Khan, Kalam, Terrorism

I should have written this post a while ago but my laziness and lack of time made me to write it now allowing me to comfortably use the cliché ‘better late than never’.

When I saw the news that Sharuk Khan was detained in American airport for security check, I felt the media attention given was more than necessary. It was like someone was mistakenly shot dead by American officials.

I don’t want to go into very detail on the issue as every kith and kin in India were aware of the happenings because of 24x7 telecast of this tape in all news channels. We will keep it short here, Sharuk said he was checked because of his name and they said his name popped up for a random security check and they did only their duty.

In this era of back stabbing, we can’t even let go an invited guest without security check. How can we expect them to leave an actor whose reputation as a community in India has been seriously damaged by rape charges, deer hunting charges, illegal weapon purchase and drug addiction, to go free without checking.

And also I don’t understand why he can’t bare this check for one time which ‘n’ number of common people goes through every day. Even if he is a Mother Teresa, there is nothing wrong in going through security check. I can agree this kind of fuss when there is abusive behavior or harsh handling which clearly didn’t happen.

Asians did the September 11 attack and America has high threat from Osama even now. So I think we can accept the extra bit of attention that they give to Asians for the reason that the unlikely event of a terrorist escaping may harm thousands of people. Won’t we do that here? Aren’t we looking at all Pakistani people as terrorists?

I don’t know why people can’t understand safety check is only for the benefit of our self and people around us and it need not to be used as a tool to assert their superiority.

A while ago, similar incident happened involving APJ Abdul Kalam. As per our government procedures, the airlines authorities, shouldn’t have checked Kalam as they already got a circular from govt of India that they should not check certain people marked by them as VIPs. Though I respect Kalam a lot, I would vouch for removing such laws after seeing the names of people who were marked as VIPs. I prefer making security checks common to everyone including American VIPs as Law doesn’t discriminate at least on paper.

If you leave an ex president of India unchecked, then that would be a wrong example for some African (and similar) countries where some of the president themselves are terrorists, to ask for the same procedure. Didn’t we have incidents involving our MPs who tried to take some people illegally into America? I think we should let away Kalam and see this incident in a more unbiased way.

1. Reading this dont think I am a pro American. I am actually not.
2. I forgot to note that my previous post was my 50th one. Do you think it is an incident to celebrate? I don’t know but I am happy to blog. It gives me immense satisfaction.

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Shruti said...
August 29, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Exactly Bharathi!
I completely agree with you! This is what i asked. Like Engineers acting is also a profession. But in the eyes of America he is just another common man!!
Congrats on your 50th post!!
Keep going!

Bharathi said...
August 29, 2009 at 8:47 PM

@Shruti: I am happy that you liked this post. And thanks for congratulating.

Indian Pundit said...
August 29, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Excellent post Bharathi.
All the points raised are valid.

i am sure VIPUL will disagree....haha.

Check out my post on this issue.

Sid 'Ravan' Kabe said...
August 29, 2009 at 8:54 PM

yeah the post is quite old...but yo...better late than never...

haa...SRK...i mean fugget Americans...dere have been cases in history where the so-called 'VIPs' have carried illicit arms around the world ain't it??

SRK was as if he was hiding something under his shirt...:P

Sid 'Ravan' Kabe said...
August 29, 2009 at 8:56 PM

we need such stringent security measures in India too...scan each and every person who deemed suspicious...right from the big to everyone!!!

Anonymous said...
August 29, 2009 at 8:56 PM

you are right...Shahrukh and media just created a mountain of a mole hill.

Bharathi said...
August 29, 2009 at 9:06 PM

@ IP: I read your post. Great, You put it very well and you also made me think how late I am.
After reading your post and comments pertaining to it, I think Vipul would use this opportunity to increase his comments count here :-)

@ Sid: You are right. I also feel security check should be commonn to all. Thanks for your nice comment.

@Shilpa: Thanks for empathising.

Pooja Mahimkar said...
August 29, 2009 at 9:18 PM

well.. i dunno how to react to this. i guess media did its job well, like when a personality like srk is detained it obviously has to create a big news in a land where people treat him as god. and it was just a news, and after srk himself saying that it was just a check even media cooled down and didnt take the issue to next level.
i am not saying dont check VIP's everything but i dont agree with what you said that it was media's hype ( maybe it was because i love srk ) it was just a news.

Bharathi said...
August 29, 2009 at 9:34 PM

@ Pooja: I too like SRK as an actor. But the way he reacted after that incident, the fact that he messaged indian reporters from airport and all made me believe that he created this fuz and he wanted them to treat him differently just because he is a popular actor. Honestly I didnt like this attitude.

