The death of actor Rajkumar has been a trigger of violence. Its sad to see how crazed fans are overcome by hysteria and violence and are bringing down an entire city on its knees.
While I was watching the news last night I was wondering what will happen if actors and idols of hoi polloi, Mr Amitabh Bachchan and MrRajnikant died? I can only imagine worse forms of havoc and anarchy.
Salman Khan is out on bail. I dont find it surprising, becasue I sort of expected that to happen. Celebrities and politicians hardly see the insides of the jail in their lifetime. I agreed with the arrest, becasue I believe that the law is equal for everyone, whether it be a celebrity or the common man. However, the number of hit and run cases registered in Mumbai are enormous. Same is with poaching. How is it that the law doesnt pursue those cases with similar fervour?. I feel that by targeting celebrities, who are swimming in truckloads of moolah(incidentally its the same moolah that gets them out!), the police ( who already has a pretty battered image in India) are trying to prove that we can put the big guns in jail. Pretty much like the Tarannum bar dancer case where the polics thought they had hit jackpot where they felt they had bookies and film stars and cricketers in their net. So instead of pursuing for more evidence and leads, the police calls a press conference to tell about their achievements. Result? Tarannumwas out on bail and the case was never pursued after that . Funny? Someone can goto jail for having telephone numbers of bookies and policemen in your telephone diary!!!
This strive for "greatness" and "cleaning up" the police force, and "restoring faith" might work in larger interests, however it wont work if the police use the media as the tool, to catch the big fish. That is not to say that Salman is a great guy, and that his acts of crime are justified. Its just that larger issue often goes unnoticed , by a media that thrives on sensationalism and the ingredients of the dal and the roti Salman was served in jail or the expression on Katrina's face when she went to Jodhpur!!
We can't quite decide if the world is growing worse, or if the reporters are just working harder. ~The Houghton Line, November 1965