No place for apologies
If Aamir is really worried about the people displaced by the Narmada dam, he should have done more than just make statements.india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 01:03 IST
If Aamir is really worried about the people displaced by the Narmada dam, he should have done more than just make statements. Everybody blames the BJP, but this is the second time an incident like this has happened. When the Cauvery dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka took place, cine artists had taken out a morcha. Karnataka, where the Congress was in power then, reacted by banning all Tamil movies and cancelling all Tamil programmes on TV channels.
No group or any individual has the right to protest in a manner that is harmful to democracy. Nobody has a right to indulge in bullying tactics.
The objective of BJP seems to be to silence all critics and if a person like Amir Khan can be made to apologise, then no other celebrity would dare to make any statements against the BJP.
Senior BJP MP V.K. Malhotra admitted that his party had a hand in the blackout of Faana when he said: “Aamir should apologise for his remarks on Narmada. We are ready to put an end to this row if he does so.” But Aamir Khan merely repeated what the Supreme Court has said in its judgment last month. So, does the party want the apex court to apologise too? The BJP seems to have forgotten that in a democracy everybody have the right to air their opinions in public, if they are not offensive.
All for the creamy layer
Why can’t the government understand that if it wants to give equal opportunities to deprived people, it will not happen through reservations. Only the creamy layer will benefit through its policies. Reservations will not help the cause of the really deprived.
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First Published: Jun 01, 2006 01:03 IST