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Artists should ‘shut up’ on politics: A R Rahman

Rahman also said he had no idea that his reported statement on Friday — that “if these things happen in India, then it is not my India” — would create a storm on social media.

Written by Suanshu Khurana | New Delhi | Updated: September 10, 2017 9:58 am
Gauri Lankesh murder, A R Rahman, A R Rahman politics, A R Rahman Gauri Lankesh murder, journalist murder, India news, Indian Express A R Rahman on Saturday said he did not know the murdered journalist Gauri Lankesh or her work, but was taken aback by the “cruelty” of her murder. (File)

Academy-award winning composer A R Rahman on Saturday said he did not know the murdered journalist Gauri Lankesh or her work, but was taken aback by the “cruelty” of her murder. Rahman also said he had no idea that his reported statement on Friday — that “if these things happen in India, then it is not my India” — would create a storm on social media.

“I didn’t know her. I saw the news in the middle of a recording and my musician heart was just shocked. We come from the nation of Gandhi. I was taken aback to see the cruelty, that something like that could take place in my country,” Rahman said on Saturday.

“India”, he said, “is a perfect example to the world, it’s a miracle how the country has faith. I think we should complement each other and find the next level of that faith rather than destroying it. Some of us are destroying it.”

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Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified men at the door of her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Rahman’s earlier statement was criticised as being representative of his “left leanings” and for being allegedly against the NDA government.

On Saturday, the composer said, “I think a lot of good things are happening in the government at this point and I am very proud of them. It’s also important to deal with the issues and not become like another country. We are so complex. We are from different cultures. There is something in this Indianness that holds us together.”

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Asked if artists should engage with politics, Rahman said, “We all should just shut up and keep quiet. We, the rich people, don’t get affected. The powerful in our country don’t get affected. But the poor, the innocent, get bashed up. They have equal rights. Lack of privilege doesn’t make them inferior, and we need to care for them. Artists should attain peace through their art forms.”

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    S. Gowrishankar,
    Sep 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm
    "Academy-award winning composer A R Rahman" so what? So what? This man has been awarded the prize as a proxy. He has built is image on the hard work of so many creative persons who unfortunately "WORK UNDER HIM AND MAKE HIM EARN THE NAME IN A DUBIOUS MANNER". It is important this guy is tested for his musical abilities by an expert in traditional music so that we can really believe that he is worthy of something. On top of this he is criticizing the people of India. What kind of a rogue behavior is this? Is he a human being at all? A person who castigates an entire country based on an unfortunate murder of a fellow citizen what is he? Who the is he? What does he think of himself? Highly deplorable.
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      hacri
      Sep 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm
      PANKAJ is RSS CHADDI.. Pankaj are you part of the MOB??? you are spewing too much.. showing that you are 100 HINDU right wing group. YOU ARE NOT A HINDU, you are criminals. All common people are hindus but not BJP/RSS. Dont try to equate some other things. RSS Chaddi behaviors like you shows that you people are responsible and you are fooling the hindu common people who are kind enough each other in south india. NORTHIES ARE CRIMINALS and in the south you are northies are responsible for this kind of crimes
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        Balasubramanya
        Sep 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm
        Mr Rehman stop your crocodile tears and interospect what your religious companions doing against other religions. Have you ever condemn the attrocities taking place in Kashmir leave alone Iraq and Syria in the name of religion ?
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          pankaj
          Sep 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm
          Conclusion: If after two hour tutorial on Hinduism from some good university sites, 4 hour reading of Upanishads, 4 hour reading of Bhagvad Gita, and add 4 hour reading of Manu Smriti.. someone still despise Hinduism.. consider them good fit for psychological treatment... because they have to be laying to themselves and to you for some fairly negative psychology. ... Unlike other religion that have concept of "Other" that can annoy you a lot, Hinduism has concept of everyone as God, as one, as belonging to everyone else.... as equal to divine, being and non being all... only those whose mind have been corrupted beyond repair will be able to despise it and time and their own next generations will prove it..
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            carnama
            Sep 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm
            Let NIA Complete Probe Before Jumping To Conclusions: Congress On NIA Raids In Jammu And Kashmir to Abdullahs In Karnataka the same Congress And Left Talks Differently. Shehla Rashid asking journalist to leave press conference is a sign of our times... to Aranab TV. This how Left And Congress fix their Agenda. Congress left Sick Radical Secular , Rationalist , notinmyname , Awardwapsi , Intolerance, Lynching, Gangs of Intellectuals, Awardwapsi , Scholar , Activist , Anti Bhakt Jihadis Are Silence on This Rehman With Whom you are , With left Right Centre OR Justic System , And Congress is in Power .
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