The recent tussle between Raj Thackeray and Amar Singh because of Big B launching a school in UP has raised quite a storm in Mumbai. Mumbai witnessed some minor rioting and it was reported that even Big B’s residence was targeted by miscreants. So was it more a case of gaining political mileage by both the parties concerned at the expense of (probably) India’s most famous actor – Amitabh Bachchan?
Recently Sania Mirza was also a target of the political class and some publicity seeking enthusiasts who derived mileage out of the way she sat!!! Her sitting in a particular manner insulted our National Flag – or so they say! It was reported in the media that the issue affected Sania so much that she even thought of giving up her tennis. If that would have happened, India would have lost a National Icon, not to mention a good sportsperson.
This brings to fore our question – Are celebrities an easy targets for our politicos to gain mileage? While the jury is out on that, we feel that it would be better if our politicos attended to actual people problems and got around to solving them. For while India gets spoken about in the global world for its 9.5% rate of growth, which is only second to China, the truth is that there are still millions amongst us who do not get a decent meal a day. Farmer suicides still happen and thousands of children drop out of government schools for lack of proper teaching facilities.
The other issue attached to this is – Are out Metros meant only for the original inhabitants who stayed there? It is very well known that Mumbai is made up of a mix of people who hail from different parts of the country and have made the city what it is today. Even Bollywood has actors from different languages and cultures who are adored by millions of people across the globe. There are the Khans and the Kapoors and the Akshays and also the Aamchi Mulgis Matondkars and Kulkarnis who come together to make this industry a magnet for millions. If these people can co-exist and thrive in harmony then what stops the ordinary residents of this city from being otherwise? Food for thought, Right?