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Ghulam Ali ban: What will your verse be, Mr Thackeray?

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“We are admirers of Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali and listen to his music… But we cannot permit his concert here in view of the killings perpetrated by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists on our borders.”

~Aditya Thackeray

“We can not permit…” Who are you to say so Mr Thackeray? Did you sit in the Constituent Assembly which formed the Constitution of India? Did you serve as a Chief Justice who interprets laws? Are you the Prime Minister of India? Who are you?

You are a person, or a people, with agenda. As you say, you admire his ghazals and listen to his music then what compels you to this Ghulam Ali ban? In absence of something meaningful to do with your lives, people like you need something to cling on. You need these ridiculous ideas to thrive.

The moment you don’t get a pitch to dig up, your whole political base will get depleted. If you don’t have Maratha pride story to tell, how will you keep your fandom intact! If you don’t do this India-Pakistan thing, how will your cadre consider you to be the true patriot!

It is understandable that at such young age and with your ‘Yuva Sena’ you have too much to do. Being a political leader, or leader in making, takes too much away from us. The first thing to let go is, apparently, common sense as it doesn’t make any sense to me how rejection of artistes in India will solve the issue at border?

Why this hypocrisy of listening to his ghazals? Why can’t you mobilise your people to go on rampage, ask for people’s phones and delete their playlist with any song that has a Pakistani like Ghulam Ali, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mehdi Hasan, Abida Parveen and other!

In fact, if you look for the Pak connection, our young people would have no songs in their phones because all of us, shamelessly, download from songs.pk!

Politics, diplomacy, law and art are different fields. Even if the first three are interrelated, can we please leave the art alone. Robin Williams’ character John Keating remarked in Dead Poets Society, “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” The same is applicable for music as poetry is a big part of it.

The notion of nationalism is good; patriotism is worth dying for but it is compassion, rejection of hatred and fake ideologies is one must strive for.

The question is, how does this help India as a nation and Indians as people? If stopping to play cricket with Pakistan solves border issues, I will take a Shiv Sena membership for life and pay for it. If Ghulam Ali not singing a tribute to Jagjit Singh, his friend and one of India’s best contemporary ghazal singers, stops the unprovoked firings at borders, I would visit the samadhi of Bal Thackeray and place wreaths on it.

But it doesn’t. It hasn’t. It won’t.

You are a young man of 25 years. Wikipedia says you are a published poet and lyricist. By doing this politics of bans and protests, we all know “that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse,” and but I wonder Mr Thackeray, “What will your verse be?”

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Shiv Sena Worker To Force Shut Over 500 Meat Seller Shops On Navratri

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Gurgaon, September 22, 2017: Shiv Sena workers allegedly close down over 500 chicken and meat shops on September 21 on account of Navratri festival.

Reportedly, Ritu Raj, general secretary and spokesperson of Shiv Sena Gurgaon said a notice has been served to meat seller in the area and a strict action will be taken if one denies following the instruction. He also stated that no restrictions have been imposed on the big franchise like KFC, McDonald’s which are not operating in open areas.

There has been a raid of force shutdown of meat sellers shop in the areas like Surat Nagar, Palam Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Pataudi Chowk, Jacobpura, Sadar Bazar, Sector 5 and 9,  Khandsa Anaj Mandi, bus stand, DLF area, Sohna and Sector 14 market.

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Raj also stated that a memorandum has been served to the Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon Vinay Pratap Singh commanding to shut down the raw meat shops for the next 9 days but the district administration did not put a proper response to that.

The matter is been looked upon and any hindrance to the law will not be entertained. In case if Shiv Sena workers forcefully Shut down the meat shops, a severe action will be drawn against them if any grievance is registered in this regards.

– prepared by Abhishek Biswas Twitter: @Writing_desire

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Indian-Americans Slam Singer Mika Singh for saying ‘Humara Pakistan’ in an Independence Day Video

In spite of the controversies, Mika Singh performed in Houston and Chicago

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Mika Singh faces wrath for saying humara Pakistan. Twitter
  • 15 August ko humara Hindustan azaad hua tha aur 14 ko humara Pakistan, says Mika Singh 
  • He received a lot of criticism for it from Indian- American public, Indian politicians
  • Indian Americans in large numbers strongly criticized the ill-timed video

New Delhi, August 14, 2017: Mika Singh performed in  Houston and Chicago on August 12 and 13 respectively to celebrate Pakistan and India’s Independence Day. He received a lot of criticism for it from Indian- American public, Indian politicians, twitter world and the FIA).

