Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Don’t sell your conscience to buy an award!  
Salman Nizami writes an open letter to Anupam Kher



Dear Mr. Anupam Kher,

I was impelled to write you a letter the day the Padma Bhushan award was announced for you. But I thought you must be too jubilant. Perhaps, you would be floating in the air. When people achieve something beyond their prowess or talent, they float in the air. No, do not write me off as a troll. For, I am not. And, I will be, anyway, explaining in great detail, why the Padma Bhushan award is an honour that exceeds your prowess or talent. And oh yes, I have a few questions, too. Questions pertaining to hypocrisy — your favourite topic for some time!

In a very short time, you have landed yourself in so many controversies that I am losing track how to organise my arguments in order. Every uttering of yours has been equally nauseating, and I am really at my wits end, what should be the order. Let it be random, hence.

You led a tolerance march few weeks back, to prove the point that India is not an intolerant nation. I, of-course, agree with you. But, then, you must also be reminded that if India is not an intolerant country, it is primarily because your apparently favourite party, and its parent organisations like the Jana Sangh and the RSS, were never ever allowed a lion's share in participatory politics. People of India forced those elements into a long hibernation and allowed our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to build modern India. An India, where voices of the weaker section was not subsumed by the muscle flexing of the high and mighty. 

Today you and I can boast of a tolerant India because this RSS was not allowed to dictate terms to the HRD Ministry and influence our education, and through it, our collective thought process. Something, which they are doing now with impunity. Last heard, they have advised the HRD ministry to not allow boys and girls to attend school together, and that school hours should be exceeded to 12 from six, so that everybody can learn Sanskrit. Phew! You, of course, would not talk about it, much less tweet about it. How can you? Who knows the just arrived Padma Bhushan may just be recalled? Just like your favourite party recalled all the honorable governors — to settle scores with the previous government — just after assuming power in 2014? By the way, that's another policy misadventure you will religiously not talk about.

The point is, what right do you have then to point at other people's hypocrisy? What right do you have to say that writers who returned awards over Dadri are hypocrites? What right do you have to question why they kept quiet during 1984 anti-Sikh riots, when you yourself are full of prejudices and do only selective criticism?

Anyway, let us now talk about the award that has just been 'gifted'. Fine, you did some spectacular film called Saraansh some 30 years back. So? Why should you be conferred a Padma Bhushan? What is your contribution to cinema? How are you ahead of all other dozens of film artistes who have been conferred the Padma Sri, a smaller award?

Let me begin with a few examples. Among the artistes from the film fraternity, who got the Padma Sri — I repeat, a lesser award — are Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Priyanka Chopra. Come'n Kher, tweet us five reasons why do you suppose you are a bigger star than Dixit or Rai or Chopra or have greater cinematic brilliance than that much younger director who has given us magnum opuses one after the other. Tweet, tweet. tweet us five reasons.

Do you think you are a bigger star than Madhuri Dixit? She ruled the industry, while you were a character artiste. Don't tell me I am a chauvinist. I am not trivialising character artists. I'm making assessment. You have been awarded for the films you have done. In most of your films, you amazed us. True. But you barely had a 20-25 minutes role. People like Dixit not only amazed us, they also shouldered the Box Office fate of the films. Why should you be given a bigger award than her? And what about Rai or Chopra? They are not only more successful than you, they have also bought the Miss World crown home, and added to the success story of India. You are consummate, but your achievements pale in contrast. Tweet, tweet. Please tweet, how and why you deserve a greater reward than them?

Between, Sania Mirza and Sourav Ganguly too have got only the Pama Sri. And mind you, we are not talking about anybody. We're talking about our very own Dada, the most successful ODI captain, arguably. He did India proud on countless occasions. Despite politics, he outshone. He fought. He inspired us how to be the survivor. Tweet, tweet, please tweet why his stature should be reduced to lower than yours?

The list doesn't end here. There are a whole lot of artists, scientists, sportspersons, musicians, engineers, academicians, writers, poets, dancers, who have all been given the Padma Sri. You, despite being a  small fish compared to them, have been given a bigger award. If you are so opposed to hypocrisy, tweet about the present government's bias. Tweet, that you have been overestimated. 

By the way, you did tweet something about the biases in award announcement. "AWARDS in our country have become a mockery of our system. There is NO authenticity left in any one of them. B it films, National or now PADMA", this is what you had tweeted on 26 January 2010, when some other party was in power. What now Kher? Now that the BJP is in power — a party to which your wife is associated — you no longer are able to see the biases? Or is that the biases now suit you because you got an award yourself? Tweet Kher, tweet. Or else, apologise for your fake tolerance march through which you supposedly exposed the hypocrisy of the writers. 

Between, there's another thing for which you should apologise. Your rantings on Times Now, especially that six minute long teaser. Who are you fooling when you say, thousands of Kashmiri Pandits were killed? Don't do such politics. How the hell can you claim thousands of Pandits were killed when even the government of India officially maintains that 219 Pandits were killed. My frequent visits to Migrant Camps throughout Jammu revealed to me how mothers who lost their sons or young wives are left in the lurch. Actors like you get awards in their name, but the ground reality is they are crying for the minimum financial assistance. They do not have the money to pay the tution-fees of their wards. They lack the basic amenities and have no source of income to sustain. Have you ever cared to solve their problems? If not, what right do you have to cry in the name of these people? I met a woman named Shikha Migrant from Pattan, whose husband was killed by unknown gun men. Shika is suffering from high sugar and back pain. Her only source of income is stitching cloths. She has to look after three daughters. She says neither you nor any mainstream politician ever paid her a visit. There are thousands of such women and children who have been left in the lurch although people like you vow of championing their cause.

We are not here to compete for tragedy. But your selective rendition of tragedy must be exposed. You talked about the gang rape of a KP woman in 1989. What stops you from talking about the mass rape of Muslim women in Kunan Poshpora? Don't indulge in this sort of politics for personal gain. The way you are reigniting the sentiments of KPs smacks of revenge. Don't forget if KPs had to leave behind their homes, over 70,000 Muslims too have been killed. What if all elders belonging to the Hindu and the Muslim communities take a leaf out of your book, and start inflaming the passion of the new generation? Are you keen for a civil war? 

Sometimes, your actions borders on inhumanity, I am sorry to say. In a programme meant to talk about the tragedies of the flood victims on a private television channel, you started ranting about KPs. What's wrong with you? And don't tell me you are one KP champion. You are not. You are a successful film artist happy with is own life in Mumbai and enjoying all the luxuries money can afford. KPs are just the means for you to gain limelight and remain in news, and of-course, to appease the current government, which may just shower you with more reward. 

Tweet, how many crumbling temples or houses in Kashmir have you repaired? Well, you can afford to restore at least one temple. Don't you? I agree this is the work of the establishment. Still, given your deep passion for religion and pain over crumbling temples, you can at least shell out a few lakhs and restore one. Have you? Why then bring God and religion in your discourse? Oh I forgot, you are anyway acting to appease a party that have always politicised over God and religion. 

Lastly, I will like to tell you about Mr Bindroo. Mr Bindroo is an old medical store owner in Kashmir. Half of the population trusts him and buys medicines from him. Mr Bindroo treats his customers - all Muslims - like his family. Like Mr Bindroo, there are many KPs who still have strong relations with Kashmiri Muslims. Just for the sake of fame and political convenience, don't divide the Kashmiris. We are one, We both have suffered. We both have to fight.

Mr Bindroo is a kind and compassionate man who has the heart to move on, and bridge the gap between the two communities. Be like Mr. Bindroo.

You, on the other hand, are indulging in double speak to gain the attention of the powers that be, and win a bigger award than what has been conferred to your colleagues who are greater artists than you. Don't be like yourself.

With the hope that you will tweet about your own hypocrisy,
Salman Nizami,
salmannizami@gmail.com



30 comments:

Abhishek said...

Try to do some research before writing any article.
Being psudo secular does not make you a libral you can make whole india intolarent on one incident but never respond to killing of lakhs of Hindus is kashmir, that was perfect example of your secularism. If you have guts then try to write such articles against sapratists and islamic terror groups in yoyr kashmir valley but you won't.

Dinesh Diundi said...

Use less letter !!!

manu rishi said...

With such intellect You joined INC under Rahul Gandhi . I feel sorry for you.

Anti HDL said...

From thousands to Lakhs of Hindus eh Abhishek ? The problem with Hindutva Thugs is when you point out their Hypocrisy.. they reply with either abuse or bigotry ! Debate on facts, Salman has clearly mentioned facts in this article. Who is Anupam Kher or for that Matter anybody to question patriotism of any Indian ? Constitution has given rights to its citizen for debate and dissent, in fact constitution promotes Scientific temperament. Oh how would you understand that Abhishek " Shakha ka Asar " ! Don't worry Soon Indians will wipe out your kind ! Growing Intolerance is due to Bigotry and venom spewed by Sanghis.. BJP-RSS Mukt Bharat Coming Soon ! Jai Ho..:)

nitya dwivedi said...

If you start comparing awards given by different governmemts, Saif Ali was given National Award for Hum Tum(??) and a 'Sri'. By that standard, Kher could as well receive 'Vibhushan'.
Even Amitabh Bachchan had to wait 15-16 yrs(non-congress govt.) for his 2nd and even 3rd Padma just because Bachchan and Gandhis aren't at good terms. Do you doubt his contribution to cinema too??

The article is well written but arguments don't suffice and are politics driven!!

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Nitya Dwivedi said...

As far as other young awardees(2016) are concerned, 1-2 centuries aren't enough to judge a batsman's caliber. You need to stay there longer and be a consistent performer to earn rewards. No need to drag others down to risen someone!
Likes of Lata and Sachin earned Bharat Ratna and we all know how.

Indira and Nehru awarded it to themselves. Heights of be-fooling your own countrymen.
This, my friend, was " selling your conscience to (buy)Gift an award".

Unknown said...

Anupam Kher will wash Modi's backside if he can get an award...shameless creep he is....And Modi is a spineless rat who kept saying he would wipe Pakistan off the map; if only they throw a stone across the border....Of course, he said this when Dr. Singh was in power. Now that he is in power, he is tucking his tail firmly between his legs and sitting like a wet hen. He is busy directing his goons to enforce a beef ban instead of working on all the loud promises he made before elections. Every time he goes abroad, he comes back mouthing tall promises of "billions of US$" in "investment"....to this day, not one dollar has landed in the country. The BJP is the worst party to rule India....The last time they ruled, they gave us the distinction of being the only country on planet earth which allowed it's highest seat of power to be attacked by terrorists....Only last year was this record broken. They give out Padma awards to a bunch of useless people like that gay rouge who teaches the rich to breathe...Sri Sri Ravishankar and this idiot Kher...

vineeth said...

I agree. I know Anupam Kher is up to no good here, but the arguments were lame....congress standards.. :P not solid enough...was expecting some AAP standard arguments..

SANTOSH SINGH said...

A typical letter from the most corrupt and senseless party's member...The people who looted and divided India for 60 years are now crying on the name of hypocrisy. Everyone knows who is responsible for every single problem in India...The people who failed to stop the exile of Kashmiri Pandits are now crying foul, if someone else is raising there issue...What else can we expect from a congress party's member.

Unknown said...

I don't want to comment about anything else in your article but being a KP myself Mr kher did nothing for them this problem is from 1990 and now he has adopted a KP family he doesn't know anything about there suffering he is in Mumbai from the 80's he never visited any camp nor gave financial assistance to any family if he is such a KP champion why his wife didn't contested election from Kashmir or say jammu

saileena sarkar said...

Thank you for writing about this. I always saw Mr.Kher 'champion' the cause of pandits but as you rightly pointed out, he has the star power and capability to raise money to restore homes,rebuild the community,assist the displaced persons in camps,start meaningful dialogue with community elders/leaders and pressure the government to move on the rehabilitation of KP's. He is a voice heard by many in India.Instead he chose to milk this tragedy,ignore the lack of work now that BJP is in power (after they milked this issue too),did nothing for the people in camps.He is a hypocrite.

Priyabrata Tripathy said...
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Priyabrata Tripathy said...

I do believe that Mr. Kher deserves the award. But whether he deserves the same award that he abused few years ago, that is a point to be looked at.


Salman, you are right in exposing the acting of Mr Kher in presenting himself as a savior of KPs in TV studio or conscience keeper of tolerance in the hide of RSS bigotry. He clearly got the award not for Saransh (He has already Padma Sree) but for the roles you have exposed him in playing before camera.

avirineni srikanth said...

Haa haaa poor SCAMGRESS member..
Don't worry go and lick your corrupt false gandhis feet she will gift you an award..

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Shelly said...

Lame and meaningless argument from another INC's member and empathizer. Entire pseudo secular structure and fabric feel restless with whosoever goes and sees/speaks against the usual blindspot. All of you pseudo secular bunch of people said and did what you had to when INC and affiliate parties were in power, but now feel restless and offended when someone else with a differing viewpoint or analysis has to say. Why get so offended with others' success and recognition in the first place? And, even if you have a point, were all your own pseudo secular brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles worthy enough for national awards and recognitions?

And, last but not the least, please ask your fellows like Shashi Tharoor not to play a bigul of your name as a 'True Muslim Nationalist'. What! Give us a break than projecting yourself as true nationalists, while people on other side of the fence simply as 'opportunists'. Mr. Kher may or may not be 100 percent right in his facts and statements, but at least he doesn't want your, or Tharoor's or any similar entity's permission for doing what he is doing.

shiva tiwari said...

Very well said and I also think on the same line.
BUT I have just one confusion, why do we always try to counter one wrong with other wrong. Multiple times in this letter and in multiple comments same thing. Seems like we are missing that wrong is ULTIMATE wrong. Two wrongs can't make a right.

Unknown said...

Hello faggot, why don't you just go to Kashmir and Kill all the people responsible for the exile of Pundits!

Meedas Sahoo said...

Well written insightful article
You completely exposed the hypocrisy double standard of Anupam kher

Dineshp Yadav said...

Well, Each party counterpart trying to put their views on issues and writing long page article to publish in media. But fact is that no political leader or actor trying to reach on conclusion. Thousands of people have been suffering for quite long time with issues and occurrence. Did any leader or party resolved the issues?? No. They had assigned a ambassador to just represent it. Salman is just floating his view about issues and Anupam kher's Campaign and trying to educate the people what was best for him. And Anupam Kher is campaigning to show, how people suffered and suffering. But reality is that its only limited on digital world. Nothing happening on the ground, people are still suffering and will suffer. So just start fighting for your rights to protect yourself. These politicians and actors have very limited approach, they do not like to go on reality of ground, always wants to be remain in lime light through print and digital media. I hope we all educated and know the reality. Writing big and intellectual article will not helps those are suffering on the grounds.

Thanks

Unknown said...

Congress was corrupt, but they never tried to divide the country on caste and religious lines. Good article.

nitya dwivedi said...

Like Never? Do you know under whose supervision was Pakistan,the biggest religion based division, formed?
Also the Sikh Genocide??

It's the history of Congress that makes problems with BJP look smaller and solvable!

nitya dwivedi said...

Like Never? Do you know under whose supervision was Pakistan,the biggest religion based division, formed?
Also the Sikh Genocide??

It's the history of Congress that makes problems with BJP look smaller and solvable!

Mir Ashraf said...

Great Work done by Mr Salman Nizami sahab
hats off to uh Sir....Keep it up .....More to Come

Unknown said...

Sirji, Aakhir Kehna Kya Chahate Ho?

Mir Shakeel said...

I think you being more ignorant of the history of Kashmir. I would suggest you do more research about Kashmir and see who divided Kashmir. Jagmohan was the man behind.

Jigesh Raval said...

Weren't kashmiri pandit forced to leave kashmiri ? Don't look at the official or unofficial records, but its been true that non of our government helped kashmiri pandit who are actually brothers of kashmiri people like you, if you are in favor of them any how, as you are clamiming that, than you should have wrote few words for their betterness. I guess you need some more research on RSS. They are not country braking element in my view. However, this is the India, anyone can shout anything.

julia said...

Well written, keep up the good job of writing and know that pen is mightier! You can make a difference!

ambitiousmishra said...

Really amazed by your open letter to Mr.Kher but what surprises me is you have joined a Congress under Mr .Rahul Gandhi Ji and Sonia being such a knowledgeable man dats speaks infact of your high intellect and intelligence. And let me correct you it was due the then PM Nehru that we have still have Kashmir as an issie else we would have that sorted earlier also Your party was responsible for killing for so many Sikhs during the 1984 riots.