1. Anurag Kashyap hits out at Narendra Modi! It’s ‘Freedom’ versus ‘Nationalism’; Whose side are you on?

Anurag Kashyap hits out at Narendra Modi! It’s ‘Freedom’ versus ‘Nationalism’; Whose side are you on?

Did Kashyap really cross the line? or he was just exercising his freedom of expression guaranteed to him by the country's Constitution.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2016 5:35 PM
Did Kashyap really cross the line? or he was just exercising his freedom of expression guaranteed to him by the country's Constitution. (Reuters) Did Kashyap really cross the line? or he was just exercising his freedom of expression guaranteed to him by the country’s Constitution. (Reuters)

Eyebrows were raised on Sunday when famed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap asked a blatantly controversial question to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over recent controversy over the informal ‘ban’ on films starring Pakistani actors by a section of cinema owners. In a series of tweets, he demanded PM Modi’s apology for paying a visit to the neighbouring country and meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Showing solidarity with the makers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which is facing ban for casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, Kashyap said, “The World must learn from us..We solve all our problems by blaming it on movies and banning it..#ADHM. With you on this @karanjohar.” Soon, the filmaker became a target of barbs as eminent director Madhur Bhandarkar took a swipe on Kashyap saying, “Whatever Anurag Kashyap said is wrong, Neither BJP nor Government has issued any ban, it has become a trend to protest against Modiji”. Did Kashyap really cross the line? or he was just exercising his freedom of expression guaranteed to him by the country’s Constitution. He also raised a relevant question why art should bear the brunt of political imbroglio between the two nations.

According to the Constitution, the right to freedom in Article 19 guarantees the Freedom of speech and expression, as one of its six freedoms. So, it is clear that what Kashyap has said falls under the purview of the law of the land. On the flip side of the debate, here comes the nationalism part. The question that arises is it the right time to question the government over ban Pakistani artistes? From a nationalistic viewpoint, we cannot think of eulogizing a Pakistani citizen even if he/she represents the art fraternity. It is evident that Pakistan has been poking into India’s internal issues and sponsoring terror elements to inflict misery on our nation. We should resist this diabolic design as our army had done when they carried out preemptive surgical strikes across LoC in PoK. General mood is that it is high time that we should take a firm stand on the issue. But the rationality says that will banning the art and artistes solve the issue?

You, dear reader, have to make the choice. Take a stand! Is Kashyap wrong? Or does he have the right to say what he did, even though it is very controversial. It is up to to you to decide.

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    Arjun
    Oct 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm
    Its not the government that has requested the ban- simply because there is no consutional ground on the basis of which they can do that. And this is why India's democracy is so admirable.As an extension to this point, there is nothing wrong in a citizen addressing his Prime Minister in this fashion, and I appreciate his candid "I have the right to question the PM" stance (Especially in times when a mindlessly jingoistic propaa is so ubiquitous in the mainstream). If you really think about it, in any free democracy, this incident is not at all a big deal- people make known their political grievances openly all the time. But there is always a verbally violent backlash anytime anyone tries to criticize the ruling power nowadays, mainly because the BJP and their supporters are too concerned with Modi's pristine public image that they jump up at the slightest sign that someone might jeopardize it- after all, it's their main electoral strategy.
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      Muzaffar khan
      Oct 16, 2016 at 3:40 pm
      A.Kashyap is just a film producer and director.He has not business to critisize PM or /government about ban on stan artist.The stan sponsored terrorists kill jawans of india,Kashyap do not get any sympathy for indians.He is born to muslim?.what kind of people are these living in India.Let him go to stan and make films with them if he is so love for the es.
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        aviansh
        Oct 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm
        @anurag is your freedom in danger or money? I really hate these intellectuals. These people are for more dangerous to our society.
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          muralidharan
          Oct 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm
          All these ban on artist are all jokes created by irrelevant tv anchors and some retired civil servants waiting desperately to come in lime light for 9pm news. What kashyap tolld is 100 % right
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            John Smith
            Oct 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm
            Yes. Everyone wants freedom. But you cannot have freedom from responsibility. Right now the nation is at war with stan which does not understand that its poverty and backwardness is because it always tries to fight with India rather than concentrate on its own progress. The film industry has the lowest cl of people who live deparved lives of excess sense indulgence in the sense of overeating whatever meat that is given, drinking wines and liquers, drugs, and loads of . To enjoy these depravities they need money which they chase through films selling poor Indian dreams. The indian hero wins always against all odds in stupid situations. All indians know that like like in films does not happen yet the poor pay money to watch film people sell them false dreams and they live in false dreams. Consequently they dont take action to improve their lives but think that my life will become like the hero. Life does not work that way. Now Anurag Kashyap - you can see his life history - two divorces and loads of stupid films - who is this man who is not even normal because he does see that our soldiers who protect us are being killed by stani terrorists and he is supporting a fellow producer Karan Johan who is equally stupid and depraved. How can listen to these depraved people. They want freedom without responsibility. I prefer nationalism to that.
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              Subho Ghosal
              Oct 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm
              Mr Kashyap is 100% wrong . Such people have no love for the country . Under the garb of " freedom " they are willing to do any thing . why such people migrate to other countries if they find our country so "Freedom less" .
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