On the 26th of JAN when INDIA celebrated its 61st Republic Day I had written a post titled “ Phir mile sur – Mile Bollywood hamara ??” where I was (atleast sounded to be) critical of the fact that too much of Bollywood was a part of the Video and that not much screen space was given to the sportsmen and the defense forces. Today I was pleasantly surprised to see a video thanks to my friend Kiran.
Today INDIA celebrated its 61st Republic Day and like every other republic day I was glued to DD, the only time most people will switch to the national channel as they don’t have any other option. The capital was enveloped in thick fog but that didn’t deter the spirit of the delhities who had turned out in huge numbers to witness the parade. The military and paramilitary contingents marched perfectly which was followed up by the 21 tableaux, representing 12 states as well as Central Ministries and Departments showcasing the nation’s culture, art forms, Scientific and technological progress and rich resources.
It was Independence Day and I was trying to catch snippets about I-Day celebrations but all I could see was about Shah Rukh Khan. BREAKING NEWS – ‘SRK Detained at Newark airport’ scroll was on all the News Channels. It was as if the media had nothing else to cover on a day that INDIA got its Independence except the SRK issue which was never one according to me. On that very day the AP government had admitted that 20 farmers had committed suicide over the last 40 days owing to the drought which has become a major cause of worry for the Govt of India. Instead of concentrating on such issues the Media goes about giving so much time to these nonsensical issues just because it involves some big Bollywood star SRK.
“It was absolutely uncalled for, I think, me having just finished working there for more than a month… just a couple of weeks ago,” SRK told The Times of India. “They said I have a common name which is causing the delay… checked my bags… I felt angry and humiliated.” OMG…In which Dream world does he live in. He needs to grow up and try to understand America views their own Security differently than the Indian Govt which is laid back pretty much on all important issues security being the key one. They strictly go by the rulebook and very serious about their duty. According to the reports it was clear that it was just a routine check up which lasted for 66 minutes which could have been less provided SRK baggage had come on time. So what if they asked him some questions like they ask to thousands of foreign travellers around world everyday.
“I was detained because I am a Khan”. What nonsense if that was the case then why wasn’t he questioned earlier. He goes to US 3-4 times a year and this is the first time he has experienced it. There are many Khans who are working in America for many decades and in high position – also Newark airport has many Indian American. Indian VIP’s(official and unofficial both) have a very fragile ego and they behave unknowingly like a Zamindars/nawabs/maharajas of the past. He must have been expecting demi-god treatment like in India and when he didn’t he went about telling every reporter that he was humiliated and such stuff. For a man who routinely insults fellow celebrities when he anchors some award ceremony, this was a like him getting a taste of his own medicine. He goes on to say that he does not want to return to US. Is he joking???Can he avoid it considering that the US represents more than 1/4th of the huge overseas market for Bollywood movies.
It was disgusting to read the statements of some ministers. Shashi Tharoor-The incident is deeply offensive. Praful Patel went a little further saying that it’s a matter to be taken up with the US government .To top it all our I&B minister Ambika Soni plays a school teacher and crazily suggests that we do a tit for tat for Americans !! ..It would be better if they spent some time on parliamentary issues rather than speaking out on such matters. But then what can u expect from the government which wants people like Robert Vadra not to be frisked just coz he is Madam’s son-in law. In India people play the minority card whenever it suits them. Shabana Azmi and Javed Akthar forgot they were given national awards and play this card but I want to ask them In which Muslim country do people of other religions get recognized.
The Page 3 crowd has been vociferous in condemning the ‘evil empire’ and the whole episode is being portrayed as it an assault to India’s dignity by some over-zealous US officers. Karan and Farah Khan , SRK best buddies tried to hype the issue even more as if it was not already. Karan might be happy that he need not publicize his movie now.But there were some who had different opinions. Salman Khan might have got his chance to take a pot shot at his rival..He was of the view that it is not a big issue to be taken so seriously and even our feisty offspin bowler Harbhajan Singh felt that it happens to them too. Infact 2 days before this incident took place Bob Dylan was roughed up by cops because he could not produce his identity. Al Gore was frisked by US airport authorities. Our ex President Abdul Kalam gets frisked but wisely he chooses not to comment.
