AAP invites singer Ghulam Ali to Delhi, slams ‘Sena-BJP political opportunism’

Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra invited Ghulam Ali to perform in the national capital

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 9, 2015 4:15 am
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A day after the Shiv Sena forced the cancellation of a concert by Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali in Mumbai, the Aam Aadmi Party government Thursday extended an invite to the singer to perform in the national capital.

Condemning the incident, senior AAP leader Ashutosh said that the cancellation of the event was not only an insult to the singer but also to Jagjit Singh, as the Pakistani singer was scheduled to pay tribute to the late singer on his fourth death anniversary.

“The Shiv Sena only has the courage to pick on soft targets like singers and artists. If it really had such serious issues with pro-Pakistan elements, it should have raised its voice against the BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir. Also, why did it not protest when Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath taking ceremony,” asked Ashutosh.

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“The ruling BJP-Shiv Sena state government has put an unforgivable blot on Mumbai’s all-inclusive nature…The AAP government in Delhi invites Ghulam Ali to perform here. We have immense respect for his talent and his spirit of universal love and would like him to give India a chance to atone for the insult caused by the small-minded, political opportunism of the Shiv Sena and BJP,” he said.

Targeting Aditya Thackeray, who had defended the Sena’s stance, Ashutosh said, “All of us have seen photographs of the Thackeray family with Pakistani cricketers. What is even more ironic is that on September 20, Aditya Thackeray spoke at an event in Mumbai, where Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performed. Less than 20 days later, he gives statements that there can be no cultural ties with Pakistan.

We request the media to ask him if it is okay for Pakistani artists to perform at private/corporate functions attended by the Thackeray family but not at shows where the common man can attend? This blatant hypocrisy goes to show that these bans and threats are ploys used by Sena to divide people and appease their vote banks”.

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    Anon
    Oct 8, 2015 at 11:52 am
    patna mein bhi tashrafi le ayen..hum nitish se baat kar lete hain
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      Aakashhiwale
      Oct 8, 2015 at 11:08 am
      ज्यांना पाकिस्तानी कलाकारांचा पुळका आहे त्यांनी पाकिस्तानात जाऊन रहावे, व ज्यांना देशाभिमान आहे त्यांनी शिवसेनेचा भूमिकेच स्वागत करावा, एवढ्या वर्षात पाकिस्तानी कलाकार इथे येतात पैसा कमावतात व जातात मग भारतीय कलाकारांना पाकिस्तानात कार्यक्रम का साजरे करून देत नाही? गेल्या काही वर्षात अंदाजे चौदा हजार भारतीय सैनिकांना पाकिस्तान चा अतिरेकी कारवाईने प्राण गमवावे लागले त्याच काय? मग पाकिस्तानी कलाकारांचा तुम्हाला एवढा पुळका कशासाठी?
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        Indianbaba
        Oct 9, 2015 at 11:52 am
        We respect Ghulam Ali but not Kejriwal, who has turned out to be totally useless and a moron. I hope he polishes Ghulam Ali's shoes after the performance.
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          Ajay Sunder
          Oct 9, 2015 at 12:29 pm
          We have to understand couple of things before we give our opinion.The cancellation of Mumbai concert was wrong.Why should the citizens of this country agree with some lunatic elements taking a decision in Mumbai? Inviting Gulam Ali to Delhi is the best decision that the AAP Govt. has taken.For once in life, let us appreciate what Mr.K has done.Never mind stran and the so called anti India activity.
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          Ajay Sunder
          Oct 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm
          This is the most sensible thing that the AAP GOVT. has done since it came to power. For once we can say we are proud of you. It also reflects the will of Delhities. Let not only India but the w world know that the Delhi Govt. unlike its counterpoint in Mumbai, is different.Thank you Mr.K.
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            Desy girl
            Oct 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm
            It (cultural exchange) is one of the most important elements. It should be encouraged.
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              Desy girl
              Oct 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm
              It is right that there should be no fences on the name of culture and civilization because we learn from each other . If kapil Mishra has invited him for performing in Delhi so it is beneficial for both.
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                Desy girl
                Oct 8, 2015 at 11:57 am
                We should not mix politics with culture and it is good news that he is invited by Delhi because Gumal Ali is a renowned ghajal singer who has given praising contribution to literature.
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