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#SalmanVerdict: Justice meted out, time for media to shift focus

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By Gaurav Sharma

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan known for delivering blockbusters that easily supersede the works of other Bollywood hunks, has been sentenced to 5 year rigorous imprisonment for mowing down a man sleeping on a pavement, while grievously injuring four other

The judgment has drawn sharp reactions from both die-hard fans and detractors alike. No sooner was the verdict passed than the Indian media started covering Salman Khan, like bumblebees swarming over a honey-soaked flower.

Fathom this: Twitterati has flooded the social media platform with #SalmanVerdict and #Salmanfoundguilty for days on end now. Facebook status updates also invariably revolve around the judgment on the superstar.

Being a popular Bollywood star, one would assume it to be quite natural for the masses to have an opinion on their Bhai. Things are, however, taken to a whole new level when a war of words escalates between celebrities, as to who was responsible for the ‘accident’.

Celebrities seem to have eschewed their sense of equanimity while the verdict being announced. Abhijeet, a famous Bollywood singer lost his wits so much so, that he started blaming the accident victim for ‘sleeping on the road and getting killed’.

The indiscriminate coverage of the Salman Khan verdict by the media shows the shoddy level to which journalism standards have stooped in the country. From showing an emotional Aamir Khan hugging Salman after the verdict, conducting ridiculous panel discussions on the issue, to propping up images of fanatic fans refusing to eat, all the post-Salman-verdict noise has only shrouded the important issues which affect the common man.

Moreover, the media has missed the opportunity to ask the more relevant question of whether the elite should hold the life of a common man as sacred or have the right to non-chalantly crush them under their wheels, thinking they have everybody in their pockets.

A young athlete has committed suicide following alleged harassment by her seniors. The Lok Sabha has passed the Juvenile Justice Bill, the GST Bill has been steered through. These are just some of the many stories that remain veiled under the deluge of Dabanng news.

Just a handful of media channels chose to focus on the issues that matter to the man on the street. Hardly any news channel thought it pertinent to ask why it took an overwhelming 13 years for justice to be served.

It is not as if the world has come to an end with Salman being imprisoned. Truth be told, a guilty man deserves to be punished, that too at the earliest.

Salman could deny the allegations with all his heart and soul, but in the end the judgement was crystal clear in that he was inebriated at the time he was driving the SUV.

If only Being Human meant Being Humane, bhai would have thought twice before crushing someone under the wheels of his monster Land Rover.

The case is done and dusted and it is time for the guilty to serve his period. Media, please, move over.

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Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan Gives Some Valuable Tips to Scriptwriters During Lockdown

B-Town perfectionist Aamir Khan encourages scriptwriters during the battle with COVID-19 pandemic

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Aamir Khan advices scriptwriters amidst COVID-19. WikimediaCommons

Superstar Aamir Khan has some encouraging words for scriptwriters at a time when the world is at battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

His advice comes after winners of the second edition of “Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest” were announced digitally by Aamir, director Rajkumar Hirani, and writers Anjum Rajabali and Juhi Chaturvedi.

In the video of the announcement, Aamir expressed regret that the awards could not be announced at an event because of the lockdown.

He also said: “Those who did not make it to the top five should not get discouraged. In fact, scriptwriters should continue writing with more enthusiasm, especially during these times. Every filmmaker needs a good script.”

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Aamir Khan advices scriptwriters. Pixabay.

The first prize of Rs 25 lakh was won by Sejal Pachisia from California, US, whose story “On The Boundary” got unanimous thumbs-up from the jury members.

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“The quality of the work was stellar and we would like to congratulate the winners who are truly deserving and wish them success,” said Rohit Khattar, Chairman of Cinestaan Digital.
(IANS)

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Lockdown: Salman Khan Donates Food Supplies While Away From City

Superstar Salman Khan donates food supplies to villagers

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Salman Khan donates food supplies amid lockdown. Wikimedia Commons

Amid the lockdown, superstar Salman Khan is spending his time away away from the city at his farmhouse in Panvel, to aid the fight against coronavirus. Now, he has helped local villagers by donating large quantities of food supplies.

In a video shared on his Instagram account, Salman is seen loading trucks with food ration with the help of Iulia Vantur, Jacqueline Fernandez among others.