Thanks a lot for commenting.

Amit414@ITBHU said...
August 29, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Nice post... :)
well, SRK is a celebrity... and a celebrity is one who celebrate his image at every opportunity.

And THIS incident is an opportunity to showcase its popularity, his glory...

I think, SRK should learn frm Kalam, and should not wail over American Security, as it is for american people, where life of single people values....


mAhEsH KaLaAL said...
August 29, 2009 at 10:04 PM

we should stop irrational idolizing the people with charisma and glamour.....I believe popularity is a social disease which previals in india on a higher scale and intense magnitude..... and media, yes, it has become news maker, rather than a news taker.

congrats for your 50.....

Sat_hi_sh said...
August 29, 2009 at 10:33 PM

congrats on ur 50th post bharathi :)
i concur with ur views ,u know how things are in such kinda incidents which are blown out of the water for no reason...

Vipul Grover said...
August 29, 2009 at 10:43 PM

@IP.. naah i won't disagree :)

@Bharathi.. Actually wn this incidnt was fresh.. i was a bit inclind towards those against US authorities.. It hd nothing 2 do with shahrukh bt 2 do with genral racial profiling.. My stand was tht americn vry professionl othrwise shud handle airport checking more professionaly.. if a prsn like srk whose credentials cn b chkd pretty easily as cmpard 2 othrs hav 2 wait 4 2 hrs, u cn easily imagine hardships faced by othrs..

Bt later american authorities came out with reasons associatd with srk chking.. his name did not pop out randomly.. it was bcoz d show he was attnding was partly sponsord by a prsn having links with smuggling who was under suveillance. Moreover srk's luggage frm london got delayd which added 2 suspicion of smuggling..

in sch a scenario they hd evry right 2 carry out d chk.

So in short, contextually, um in support of the US action, wat i wasnt wn i hd cnvrsation with IP:)

As u know i luk at evrything contextually ;)

HaRy!! said...
August 29, 2009 at 11:47 PM

could not agree more with yu! yes..he is just an other aam adhmi...y all the fuss , plus over hype media is always crapping abt a cine start being sec checked? !! hmm kasthamada!

Shas said...
August 30, 2009 at 1:38 AM

Congrats! on completing your 50th post. So, you have hit half a century. Best of luck for the remaining half.

Some time back Bob Dylan was also frisked. And i don't think so that it is a big deal. Checking is done to ensure our safety and we should cooperate rather than create a hulla-bulla about it.

Bharathi said...
August 30, 2009 at 9:59 AM

@ Amit: I agree. I am happy that you liked this post. And also please read my comment to Pooja to have an idea on what I think about him in this incident.

@ Mahesh Kalaal: Amen. I agree everything you said. Welcome to this blog. Keep commenting.

@ Sathish: Thanks for congratulating pal. And thanks for leaving empathizing comment too.

@ Vipul: I appreciate your viewpoint pal. I believe, being contextual, rational and unbiased are the most important traits one should possess. I can respect and agree with people who have these three traits even when they take totally opposite stance to my point. My basic motive of writing these kinds of posts is to stress the importance of contextual rather than being biased and prejudiced. And also I don’t mind people changing their views as I believe that is what is growth.

@ Hary: correct. Thanks for commenting pal. Keep visiting.

@ Shas: Well said Shas. Thanks for congratulating.

Lakshmi Rajan said...
August 30, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I agree with you bharathi,
In race for media coverage,media is at times highly irresponsible and SRK took it to his advantage to promote his next movie:my name is khan. He would be thanking this episode for sure.

VIP culture in India should be abloished. In this case , i respect APJ for not making unnecessary noise abt the incident. Media flared up the news but knowing APJ is not willing to drag into it , quietened. In the case of SRK, they know its the right formula to hit the TRP with SRK happy to stir noises.

Bharathi said...
August 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM

@ Lakshmi Rajan: Your view exactly matched mine too. I even thought of writing a seperate post on VIP culture and hero worship in India and I procrastinated doing that as usual.
You are right with APJ as well. And yes I too believe that the media did this to increase the TRP rating. had they been more responsible I think they should have focussed the issue of racism (If they believe it was present in this situation) rather than Sharuk. But they didnt do that.

Shankar said...
August 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM

congrats on your 50th one..great going..

media always gives unwanted hype to unwanted issues....especially the 24*7 news channels.... I still remember one murder case...A young girls murder...I think her name is aarushi.I dont remember exactly... This murder case telecast was repeated again and again in news channels..nearly for two weeks... until the case was solved.... unnecessary hype to an ordinary murder case... and pity is that the news channels had their own view on who the murderer will be and they they said the girls father was the murderer...

