Inured, not outraged: Salman Khan’s acquittal in Arms Act case surprises few anymore

Bhai's immunity surprises no one. We are to the point of inured and shockproof – which should be troubling.

Written by Nandini Rathi | New Delhi | Updated: January 27, 2017 4:02 pm
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He arrived all crisp-looking at a Jodhpur court. Soon he was acquitted. Run of the mill news when it comes to Sallu bhai getting benefit of the doubt. He makes humanly mistakes, but has a pure heart. This verdict again certifies that. Family and fans rejoice. Bhai tweets gratefulness for their dependable support. Bollywood pays due lipservice – critiquing judiciary for long delay somewhere and showing good faith in its decision elsewhere – when not outrightly congratulatory to Khan. The neutral is amusing: “Justice is delivered”.

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What happens when law and order meets the rich and the powerful? Verdicts fit a template — once more. Bhai’s immunity surprises no one. We are to the point of inured and shockproof  – which should be troubling.

But if our friend circles and a few tweeting souls are anything to go by, there are some who can’t stomach all this easily. For them humour is a better expression (and coping mechanism) when outrage has long fizzled out of frustration.

Only one more legal embroilment remains for Bhai – the decision on the blackbuck case – and honestly, who cares. It will happen. For all I care, it is settled. Meanwhile, 2017 mein Bhai ki Tubelight bhi chamakegi aur Tiger bhi zinda rahega.

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