“Thanks for the contribution… thank you all @jacquelinef143 @vanturiulia @rahulnarainkanal @imkamaalkhan @niketan_m @waluschaa @abhiraj88,” the “Sultan” star wrote along with the video.

The clip also shows several carts and trucks moving out from the farmhouse, with the superstar himself guiding them out. The video comes after he urged people to take up the ‘Anna Daan’ challenge.

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Salman Khan posted a video on his Instagram account where he is seen loading trucks with food ration with the help of Iulia Vantur, Jacqueline Fernandez among others. wikimedia Commons

While many of his fans hailed the actor for the generous act, going on to call him a “man with a golden heart” and “Bhaijaan of Bollywood”, there was a section of users who pointed out how Salman and his close associates were not wearing any mask, or gloves — flouting a very basic preventive measure to safeguard oneself against the highly contagious virus.

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Meanwhile, Salman recently showcased his singing skills as he sang “Pyaar karona”, a song aimed at cheering up people amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Written by Salman and Hussain Dalal, “Pyaar karona” released on Salman’s YouTube channel. Apart from this, Salman has been seen creating COVID-19 awareness among people through his videos on social media. Recently, he came out with a very serious message for those who have violated the COVID-19 lockdown. He called the violators “jokers”. (IANS)

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Congress To Use Tribal Card to Regain Power in the Country

Congress to use tribal card to improve countrywide position

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Congress will be using the tribal card to regain dominance and their plan of action will begin from Chhattisgarh. Wikimedia Commons

BY SANDEEP PAURANIK

In order to regain dominance in the country, the Congress is mulling using the tribal card. This plan of action is to be first implemented in Chhattisgarh.

Riding on the success of the Assembly and urban body elections, the Congress feels that it can increase it base through tribals as they constitute 8 per cent of the total population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first three Assembly elections in the state, after its formation in 2000, recorded huge victories and came to power. But after the Assembly elections held last year, the scenario changed. After registering a victory in the Assembly elections and then in the urban body polls, the Congress showed that it still dominates the tribal areas.

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Former President of Congress Rahul Gandhi gave an important message while innaugrating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

The Congress gave the responsibility of the tribal areas to the tribal leader of Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar which eventually helped the party. Now, the party is planning to spread out nationwide through Chhattisgarh.

Former party president Rahul Gandhi, while inaugurating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, gave a message to the tribals who are here to participate in the festival that the Chhattisgarh government is working for all the sections and this is the reason why there has been a downward trend in naxal attacks and the state economy has also improved.

The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country because the tribal population in the state is 32 per cent.

BJP media panellist Sandeep Sharma, however, claims that the party’s base has not shrunk. He said till Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not divided, the Congress was strong in the area but in the elections held after three years of the bifurcation, the BJP won the Assembly elections and was in power for 15 years. Though we faced defeat in the 2018 elections, the only reason was that people wanted a change but they were not angry with the BJP, he claimed.

The BJP won in the Lok Sabha elections and the margin in the urban body elections was also not much. So, it would be inappropriate to say that the BJP’s base has shrunk, he said adding that in one year the Congress’ base has declined by 9 per cent whereas in Assembly elections it got 12 per cent more votes and in urban body elections the margin was 3 per cent.

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The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country. Wikimedia Commons

Analysing the political landscape of the state, political analyst Rudra Awasthi said, “When it was Madhya Pradesh then the Congress had stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Several big leaders were also from the state but after the formation of Chhattisgarh since Ajit Jogi was accused of being a fake tribal the Congress lost its stronghold over the tribals. Though it continued to dominate in some of the areas which helped it in regaining the power.

“As of now, the Congress has started including the tribals with the backward class. First Bhupesh Baghel was the state chief of the party and he was replaced by Mohan Markam as he became the Chief Minister. During the Assembly elections, the Congress talked about the identity of the tribals which helped the party. After winning the elections, the decisions of the Congress government were in favour of the tribals which helped the party in the urban body elections,” said Awasthi.

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The Congress is mulling over spreading its message to the tribals across the country through the three-day festival going on here. For this several senior leaders of the party will attend the festival and share the government’s schemes while giving the message that the Congress government in the state has brought a positive and a significant change in the lives of the tribals. (IANS)