I never visited or saw those channels again... and I really dont know the full incident of sharukh khan.... Now I got an idea of what happened to him...

these channels wants to increase their TRP.. so they just give these hype.....

Bharathi said...
August 30, 2009 at 2:29 PM

@Shankar: Yeah you are right. Tks.

Bharathi said...
August 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

" Shankar: THanks for coingratulating. Btw. did you notice, you are reaching your 50th comment in this blog :-)

The Survivor said...
August 30, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Its nothing but a media hype. These days the media are waiting to get news which involves celebrities/politicians and up the ante.

One should see the number of times the breaking news flashes in one day!!

Bharathi said...
August 30, 2009 at 6:13 PM

@ Survivor: Yeah. it seems money fetishes exists everywhere. People should become aware of this.

Anonymous said...
August 30, 2009 at 7:19 PM

read a couple of posts of your blog..
really liked the "The choices I would like to make"...

well I must say that it is the job of media to show everything with spicy toppings and it our job to understand whether the cake being offered to us has spicy toppings....

well all in all a very nice blog... I have put it in my reading list...

visit mine...sometimes..

Bharathi said...
August 30, 2009 at 11:34 PM

@RS: Welcome to this blog. I am very happy that you liked this blog. Thanks for following. Keep visiting and keep commenting as I value all comments very much.

I believe media should not be treated as mere profit making concern like other business enterprises. Since it directly affect the society I think it should have some responsibility.

Will surely visit your blog sometime and check that.

bliss said...
August 31, 2009 at 6:05 PM

i so agree with u yaar. alright it is wrong to discriminate on basis of religion and caste and he is a notified actor who had been to that place umpteen times but still, it was just a procedure and he shud have had grace to go thru it like a normal human being, just like our ex president did....
so well written!!!

Bharathi said...
August 31, 2009 at 9:51 PM

@: Bliss: welcome to this blog pal. I am glad that you liked this post. Keep visiting.
Btw, I like your name. BLISS. great. said...
September 1, 2009 at 3:52 AM

well I have alwaz believed in the sayin ..."Every celebrity is famous, but everyone famous is not a celebrity" .... thts the basic prob . wid SRK ... he thnks he is king of the world ... may be he shud stp being a cry baby ... n learn smthn frm Dr. Kalam !!!

Bharathi said...
September 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM

@ Suga: U r right.

Shankar said...
September 1, 2009 at 5:29 PM

wow..really... but your comment widget is not displaying in my browser.... How many so far??? how many comments i have posted in your blog??

Bharathi said...
September 1, 2009 at 5:37 PM

@ Shankar: With the latest you touched 50. great. Thanks a lot for supporting. Your comments were very very encouraging and helped me to write better.

Shankar said...
September 1, 2009 at 6:12 PM

wow..50 comments..your post are so good that it made me to comment whenever I visit your blog... Guess this is my 51st.....

Bharathi said...
September 1, 2009 at 6:22 PM

@ Shankar: You are always generous in praising. Hav u noticed, I am just 2 short of Venky to reach number 1 in your blog.

Shankar said...
September 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

No...ur 4 short of venky.... he has added two new comments..... and it would increase soon... as we have a argument going on in my latest post....

Bharathi said...
September 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM

@ Shankar: Ohh God. Tough fight.

chetan said...
September 4, 2009 at 7:14 PM

you are right, each person sahould be checked whether it be president of America or pm of India, or of Afghanistan
once law is made, it should be for evrybody

Bharathi said...
September 4, 2009 at 8:40 PM

@Chetan: welcome to this blog pal. Thanks for your reflective comment. You put it very short and sweet. Keep visiting/ commenting.

BK Chowla said...
September 8, 2009 at 6:45 PM

I have till now avoided commenting on this issue.However,in my opinion it was an episode produced,directed and exhibited by some interested elements trying to promote a forthcoming movie.Who cares in the US as to who is SRK.That country worry abouts] it's people and it's people care for the country.USA is a country managed on the basis of principles and rules and do not have the shameless VIP culture.We should learn from them rather than criticising them I wish we could also do exactly what the US is doing.Don't forget,after 9/11 they have not had any incident whereas we have lost count.
As for SRK,if he decides to not go back to USA,good,who has invited him any way??It his business,his decision,US frisking so why make such a joke of the whole episode??Oh, central minister went to the extent of saying that Americans should be given tit for tat.I think some of our ministers speak out of turn as they seem to be pleasing not SRK but some other people. SHAME

Bharathi said...
September 8, 2009 at 6:49 PM

@ BK Chawla: Very well said Chawlaji. I fully agree with what you said. and welcome to this blog. keep visiting/ commenting.

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