Leaving aside Shahrukh Khan who was asked by some Hindutva elements to go and live in Pakistan, it was another Khan, that too, Aamir Khan who had voiced his disenchantment with intolerance, which is vividly growing in the country unabated.
Aamir Khan, who was behind “Satyameva jayate” TV show and champion of “Incredible India” has come out openly expressing his dismay at the growing intolerance that is resulting in writers getting killed in homes and streets by misguided youth and opponents using the instances to launch ‘Awards Wapsi’ movement.
“As an individual, as part of this country as a citizen, we read in the papers what is happening, we see it on the news and certainly, I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents,” he told jurnalism students and media persons at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards function.
He said his wife Kiran Rao even suggested moving out of India, which would bring back similar instances when Jews left Germany in the 1930s when Nazi volunteers came knocking on their doors. “She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day.”
He blamed squarely the violent street rowdy elements being prompted under different religious platforms creating a sense of insecurity in all the middle-class that has taken to creativity than goondaism for over the past few decades in the country, representing scientists, writers and filmmakers.
While returning the award is one way of making their dissent public, the so-called moral police are enforcing their might even on social media. The last general elections saw more than 20,000 pro-BJP volunteers working round the clock n social media networking but for an electoral victory. Now that they are in power, they are quick to troll anyone who opens his mouth or dissent on Facebook or Twitter.
So, where is the nation moving from here? Aamir Khan is not alone. Even Kamal Haasan and many film makers were bullied in the past from making their opinions public. The art of living now is to pressurize the critics into silence and have a last laugh. So, where will it end?
The growing trend among film makers is to go abroad to make films as they face numerous protests, disruptions and obstacles to make a film in India now. Even after censor approval, one has to visit some sena leader for his support or consent to release a film. So, there is an extra-constitutional system which is taking roots in the country. Neither Congress, nor BJP can afford it to grow further.
Secondly, we have seen brain drain that has helped the United States where Indian talent is showing its highest level of achivement, whether science or medicine. In fact, President Barack Obama rarely spends a day without meeting an Indian achiever in his daily schedule now. So, those who are leaving the murky politics and vested interests behind are actually leading a purposeful and meaningful life abroad.
But those who have returned from abroad to make their motherland better are in a shock now at the growing intolerance and persecution found in the country. Fueling their disenchantment is the growing movement against ‘intolerance’. It is something that is psychological and no word of assurance from senior ministers like Arun Jaitley would silence their feeling of insecurity, nor the words of actor Anupam Kher bring solace to the sordid situation.
Now that the opposition to ‘intolerance’ is making news everyday, India as a nation may witness repetition of migrtion of talent from the country that was seen in Jews’ migration to the US before the World War period. To begin with, we may see Bollywood moving to Dubai or a third neutral nation, if not the US.