of movie-goers are Hindu. For years, we have spent our money to buy tickets for your movies. It is our money that has made you what you are today. 
We clapped when as ACP Ajay Rathore, you destroyed a sweet-talking Gulfam Khan in 'Sarfarosh'. We cheered when as Bhuvan, you played the winning shot in 'Lagaan'. We cried when as a sensitive art teacher, you made us root for Ishaan Awasthi in 'Taarey Zamin Par'.

A couple of generations before you, an Yusouf Khan had to become a Dilip Kumar to be accepted and a Mahajabeen Bano had to reinvent herself as Meena Kumari. Not you though. Neither you, nor your contemporaries had to hide your identity to be successful. 
You became a star in a new India. An India, where only your first name mattered. We loved you because you were Aamir, a brilliant actor. Neither your last name mattered to us, nor your faith. 
But yesterday, you proved to us that for you and your wife at least , it is your last name that matters more than anything else. 
Your name is Khan and you Sir, are a hypocrite. 
You did not scream intolerance when your city burned at the hands of some of your co-religionists. Your wife did not feel insecure when a mammoth crowd of some of your co-religionists attended the funeral of a hanged terrorist. You were silent even when a mob from Reza Academy kicked and destroyed a national memorial and manhandled female cops. 
But now, suddenly, your wife feels insecure in India and wants you to move out. 
If I WERE indeed intolerant, I would suggest you move to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the safest place on earth, where Begum Kiran Rao can feel absolutely secure inside her abaya and your little son can grow up watching public executions in a Riyadh square. 
But I am not going to do that. As a tolerant Indian, the only thing I can and WILL do is to make sure that not even one rupee of my hard-earned money goes towards buying tickets for your movies. Thanks for the disappointments. 
An Indian.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

লাভ জিহাদ বাদই দিলাম......এটা তবে কি?

সম্প্রতি প্রখ্যাত নজরুলগীতির শিল্পী ফিরোজা বেগম মারা গেছেন। উনার মৃত্যুতে কুলখানীর আমন্ত্রণপত্রে উনার বাবা-মা'র নাম ঠিকই উল্লেখ আছে, কিন্তু স্বামীর নাম একদমই নেই। স্বামী কি হিন্দু বলে? সাধারণত আমাদের বাঙালী সমাজের বিবাহিত মহিলারা বিয়ের পরে স্বামীর নাম নিয়েই চলেন। এক্ষেত্রে এমন ব্যতিক্রম করার কারণ কি? মুসলিম মহিলারা হিন্দু পতির প্রতি আকৃষ্ট হবেন তা থামানোর জন্যে? এমনকি বিয়ের পরও ইনি মুসলিম রীতি-নীতিই পালন করেছেন। সন্তানাদিরাও মুসলিম নামই ধরে রেখেছেন। পিতার পারিবারিক নাম কেউই বহন করেননি। তুলনা করুন একটা হিন্দু মেয়ে-মুসলিম ছেলের বিয়ের পরবর্তী অবস্থা!