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The exchange of art and music between India and Pakistan has “strengthened over the years” and remains unaffected by political intervention on both sides, says popular Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali.

He feels music managed to be a bridge between the two nations even when artistes from his country were barred from performing in India due to political forces.

“Politics hasn’t really been able to ruin the musical bond between India and Pakistan. This bond has always been there. In fact, it has strengthened over the years,” Shafqat told IANS during his visit here.

“I believe that had this musical bond not been there, the situation would have been worse. But, yes, there are times when a lot of things get cancelled due to tension. Like the Ghulam Ali concert got cancelled,” he said in reference to the cancellation of the ghazal maestro’s scheduled performance in Mumbai due to protests by right-wing outfit Shiv Sena last year.

“These types of political movements do affect this bond. But what’s good is that neither Ghulam Ali said that now he will not perform in India, nor did his Indian fans say that they don’t want him here,” Shafqat said.

In that sense, he believes music has been a constant bridge.

“We always try to do so through various projects (together with Indians). Sometimes the traffic gets high or low, but that happens due to the political situation or some other factors… But this bridge has always been there,” he said.

Nevertheless, he believes that when governments from the two sides begin bilateral talks and negotiate on issues, they should be brought to a logical end.

“It takes just one person who comes and does something or says something that builds controversy. And after that, everything gets ruined and goes back to zero. I feel we should understand that whatever we are starting, we should take it to the end and ignore people who try to ruin that on both sides,” he said.

Asked about his experience of working in India, Shafqat, who has cronned hit Bollywood numbers like “Mitwa”, “Yeh Honsla”, “Bin Tere” and “Dildaara”, said: “Bollywood was always open for Pakistani artistes. It is growing every day.

“Also, a lot of people from India like Daler Mehndi, Mika Singh and Kailash Kher have performed in Pakistan. People’s choice of music is same on both sides. The songs which get popular in India get popular in Pakistan and vice-versa.”

Shafqat says he also gets the love and attention of Indian music aficionados when he performs here, and finds it “a whole different experience”.

Does he feel Indian and Pakistani musicians today are getting widely influenced by western trends?

To that, Shafqat said: “Different trends have come and gone by, but only those songs get popular and stay with you which are melodious and meaningful. There are a lot of melodious tracks that we get to hear even today in India.” (INAS)

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  • sudheer naik

    There is always a interrelation between India and Pakistan.music is one of them and It creates the bridge between the two countries and I even appreciate Bollywood for encouraging Pakistan singers for giving chance in the Industry

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Shoot The Rapist At The Sight

 And which type is contributing more dangerously to the society can easily be measured with our simple plus and minus equation

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This glaring aberration in the world of media is visible as clearly as stars in the darkness of the night.
India is plagued with a disease called Rape. Wikimedia Commons

Salil Gewali

  • India is plagued with a disease called Rape
  • There are no rigorous punishments for rape
  • Rapists openly commit crimes without anny fear

Why the clamour only for the rigorous punishment for rape and other sadistic crimes which have their roots in the mental-degeneration? Apart from the toughest punishment to the perpetrators, let’s go deeper to analyze what could be the possible  “causes”  that push men to commit rape. Why so much mental degeneration that certain individuals can stoop to the gutter being to their status, their position and social values? Well, how to address those issues is certainly a challenge. And that “challenge” certainly calls for a serious brain-storming and a serious self-assessment vise-a vise the environment in which we all are living.

Ranaghat Nun Rape Case
Rape culture in India garnered more spotlight following the Nirbhaya-gang rape, after which the issue has continue to remain a burning topic in the country. Pixabay

True, in the physical world we are highly convinced brag about that healthy environment is a must for our healthy living. Even kids know these days that we can’t breathe well if our surroundings are filled with high levels of  “toxicity”. We have well studied through our academic textbooks that people invite the environmental disaster if they keep on allowing excessive emission of CO2, CO, methane and other dangerous gases into the atmosphere. We have fully acknowledged that each tall and black chimney of the industries and the nozzles of the motor vehicles are here only to mar the beauty of this planet? What kind of damages the toxic gases are doing to our ecosystem are not at all tough job to analyze with modern appliances. Again, a lot amount of books have been published to create the awareness, to inform us about the scientifically tested measures to resolve the environmental concerns.

However, do we have the same amount of literature that pinpoint the “causes” which contribute to turning “males into perverts”? Who else is emitting the “toxic substances” that overpower the inborn sensitivity of the deviant? What are the properties of toxic filth that is polluting the mind-scape of the society? Now we have Donald Trump, the president of the USA, whom many prefer call him a pervert. At this rate, the number perverts are increasing and they have become dangerously ubiquitous. And, all those perverts have brought nightmares to the ill-fated females. We often stage candle march in protest against the rape, but remain blind to the glaring “causes”. Should we still fiddle about and be appreciative of the society that shameless covers itself with the vulgarity — the “toxicity” that might numb the sanity of males? Watch out, dear friends, those perverts have begun to see even “baby girls” as objects of lust!

Please note:  what our sages said:  “What you see that you think, what you think that you do and what you do that become !!!!”

Also Read: Eat Grapes To Ward Off Depression

Again, I would like to draw another similarity with what prompt big people to “rape”/violate the harmony of the Mother Earth. The case is very regularly brought out by the conscious citizens across the country. A senior journalist Patricia Mukhim of Meghalaya has pointedly driven home recently how the “greed for money” has corrupted many leaders who are trying hard to justify the senseless exploitation of the “body” of Mother Earth. Many big shots of big companies struggle to convince the politicians to tweak the laws to grant the permission to perpetually “rape” the country.

In my mind, both are infected with common syndromes! While the one type is interested in the body of the females, the other type has a fetish for the rocky body of the “Mother Earth”. And which type is contributing more dangerously to the society can easily be measured with our simple plus and minus equation.

The rape victims are not getting the justice they deserve.
The rape victims are not getting the justice they deserve.

Let’s assess the issues from another angle, given the advancement of medical science. Till some years back malaria, dengue, cholera, HIV, smallpox were life-taking diseases. But the medical science has pretty successfully eradicated or contained them all. The scientists have correctly identified the causes of those dangerous diseases and recommended the remedial measures. No doubt, that is a very productive achievement. However, why have the modern studies practically failed to “identify the causes”  of the pandemic rise of the horrendous instances of rapes and criminality associated with them? Is it not a strong slap in the face of the modern civilization considering we have not yet spelt out the causes and the characteristic symptoms the  “toxic emitters” who turn decent males into sadists? How long will we endure the depravity which has already strangulated the decency of the society? Should we still wait to work out the tough laws? Should we still hitch to explore for the “causes” and remedial measures? I guess the time is ripe that each morally conscious individual be allowed a shotgun to shoot the “perversion and depravity” of any kind at sight!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali.