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Aman Ki Asha?

By on Feb 11, 2010 | 2 comments

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I’ve been criticizing almost all ‘national/patriotic’ initiatives by Times of India. First it was about choosing a ‘leader’ from among common folks who were doing extra ordinary work for society. The contestants were questioned about their knowledge of bollywood (bull$shit!) and music and then a leader was selected. I don’t know what happened to that leader. One of the commenters informed me that the winner joined BJP.

Now, TOI has come up with another initiative called “Aman Ki Asha” – in which popular personalities (mostly from movies & music; from India & Pakistan) will perform on one stage so that the bitter relations between the two countries will sweeten. In the process TOI and performing artists will make lot of money. I’m hopeful that TOI will use this money to start another patriotic event.
I sometimes wonder whether such programs can really bring the change its meant to bring. I am quite sure everyone looks at these shows as pure entertainment shows with no patriotic feelings attached to it. Then why name these shows “Aman Ki Asha?”.
Leave it. Who cares about this country anyway?
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2 Comments

  1. durga

    February 12, 2010

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    I don’t know about money, but anything which can even remotely mitigate the bitterness is Ok.
    Atif Aslam, Rahat fateh ali khan, Music Band strings, and many more had made a career here. As well, Naseeruddin shah and many more act in PAKISTANI movies. So the purpose of AMan ka Asha in sense doesnot stand good as it is already a working concept.

    But I really have no clue how we can mititage the bitterness in real sense. Given my surroundings, everything is good between INDIANS and PAKISTANIS (dicussion about international politics, food similarities etc) until the discussion of mutal relationarises. We avaoid that discussion :(, as we all know its really not gogin to go anywhere. We blame it on governements and politicians on current condition and carry on.

  2. optimystix

    February 13, 2010

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    the intent behind this initiative may be a good one but the execution is not. It was alleged by singer Abhijit and some others, that these artists from Pakistan are coming to India, earning lots and going back to their country without paying up on their tax. This is wrong, because if that is true then they are looting our country.
    A thief is a thief, whether he steals 1 rupee or a thousand.

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