The sonorous memories of our austere former President,his excellency Mr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalaam,being frisked by an international airlines are not pallid yet,and still manage to recapture regret,shame,guilt,remorse and a countless other feelings when one retrospects.The flamboyant and futile display of our protest against it,is not cold yet.But that can not stop the news from breaking.In a later and much recent happening the widely acclaimed king of bollywood,Mr. Sharukh ‘Khan’,was detained at Newark airport,and interrogated for because he was a ‘Khan’.
As a rule vociferous protests followed,but the griever himself,Mr. Khan refused the need of any apology.And my mind is in a quandary,of which event is more rueful,his detention or his submissive acceptance.In a press statement Mr. Tharoor our honorable minister of state said and i quote-“this is a happening for a lot of Indians daily,but sadly they don’t have a billion to stand for them”.It is indeed sad Mr. Minister.Albeit it is well known,we have failed miserably to stop it.The reason is evident.For if the lamenter is a common man,he does not make the news.And if the lamenter is a part of glitterati,he would not feel the need to ebb and wane his good name,as is the case now.It is a bleak situation marauding our pride and conscience.I assure you,if it was you but not Sharukh,not even a trivial talk would have emanated.Once it has generated shock waves all across the nation it is a moral duty of ‘Baadshah‘,to press charges,to heed for an official apology assuring its prohibition in the future.For he jabbers incessantly of ‘fighting for people’,of being a ‘true’ Indian,the onus is now on him,for his voice will be heard if raised.For he and himself can seek an apology,if any Indian can.For Sharukh ‘Khan’ and not any ordinary ‘Khan’ could avenge,and no billions would support anyone but him.If he accepts it meekly,as being a mundane and quotidian event,what message will it send to the next ‘Khan’ who is ‘ill-treated’?If the King Khan fails to contrive an apology,an ordinary ‘Khan’ is just zilch and less.If anything is a certainty in this transient world,it is that more ‘Khans’ will be detained daily.If Sharukh does not dares,no one will.
On our 62nd Independence Day,which recently passed,people said we have inherited a strong country,we have inherited a multi-cultural society.But i say pragmatically as it looks,we have inherited nothing but lack of wits,we have inherited Chalta hai attitude.We are all cosily sitting where we are,no one wants to risk it for the greater good.The perilous and bleak scenario is causing consternation.Indians have not yet learned to dare,to challenge the status-quo.I am optimistic that,the offing will see us more belligerent and rebelious.