Of course Jang Group continues trying to push their ‘Aman Ki Asha‘ initiative down people’s throats. Todays paper too carries a 4-page insert tooting it’s horn, that despite the fact that a day earlier they themselves reported having received another slap in their face from the most-loved-by-Pakistanis Indian by the name of Amitabh Bachan. Of course they will continue to worship Bachan, and wear this slap in their face as a badge of honor.
But of course this stupidity will continue, as will the ‘war on terror‘. It is interesting to note that the writer write:
“Instead of showing due courtesy to a visitor from Pakistan who had specially flown in to Mumbai for the recital, Mr Amitabh Bachchan deliberately waited for a few minutes for Zia Mohyeddin’s exit. He then made his appearance to the expected applause, mumbled a few innocuous words and sentences about the Aman ki Asha initiative and then devoted the remaining 60 minutes plus to a fine recitation of his distinguished father’s poetry which received frequent applause. It was immediately obvious that from fear of criticism from racist and religious fascists like Mr Bal Thackeray and the Shiv Sena, Mr Amitabh Bachchan had made sure that he would not be seen simultaneously on stage with the distinguished visitor from Pakistan.
This one facet alone struck a sharp, discordant note that jarred with the central theme of Aman ki Asha, which is to bring people and public figures from both the countries together and to demonstrate a mutual capacity to transcend real or imagined schisms and conflicts of the past and the present.
It was disappointing to note that The Times of India had agreed to this arrangement by which the two personalities making their respective presentations of poetry were deliberately prevented from being seen together.”
But no surprise he goes on to add:
Fortunately, the spirit of Aman ki Asha is far greater than the physical reach of some of those who participate in this process.
May the Jang group and The Times of India group continue to make their respective valuable contributions for peace and friendship between Pakistan and India.
P.S. I think the only purpose it serves is for the Jang honchos and our ‘celebrities’ and civil society aunties to get a chance hob-nob with Bollywood stars and starlets and pat each other on the back for doing ‘such noble work’.