Saturday, April 15, 2006

Congress and BJP vs Bhagwati Patidar and Aamir Khan

Finally Congress and BJP have got something common to burn effigies of. And it’s none other than film actor Aamir Khan! He has become the target of violent protests (Congress workers stopped screening of ‘Rang De Basanti’ in Vadodara, Gujrat) because he visited the protest site of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activists in Delhi.
But for once, forget these political activists. I was reading comments to a news item about Aamir’s visit and I was shocked that even some people think that he should not be supporting this ‘Blackmail’ and should remain out even if this was ‘a paid appearance’! Now I must clarify that I am no great fan of Aamir, just like his acting and support some of his views (including the ones he expressed about media).
I am unable to understand how can anyone term a rightful demand as blackmail? Those people are demanding only what even Supreme Court has directed governments to do. The fact that these people have to resort to protests to get their basic right is a matter of shame for the Governments and instead of rectifying their callousness they are painting the protestors as anti-development. Ideal case of shooting the messenger!
Aamir Khan’s visit ensured that the NBA protest keeps getting its due share of media attention, which was waning off slowly.
Congress and BJP can shake hands and burn effigies. Bhagwati Patidar is not listening!