Well, of course, celebrities have a purpose beyond whatever that makes them celebs. If Bob Geldof, Princess Di and Mia Farrow could swivel world attention to ‘boring’ but deadly serious subjects like African poverty, land mines and Chinese human rights violations, why can’t Kolkata’s Famous People with Feelings (FPF) also have their 15 minutes of public anguish in Lalgarh? One question though: the FPF that included filmmaker-actor Aparna Sen, poet Joy Goswami and actor Shaoli Mitra were in the battlezone to do exactly what?
Considering ‘Lalgarh’ is still very much news in Bengal, it sure isn’t about bringing the issue to people’s notice. “We don’t believe in political violence, violence and counter-violence,” Ms Sen put it nicely in her black outfit and red bandanna. But wasn’t it a bit selfish of the completely liberal well-wishers from Kolkata to perhaps come in the way of the security personnel’s work to bring an end to the violence in Lalgarh?
And even if they didn’t obstruct operations, why were they there? If we can criticise politicians for ‘dropping by’ in disaster or conflict zones, there’s no reason why these good people should be spared. Which leads to why they were there in the first place: to show everyone that they are good people.