Subramanian Swamy backs calls for banning Pakistani artists in India

Swamy asserted that the "one mistake" India has made in Kashmir, apart from going to the UN on the issue, is "not to make it absolutely clear that no discussion will ever take place with Pakistan on the status of Kashmir.

By: PTI | New York | Updated: October 22, 2016 3:18 pm
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Amid Indo-Pak tension, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has backed the call for a ban on Pakistani artists from working in India, saying the consciousness of the Indian people cannot be diluted by allowing them to perform in the country.

“Today we are in a situation where we have to prepare the country’s mind that it may be a possibility in future that we may have to go to war. We have been at war with Pakistan four times already, it is not an unusual event,” Swamy said at a conference titled ‘India and Pakistan: A Subcontinental Affair’ organised by the students of New York University.

“To prepare the mind of the people, we cannot allow these dilutions of cinema artists and cricket players coming to our country and playing. We cannot allow that. The day normalcy comes in Pakistan, we will be the first to resume cricket and cinema,” he said at the conference on Friday.

Swamy said while war is no solution, the Narendra Modi government will not tolerate terrorism and “if it comes we will retaliate by means that are available to us”.

“The mood of the country that I see over the years is only getting hardened and it reflects itself in places where many people would think we shouldn’t be really stepping in, for example on (Pak) artists not coming (in India). But that is the mood in the country that they don’t want any dilution of our attitude to Pakistan at this present moment.

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“It is a gloomy picture for negotiated settlement and dialogue. We will not allow dilution of this consciousness because if you have to prepare for something, then you cannot allow dilution of consciousness so all this naach gaana business will go as a consequence of it,” he said.

Swamy added that no one should normally object to culture and arts in a political warfare but given the current situation between India and Pakistan, where “we are not in a war-like situation but (there is) a possibility of war by miscalculation. Therefore we have to be prepared.”

Swamy was heckled by a student at the conference when he made the remark that after the Mosul attack by American support forces, many ISIS members were now thinking of taking sanctuary in Pakistan.

Swamy asserted that the “one mistake” India has made in Kashmir, apart from going to the UN on the issue, is “not to make it absolutely clear that no discussion will ever take place with Pakistan on the status of Kashmir. The only discussion that will take place is how to end terrorism”. Swamy said unless the political authority begins to assert itself in Pakistan to discipline its army, to discipline its ISI and put an end to all the terrorists living freely in Pakistan, “I think it will be impossible for any government of India to have a dialogue on wide ranging items”.

“Political normalcy between India and Pakistan is something which we in India think is fruitless and therefore should not be engaged in,” he said.

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  1. S
    Oct 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm
    Sounds reasonable since Indian people have run out of patience, and stan is still busy with Good Taliban and bad Taliban. As a result, India is losing security forces and war can only be postponed..
    1. S
      Oct 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm
      Right approach.We should be ertive unlike sickular liberals who are ready to pledge our country
      1. A
        Oct 22, 2016 at 9:58 am
        As usual this lunatic is talking again, its not people who should be prepared its his blo.ody government that should be prepared to go to war, his PM should bare his 56 inch chest, secondly if his PM has guts declare now that Kashmir issue is resolved and no more talks with stan on this issue, I dare these Hindu goons to speak
        1. K
          Oct 22, 2016 at 11:31 am
          This man Swamy may be taking extreme positions on everything like foreign affairs,political etc which is ok as he is a senior person and everyone can give his/her opinion no matter how strange/funny/bizarre it is which is fine and good to have difference. But what he saysand does in economic agenda/policies/affairs is the one that people need to keep an eye on for he has miserably failed on several grounds to keep his word,does flip-flops/somersaults esp after joining jhumla party in 2013 playing victim card sometimes or spinning conspiracy theories to hide something.