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Private lives of public figures are wide open to public scrutiny, says Rodrigues

Can they be ethical in public if they are unethical in private?

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Recently Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Ashutosh jumped in to the defense of Delhi government Women and Child and Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar on the issue of sex CD. He termed the whole saga of sexual liaison of Sandeep Kumar as a private affair between two consenting parties.

Next day, the victim lodged a police complaint against the Minister of rape. Naturally, this put Ashutosh in an awkward position. Demand for his sacking and termination from Aam Aadmi Party is gaining ground. AAP’s MLA from Bijwasan assembly seat, Colonel Devdinder Sehrawat also criticized Ashutosh’s utterances and said that they were against party’s value system.

Advocate Aires Rodrigues from Goa has penned down his take on the matter of privacy of a public figure. Mr Rodrigues says:

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Mr. Aires Rodrigues

Persons in Public life are expected to be moral exemplars of morality and ethics as they have pledged to uphold and defend that realm. There is no dividing line between their personal and public life. Private lives of public figures are wide open to public scrutiny. What they do in their private life matters and does impact their public responsibilitiesCan they be ethical in public if they are unethical in private? Their private life reveals more about morals than their sound bites.

That British MP Keith Vaz has now been caught in a very scandalizing sex scandal only exposes the sagging moral values of those in public life. Less said the better on the numerous Aam Aadmi Party Ministers and MLAs in Delhi caught in similar disgraceful acts.

Ashutosh, Aam Aadmi Party. Wikimedia Commons
Ashutosh, Aam Aadmi Party. Wikimedia Commons

Manohar Parrikar and Atmaram Nadkarni were also once spotted at the red light area at Pattaya in Bangkok. Manohar Parrikar had publicly defended his visit by claiming that it was not to have sex but that he merely enjoyed two Thai massages. “Do I have to go so far for sex” is what Manohar Parrikar had quipped.

The French Nobel Prize winning Author and Philosopher Albert Camus had rightly said: “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world”. We cannot afford to have wolves in sheep’s clothing!

Advocate Rodrigues lives in Goa, India. Twitter @rodrigues_aires

  • Kabir Chaudhary

    Yes, it is true that private lives of public figures are always open to public scrutiny but it is also important that each of us as an individual should respect their privacy and not scrutinise them every time.

    • Dr. Ferdinando

      Or is it that ones with ROT within them should not venture into public life? After all, Indians do follow the public figure.

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    Yes, it is true that private lives of public figures are always open to public scrutiny but it is also important that each of us as an individual should respect their privacy and not scrutinise them every time.

    • Dr. Ferdinando

      Or is it that ones with ROT within them should not venture into public life? After all, Indians do follow the public figure.

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Important For Public Figures to Have Sense of Responsibility, Says Anupam Kher

"I have a Hindi film called 'One Day' directed by Ashok Nanda. It is coming up sometime in May. It is a thriller," he shared

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Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher (Wikimedia Common)

Veteran actor Anupam Kher says that it is important for public personalities to have a sense of responsibility.

Anupam on Saturday treated his fans with a Q&A session on Twitter, where a user asked him if public figures (actors and sportspersons) are role models. Should they always be held to the highest degree of moral and ethical standards or given a more lenient treatment as they are also imperfect like anyone else?

“It is very important for public figures to have a sense of responsibility,” he replied.

Another user asked the actor if he could tweet in support of actress-filmmaker Kangana Ranaut’s latest release “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi”.

Anupam called Kangana a rockstar.

“She is brilliant. I applaud her courage and performances. She is also the real example of women empowerment,” he said.

Talking about his favourite scene from the 1995 film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, he said: “My scene with Shah Rukh Khan about celebrating failure.”

Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher (Wikimedia Commons)

A Twitterati said that “Uri: The Surgical Strike” overshadowed his film “The Accidental Prime Minister”.

“So what? I am so happy about it. Josh over behosh,” he replied, with a smiling emoji.

Asked what made him take up the medical series “New Amsterdam”, he replied: “Challenge of acting in an English language series. I think in Hindi. Also ‘New Amsterdam’ is an amazing series to be part of.”

Talking about what film’s failure bugged him the most, he said after the 1991 film “Lamhe” did not do well at the box office when it was released, he was disappointed.

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“But now it is considered to be a cult classic. Maybe it came before its time,” he added.

What’s next for Anupam?

“I have a Hindi film called ‘One Day’ directed by Ashok Nanda. It is coming up sometime in May. It is a thriller,” he shared. (IANS)