Friday, February 5, 2016

Digest for - 1 update in 1 topic (Dr. Jai Maharaj): Feb 05 06:23PM

By Anant Vijay
The Pioneer
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
In recent times, the Indian intellectual elite has been
cribbing about rising religious intolerance and the lack
of freedom of expression in this country. Yet, the
institutions they run often discriminate on the basis of
caste and creed
The world's largest free literature festival, the Zee
Jaipur Literature Festival, came to a close recently,
without running into any major scandal. Although some
controversy crept in, it made little impact. Film-maker
Karan Johar sarcastically said that the freedom of
expression in this country was a joke and democracy, an
even bigger joke. He also tried to fuel the 'intolerance'
debate by saying that it was difficult to say one's mann
ki baat in this country. By criticising India's freedom
of expression, Mr Johar has made a mockery of himself.
It was only due to the freedom of expression which the
Constitution guarantees to every citizen of this country,
that Mr Johar had the courage to say that democracy was a
"joke". Some say that artistes are emotional creatures,
but Mr Johar appeared to be childish. Perhaps, some
people who came to this planet with a silver spoon in
their mouth will never appreciate the essence of
Also, Mr Johar's jibe adds substance to the perception
that celebrities willingly rake up controversy when they
have a film or a book to release. They know that public
memory is short and, therefore, they make controversial
comments without worrying about the consequences. It's
only when Mr Johar's biography was to be released, that
he realised that there has been a rise in intolerance and
that our democracy is a joke. Actor Shah Rukh Khan too
expressed his views on intolerance just before the
release of his film Dilwale.
However, when a section of people gave a call to boycott
his film, Mr Khan said that Dilwale was not just his baby
but a collaborative effort. The fact is that film stars
think that controversy ensures instant success for their
films or books.
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Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti
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