Shiv Sena uses its feared sevaks to ban everything Pakistani
Hungama hai kyo barpa thodi si jo pi li hai, Ranjish hi sahi, gem of ghazals by Ghulam Ali, possibly the best ghazal singer in the world after the demise of Mehndi Hasan, would have delighted Mumbaikars, who love ghazals. But Shiv Sena abhors anything even remotely connected with Pakistan. It ordained what was not less in effect than Fatwa against Ali performing in Mumbai. When Shiv Sena directs, not many can dare go against it. Although there was lot of resentment at Sena’s banning the singer. Shiv Sena, through their mouthpiece Saamna, later defended their move of banning Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali from performing in Mumbai, saying that this was a tribute to all the Indian soldiers, who had died in the recent ceasefire violations, and added that boycotting Pakistan in all forms was the only way to fight back.
Obviously Sena considered banning the singer an act of patriotism. “Some people may have a problem with what we did, but we have no regrets. We have done our national duty. This is a tribute to all our martyrs, who died at the hands of Pakistan’s cowardly hands. Raising war memorials is not enough, you need to give a stern reply and that is what we have done,” The Saamna editorial said. The Sena mouthpiece asserted that Ghulam Ali may be a great singer but he still was a Pakistani and also warned the hostile neighbour that until it fixed its ways, India would not welcome them in any way, including cricket matches. The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government, however, extended an invitation to the Pakistani singer to perform in the national capital. Delhi Culture Minister Kapil Mishra said that Ghulam Ali is welcome to hold a performance in Delhi. “Sad that Ghulam Ali is not being allowed in Mumbai, I invite him to come to Delhi and do the concert. Music has no boundaries,” he tweeted.
On the heels of this, Shiv Sena bolstered by its success in preventing Ghulam Ali from singing in Mumbai, threw paint on Sudheendra Kulkarni because he organised the release of a book by khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, former Pakistan’s Foreign Minister. The event was later held. It turned out sadly into a gathering of those who like Pakistan. No harm in being that, but not at the cost of India’s interest. Why so much help to Kasuri? It was clear from Kulkarni’speech, it was a thank you gesture to him for the welcome he accorded to L.K. Advani when he visited Pakistan. Wheels within wheels!