Earlier, the organizers of the show posted a video of Mika talking about his performance in which he said that he’s looking forward to celebrating the Independence Day of India and Pakistan. He said, “15 August ko humara Hindustan azaad hua tha aur 14 ko humara Pakistan,” The 40-year-old singer drew criticism for saying ‘humara Pakistan’  and evoked angry twitter reactions- “Shame on you. Are you celebrating Pakistani Day? Do you know how many of our Army Jawans are being killed by Pakistan?” a user tweeted.

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FIA is a non-profit umbrella organization of other Indian associations in the Chicago land and Mid-West area for the Indian community. Iftikaar Shareef, Trustee Chairman FIA said, “We will not tolerate you (Mika Singh) participating in Pakistan’s Independence Day.” He also said that if he’s coming to Chicago he should better be prepared for actions taken by them. As per a collective vote, he said that Mika is not welcome to Chicago if he goes to Houston. Kanti N. Patel, president of FIA said, “We should oppose Mika Singh’s performance as Indians.” They said that they will protest if he performs in Houston for Pakistan’s Independence Day and then comes to Chicago to celebrate Indian Independence Day.

WATCH THE VIDEO: FIA Press Conference Condemning Mika Singh 

The federation includes groups like Indo-American Association of Greater Houston, India Culture Center, India House, Gujarati Samaj of Houston, Graduate Indian Student Organization of the University of Houston and Patanjali Yogpeeth.  “We have a strained relationship (with Pakistan)… If he has any sense of patriotism, he should cancel this concert. Money is not everything in life. Country comes first always,” said Col (rtd) Vipin Kumar, executive director India House Inc who wanted the concert to be canceled.

Amee Patel, president of Gujrat Samaj, Houston, said: “As an organization of Indian-origin (people), we fully stand behind our flag and our other Indian community organizations in protesting against this event and we do not support this event in any fashion.” Swapan Dhairyawan, a community activist and former president of the India Culture Centre, said that it would not have been an issue if the artist was performing for a regular concert. But he emphasized it as a celebration of Pakistan’s Independence Day and saying in his viral video ‘Humara Pakistan’ is unforgivable and unfortunate.

Indian Americans in large numbers strongly criticized the ill-timed video and expressed their anger towards the statement that the show is a joint celebration. They said that the video comes across as a ‘cruel joke’ in the wake of the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC, resulting in deaths of many innocent civilians and the armed forces personnel.

According to a PTI report, Ramesh Shah, an Indian-American philanthropist said   “Celebrating India’s Independence Day is for those who believe in India and its freedom and democracy…It can never happen with Pakistan, and not when they are sponsoring and supporting Pakistani terrorists on the Indian soil.”

Mika Singh also drew the ire of several political parties. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chitrapat Sena Chief Amey Khopkar tweeted, “Mika Singh is doing Hamara Pakistan concert in USA. Open challenge to him, try holding a mic (microphone) in Maharashtra now,” The MNS leader said that he would write to CM Devendra Fadnavis seeking suitable action against the singer for his unpatriotic remarks.

Later, on August 12, MNS staged protests in Mumbai, Pune and Nashik, burned the Pakistani flag and effigies of Mika. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said, “He should know that the Pakistan which he is praising is our enemy. Pakistan always plans and plots against India and to praise such a country is incorrect.” Nirupam has asked Mika to apologize for his shameful act and to withdraw his statement. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut also spoke on this issue and said that the artists should not compromise on patriotism over commercial benefits.

 ALSO READ: Delhi police arrests singer Mika for assaulting doctor at an event

India and Pakistan are not on good terms and there is a lot of tension between the two countries so this is not a correct time for an Indian artist to perform in Pakistan, celebrating their Independence Day when after the 2016 Uri attack all the Pakistani artists were banned to work in India. Twitter users criticized Mika Singh:


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Pakistan military Claim to have captured one Indian soldier, killed 8 when Indian army opened fire across LoC

The dead bodies of the Indian soldiers are still to be recovered by the Indian forces as they lay unattended at the LoC

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Islamabad, September 29, 2016: Pakistan military claimed that it has killed eight Indian soldiers and captured one while retaliating to India’s firing at the first line of defence at the Line of Control (LoC) at Tatta Pani, a media report said today.

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Citing security sources, Dawn newspaper said that the capture and killings occurred when the Indian army opened fire across the border, killing two Pakistani soldiers.

“The dead bodies of the Indian soldiers are still to be recovered by the Indian forces as they lay unattended at the LoC. Security sources say the Indian army has yet to recover the bodies for fear of coming under fire from Pakistan,” the paper claimed.

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The paper identified the captured soldier as 22-year-old Chandu Babulal Chohan son of Bashan Chohan from Maharashtra. It said he has been shifted to an undisclosed location. However, there was no official word on the report.

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A Pakistan army statement said “an exchange of fire between Pakistani and Indian LoC troops began at 2:30am and continued till 8:00am in the Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors” and added that “Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC.” (IANS)