After a lot of hue and cry on this issue SRK then told a private channel that he does not want an apology. Ohh I see then why the hell did he have to tell to the media that he was upset and all. He too knows that Indian Media like to make a huge mountain of molehill. He used that mentality to his advantage (Maybe for his promotion of his upcoming film ‘My Name is Khan’). He also added that America is not the only country in the world and they need to come out of their isolation. Oh yaa.. Then I guess its time to remind him that he is not the only icon in this world. He just rules Bollywood and not the whole world.
They say no publicity is bad publicity. SRK might have gone through hell (according to him) but it can be a blessing in disguise in more ways than one. He has turned a global icon and his upcoming movie has got free promotion. At the end of it all it was a reality check for SRK reminding that all are one and you don’t need to take everything to your heart. It’s time these film stars started to think of themselves as mortals. From dust we all came and to dust we all shall go. It is so very important to note that this happened on the day that India got independence. One thing is for sure that SRK won’t be celebrating Independence Day in US next time around .Hailing a person above law is the main reason of lawlessness in India. We got to come out of this “I am a VIP” attitude. Security is a major concern across the world. We have to accept it, and move on. If Dr. Kalam could gracefully go through routine security procedures at IGI, New Delhi, why can’t ‘King Khan’ do so?
On the eve of India’s 62nd INDEPENDENCE DAY, ISRO has dedicated to the people of the nation a new tool called ‘BHUVAN’ which means earth in Sanskrit. So what exactly is Bhuvan?? Bhuvan is India’s very own 3D mapping tool and it is one product truly made in India. It uses maps taken from Indian satellite and focuses on Indian sub-continent barring all sensitive locations such as military and nuclear installations.
It was supposed to be a once in a life time opportunity and many of those who could catch it live would definitely remember it for the rest of their life. Yes I am talking about the Total Solar Eclipse. As dawn broke on Wednesday,the century’s longest total solar eclipse began with thousands of sky gazers craning their neck skywards to catch the glimpse of the rare celestial spectacle.
Its been 5 years since the PM Manmohan Singh expressed his desire to see Mumbai one day become Shanghai. Why Shanghai ?? Shanghai and Mumbai. Two of Asia’s greatest cities, washed by the seas, blessed by history. Both began their modern journey as British Empire’s subjects – one became a fascination after the first Opium War in 1842, the other, a clutch of villages, had been gifted as dowry to Charles II almost two hundred years earlier. Not much headway has been made towards making this dream a reality. But on June 30th we could see an Engineering Marvel – Bandra- Worli sealink finally be opened to the Public.
It was one of the days when “nothing really worked” said Dhoni at the post match presentation. He was being too mild in his criticism if i can say that towards team INDIA’s lackluster performance against West Indies. It’s unlike the younger Dhoni who used to speak his mind in his hay days. India by virtue of being the champions in 2007 had been placed in an easier group and didn’t have to sweat it out to reach the super eight stage whereas Wes Indies were in the group of death and managed to beat Australia convincingly to enter the super eights.
It was only 3 months back on Dec 15th that an Iraqi Journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi stood up and shouted “this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,” before hurling a shoe at Mr. Bush which narrowly missed him. That incident captured the headlines around the world and Bush was smart and agile enough to duck under it. Click here to view the video
INDIA has created history in NZ by winning the series 1-0 and this being first series win after 41 long years and the only 13th series win overseas makes it even more cherishable. But India’s Wellington woes still remain. Its sad that it could not be 2-0 thanks to the weather gods and debatable captaincy from Dhoni but as soon as the match was abandoned and the test drawn congratulatory messages started pouring in. India is perhaps the only country where the president congratulates the team for their victory .This was no World Cup but India being such a cricket crazy nation it is bound to happen. BCCI didn’t waste any time and they announced a cash reward of 15 lakhs to each member of the winning team. Click here for the final day pics