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Tracking Shiv Sena’s anti-Pakistan stance over the years

Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali's concert, scheduled to be held in Mumbai on October 9, was on Wednesday cancelled after Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt it. The opposition was predictable.

Written by Nishant Shekhar | New Delhi | Published: October 7, 2015 9:56 pm
ghulam ali, shiv sena, sena, pakistan, pakistan singer, shiv sena pakistan, pakistan sena, pakistan singer, pakistan ghazal singer Over the years, the party has flexed its muscle to thwart attempts at cultural collaborations with Pakistani artists, sportspersons and others.

Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s concert, scheduled to be held in Mumbai on October 9, was on Wednesday cancelled after Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt it. The opposition was predictable. For opposing any cultural ties with Pakistan, the Sena has maintained that the government should call off every cultural and sporting relation with the neighbouring country till it stops all terror activity on Indian soil.

Over the years, the party has flexed its muscle to thwart attempts at cultural collaborations with Pakistani artists, sportspersons and others.

Digging Ferozshah Kotla pitch (1999): Shiv Sainiks dug up the pitch of the Ferozshah Kotla stadium ahead of Pakistan’s cricket tour. However, the match still took place and India’s star spinner Anil Kumble set the record of taking ten wickets in an innings.

ICC Champions Trophy (2006): After the Mumbai serial train blasts, Shiv Sena said it will stage protests and disrupt the ICC Champions Trophy matches featuring Pakistan in Jaipur and Mohali. The Sena said Pakistan should not be allowed to play in India in protest against the alleged involvement of ISI in the bombings.

Bigg Boss 4 (2010): The Shiv Sena asked the organiser of the show Bigg Boss during the fourth season to evict the Pakistani contestants Veena Malik and Ali Saleem from the show. The Sena maintained that there is no dearth of celebrities in India that the organisers were bringing outsiders, that too from Pakistan.

Singing reality shows (2012): The Shiv Sena joined forces with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS ) seeking a ban on Pakistani artistes’ participation in Indian TV shows. Rajya Sabha member of Shiv Sena Anil Desai said veteran singer Asha Bhosle should not share the stage with Pakistani artistes.

Threat to Pro-Kabaddi league players (2014-15): In the inaugural season of the Pro-Kabaddi league, three Pakistani players were kept away from matches in the state by their teams on account of the threat by Shiv Sainiks. In the subsequent year, the Shiv Sena asked the organisers of the Pro Kabaddi League not to field Pakistani players in any match held in Mumbai and Pune.

Sena disrupts India-Pak music meet in Mumbai (2014): Shiv Sena workers barged into the press meet and protested against Pakistani musicians before the launch of joint album. They stood on chairs with placards and demanded that the Sufi rock band be sent back.

Atif Aslam concert cancelled (2015): After a strong opposition from the Shiv Sena, Pakistani singer Atif Aslam’s concert in Pune, scheduled for April 25, was cancelled. Shiv Sena had threatened to disrupt the event.

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    Zaid hamid
    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm
    Shiv sena is right. The. Terrorist involved in Mumbai attack are free in muridke porkistan and we are inviting their artists and giving them opportunity to earn money and fame. Porky do not give respect to their own artists and we are treating them like Badshah. India shouldn't entertain these terrorist country's artists anymore.
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      Hari
      Oct 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm
      Indian govt should not create trouble for this country by granting VISA to such stani national in future.
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        ramesh
        Oct 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm
        Track stan's anti India stance on the same line too.. If this should be allowed, Why cricket is banned and why talk is banned? We always allowed the artists to perform and they earned huge name, fame and money in India and abroad (because of Indians). Still stan does not understand the fact and keep on encouraging terrorism. But still I don't expect any positive result. Because Pak has no leader at all, who can think for Pak people.
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          Saumil
          Oct 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm
          Hats off to SS for having always stood by this issue. This is exactly what needs to be done across the country and not only one state. After all possible efforts by our PM has failed in talks with Pak, are we yet living in hope ? BJP needs to take an appropriate stand against Pak rather than trying to be the so called 'Big Brother' and showing their high handedness with it's own allies, else soon they will be left with just themselves alone.
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            Saumil
            Oct 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm
            Hats off to SS for having always stood by this issue. This is exactly what needs to be done across the country and not only one state. After all possible efforts by our PM has failed in talks with Pak, are we yet living in hope ? BJP needs to take an appropriate stand against Pak rather than trying to be the so called 'Big Brother' and showing their high handedness with it's own allies, else soon they will be left with just themselves alone.
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