Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The vigilantes strike again.

Last week the activists of a Rajput organisation, Karni Sena, entered the Jaigarh Fort and had assaulted Hindi film director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, slapped him and tore his shirt. They damaged camera and other equipment. He was shooting his magnum opus, 'Padmavati'.

The miscreants manhandled the crew and criticised the director for "distorting history in the film", which is reportedly about the medieval era Delhi ruler Alauddin Khilji who fell in love with the Rajput queen.

The film stars Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone who play the lead roles along with a large star cast.

My take.

This is just not on. Nothing has been heard from the Rajasthan government on the issue so far. Why are these hooligans trampling upon the creative freedom of an artiste? They need to be brought to book forthwith.

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Trump's Actions.

US President Donald Trump has initiated the following actions:-

       * Banning citizens of seven Muslim majority nations from America.
       * Overhauling of H-1B and L1 work visas which will restrict the entry of foreign immigrants
          who visit America in search of jobs.
       * A legislation that calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to
          $130,000 making it difficult for firms to replace American employees with foreign workers,
          has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

My take.

He has given his backing to these orders with a clear view of supporting the American people, who he feels, have been stymied by the easy visa regimes provided for the immigrants and have lost out over a period of time. It was these very same proposals that gave him his victory during the presidential elections and with these actions, he must have struck a favourable chord with his domestic constituency! It's also his way of acting against terrorism as the rhetoric about the majority of Muslims being good, doesn't rub off on him because if they really are, why aren't they condemning those who've embraced terrorism, in no uncertain terms?

But the question is, "Can he isolate his country and still have the US to continue to be the global superpower?"


A quiet day otherwise.

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