Famous Bollywood actor Yousuf Khan had to take an alias name of Dilip Kumar while Mahjabeen Bano had to take the name of Meena Kumari. While now Salman Khan, Amir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are much revered in the audience circle and to change their names seemed an absurd idea. Reflecting Monishankar Choudhury
The recent wave of protest in India against so-called growing intolerance in the country by the pseudo-seculars has corrupted the cause of tolerance itself.
Recently Bollywood has joined the fight against intolerance with everybody from Shah Rukh Khan to Anil Kapoor. Many national award winners have returned their awards in protest.
Well, the story has another angle too. With time tolerance has increased in India, let’s take Bollywood for example. Famous Bollywood actor Yousuf Khan had to take an alias name of Dilip Kumar while Mahjabeen Bano had to take the name of Meena Kumari.
While now Salman Khan, Amir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are much revered in the audience circle and to the change their names seemed an absurd idea.
It is not the fundamentalists who are the only threat to the all-including fabric of the country, but it is the pseudo-seculars acting as slow poisoning killers, who gagged the tolerance itself.
Blaming the RSS and BJP for everything wrong is secularism, while the 1984 anti-Sikh riots during the Congress regime were never looked upon as an act of intolerance.
Crying foul and intolerance over the Godhra Riots is secularism while even speaking of even punishing the culprits who burned an ebtire coach of the Sabarmati Express creating the riots was intolerance.
Not allowing Ghulam Ali to perform in India was a sign of intolerance, but slapping a fatwa against AR Rehman and cancelling his show was not.
Influential Clerics’ declaration Salman Rushdie to be barred from India is acceptable, because he ‘hurt’ their religious sentiments.
Slapping the most idiotic fatwa against a Bollywood star, declaring him a ‘kafir’ (infidel) for attending a Ganesh Pooja was not intolerance.
It was heard that Mamata Banerjee’s men stopping a women’s football match on demand from some local conservative Muslim clerics in Bengal because ‘it would have a wrong influence on the women of their area’ (you read that right) was not intolerance.
Not allowing the numerically superior Hindu community to perform Durga Puja in West Bengal’s Birbhum district but the ruling Trinamool government is intolerance yet they are all out against the centre shedding crocodile tears against the so-called rise in intolerance.
Some conservative Christians protesting against ‘Agnes of God’ and the release of the ‘Da Vinci code’ in India was not intolerance.
It was fine to argue against the death penalty of a 26/11 convict Azmal Kasab and Mumbai serial blast convict Yakub Memon.
Rightful protest against the Dadri lynching, but pin drop silence when a Hindu youth is killed for saving cows. Because it’s ‘revenge’. Hisab barabar!
People who boast ‘I just had beef, jo karna ho kar lo’ would never have the guts to eat pork near any mosque.
In India, no one gives a fuck until & unless a problem has got something to do with their own religion & community.
If India has to be secular, then state should not interfere with religion, but then why should my tax money go for Haj subsidy. Is that not a special favour to one specific religion? But as a friend, if just one haj subsidy allows my Muslim brothers to be happy then I’m happy to still let them do it. I would love to hear stories of their trip.
People who demand Hindus to be secular are the same people who refuse prasad or even a tilak on their forehead, just because that is ‘against’ their religion.
I’ve never been hesitant going to Haji Ali, had my schooling done at a Catholic school, sang biblical verses with the same enthusiasm. Yet I’ve seen people refusing to enter temples. I’d never mind, because that was ‘against’ their religion.
Isn’t secularism everyone’s responsibility? First bring a change within yourself, then proceed to mock the state of the nation.
To be honest, even I’m tired of things happening in this nation, but the bigger problem is the double standards you people maintain about India’s secularism!