Popular actor and senior politician Shatrughan Sinha is known to be a man with a sense of humour. Unfortunately, the 68-year-old seems worried that the rest of the leaders seem to be losing theirs.
While he maintains a neutral stand when it comes to commenting on his fellow politician and good friend Jaya Bachchan’s appeal to ban radio jockeys from mimicking parliamentarians, he does feel that politicians, in general, need to lighten up.
“I wouldn’t want to comment on what Jaya ji said, because I don’t know what case she was referring to. If it was personal, I agree, she is right. We have known each other since college days and I was very protective of her when she was dating Amit ji (Amitabh) those days. I remember she used to jokingly call me “papa”, so it’s not like she doesn’t have a sense of humour. Having said that, I think humour door jaa raha hai (humour is going away). I don’t know why. In my opinion, it is a very sweet way to appreciate someone.”
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He pauses, and adds, “Even in politics, we have people with a brilliant sense of humour. We, of course, have Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji. He had a good sense of humour. Lalu (Prasad Yadav) ji, too, uses humour to good effect,” he says.
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About serious matters, he says that the uproar about certain celebrity MPs not attending Parliament sessions is justified. “It’s a learning centre. Parliament teaches you what our country is going through, the problems and the solutions. You get to know so much about India. You don’t actively participate, you don’t talk much, but come and sit. The people who are bringing in such people should also see to it that they attend sessions. I think they should undergo some counselling on why it’s important to be present. I know there is an orientation session at the start, but some still need counselling,” he says, without taking names. The controversy was caused by the absence of Rajya Sabha MPs Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha.