By M K Bhadrakumar
Facts go against SRK
The SRK episode is becoming curiouser and curiouser. K P Nayar, the veteran ‘Washington hand’ of The Telegraph, who is extremely well-informed thanks to a decade-long stint in the US capital and his first-grade professionalism, has unearthed the devil in the fine print of the SRK story. It appears that the matinee idol landed up on American soil on a wrong visa.
KP’s viewpoint is balanced. ‘Islamophobia’ is a fact of life in America. Countries that go through searing experiences like 9/11 (or 26/11 in Mumbai and the Beslan school siege in Russia) may develop phobias, but that has nothing to do with racism. That is the plain truth, because it is human nature. But in this case, SRK can’t complain.
The Americans observed the law — perhaps, a little too literally that a celebrity like SRK is unused to in our society with its feudal culture of fawning over the lords and the nouveau riche. External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna should calm down. This is the second time he barged in without checking up facts. The first one was in interfering with the tragic life of two Indian children in Norway. Unfortunately, in the competitive environment of Indian politics today, EAM is coming under pressure, lest someone accused him of being waffly. Opinions may vary, but facts, Sir, are sacrosanct. Diplomacy is always well-rooted in facts.
Obviously, the Americans have dutifully apologised. Why? For one thing, they know the prickly Indian character well enough. Second, they don’t want to take punka with us on such a trivial matter. Iran nuclear issue? Yes. Nuclear Liability Act? Yes. SRK? For heaven’s sake, NO.
From KP’s dispatch, available facts seem to suggest SRK has no case to be unhappy except that he was treated like an ordinary mortal by the Americans. Ever read Jane Austen novels in your college days, SRK? Be proud without being vain — that’s what she wrote. SRK should tell the MEA to move on.
Posted in Diplomacy.
There have been murmurs of treating the Americans the same way as they have been treating our idols.
But, can we?
You go to any tourist place and see how the local people associated with tourism fall over each other in trying to get their business and fleece them.
Even the government fleeces through whatever charges are imposed for any facilities.
If the charge for an Indian is Rs 10/-, the charges for a tourist is Rs 100/-, i.e ten times more.
The corruption sanctioned by our government has made us a sick nation.
Forget BRIC of GDP.
Just look at Mamta's behaviour in arresting a Jadavpur University professor for passing a chain mail cartoon which she says denigrated her.
If she acts in a denigrating manner how can she expect cartoons praising her.
That can be done only by sycophants and that is what she should watch out for.
Sycophants never give the correct picture.
Remember Indira Gandhi deciding to call for elections after the imposition of Emergency.
It was done on the advice of sycophants and we all saw the result