Indian politicians are like Indian movies.
Both rarely ever make any sense.
But for once, we were witness to a politician who articulated a cogent response to an issue agitating millions of movie fans, not merely in Tamil Nadu, but across the world – the ban of Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha has strongly, and effectively, rebutted the charges that held her responsible for Kamal Haasan’s problems in getting his film Vishwaroopam released.
Above all, I liked Jayalalitha’s remark that she has stopped watching films.
A sensible lady.
Who can watch the shit expelled by the Tamil film industry week after week! (In fairness, I must add that Jaya did not specify Tamil films but merely said ‘films’ in her press conference.)
I strongly recommend readers view the full press conference hosted by Jayalalitha in Chennai today:
Assuming all that Jayalalitha said above is accurate, the blame for the ban must fall on some sections of the Muslim community.
The Muslim population in Tamil Nadu is 3.49 million, representing 5.6% of the state’s population of 62.41 million.
Now let’s assume, for argument’s sake, that the various Muslim groups protesting the release of Vishwaroopam represent about 50% of the Muslims in the state. After all, there could be many Muslims in Tamil Nadu who don’t give a damn about Vishwaroopam or any other Kollywood Roopam.
This means that 1.7 million Muslims in Tamil Nadu are dictating what the remaining 60.7 million will watch.
Is this what democracy in a supposedly secular nation has turned out to be – A tiny minority holding hostage the vast majority on the altar of violence (or law and order, to use the Indian euphemism).
No wonder we call our nation Incredible India!
Incredible, for all the wrong reasons.