Renuka Shahane’s latest post asks whether India will rise above politics?

In her post she asked a legitimate question, as to why there were no protest by the MSN workers post 26/11 Mumbai attack, why weren't Pakistani actors banned then?

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata | Published:October 21, 2016 10:21 pm
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In the age of social media, there are a very few who have been able to put forward some bare facts with logic which people can’t ignore, or get trolled for. Renuka Shahane, the popular film and television actor of late 90s, has been one among them who can put forward legitimate arguments at a time when social media is filled with hatred and fanaticism.

Her posts on social media platforms, raising pertinent questions when needed or just to say what is needed to be heard in a situation, have made her a star. All her recent posts have not only gone viral but also led to sensible debate. Be it her post on offering shelter to Irom Sharmila or Burkini ban to the very recent one on India-Pakistan crisis and the controversy surrounding Ae Dil Hai Muskhil, she has voiced her opinion with flair and hardly missed the point.

Only on Sunday, the Hum Aapke Hain kaun actor asked, “Is our “nationalism” about soft targets to lynch?”  She also raised a justified point and asked, “If Karan Johar is asked to sacrifice the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, shouldn’t business houses and Industrialists also show solidarity with the soldiers who’ve lost their lives?”

And while people were still debating about her stance, Karan Johar broke his silence and said that henceforth he would not work with Pakistani talent. Though many were not satisfied as Johar bowed down to MSN’s ultimatum and Home Minister and Maharashtra CM intervened to get a grip on the grim situation, the row is still ongoing.

Shahane this time put forward a timeline and asked, “We might as Indian citizens be able to put our differences aside & be able to keep India above Art & Sports but will our politicians be able to keep India above Politics?”

Through her timeline she highlighted many instances about attack on film industry, their apology and the hypocrisy of such groups.

Here is the full text of what Renuka Shahane wrote in her Facebook post

Some time lines for people with short term memory only:

Feb 3 2008: Mrs Jaya Bachchan asks, “Who is Raj Thakeray?” after MNS targets North Indians in Mumbai
Sep 8 2008: MNS targets Mr Bachchan for being brand ambassador of UP & setting up a girls school there instead of Maharashtra. Mrs Bachchan makes a sarcastic comment about speaking in Hindi at a music launch of a film.
MNS starts a stir against the release of Mr Bachchan’s “The Last Lear”.
By that time Mrs Bachchan had come to know who Raj Thakeray was and therefore apologises for her remark.

Cut to

Oct 2016: Mr Bachchan receives a personally sketched portrait by Raj Thakeray for his birthday & he gifts a watch to Raj Thakeray’s son.
Somewhere along the way Mr Bachchan became brand ambassador for Gujarat
There were no protests by the MNS
Guess Marathi-Gujarati bhai bhai but UP-Marathi not bhai-bhai!

Now Karan Johar.

Oct 2009: MNS protests use of ‘Bombay’ instead of ‘Mumbai’ in Wake Up Sid
Karan apologises saying, ” It was a genuine mistake on our part. Henceforth we will use Mumbai instead of Bombay”
MNS protests withdrawn.
Bombay Times was being printed then & now
MNS doesn’t protest.

Cut to

Sep 2016: MNS protests against the casting of a Pakistani actor in “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” in solidarity with the martyred jawaans of the horrendous Uri attack

Flashback

26/11/2008: The dastardly Mumbai attacks. Many civilians killed by Pakistani terrorists
Tukaram Ombale martyred while capturing Kasab live.
Many defence personnel are martyred.
Many Pakistani artists, singers, writers work here & go back.

2nd Jan 2016: Many defence personnel martyred at Pathankot

March 2016: Kapoor & Sons is released & becomes a hit. It has Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in it.
MNS does not protest

The present:

18/10/2016: Karan Johar apologises saying he will never cast a Pakistani actor again
Exhibitors of single screens still will not show the film
Our Home Minister says that it is business as usual in the country. Visas will be given to Pakistanis to come here & work. There will be no ban on Pakistani actors on the part of the Central Govt
MNS does not protest our Govt’s decision.
Karan Johar is to meet the Home Minister today.

Flash forward:
Karan Johar gets a portrait personally sketched by Raj Thakeray?

The present again:
After winning 3 wars at home, helping to win many in other lands, winning thousands of battles & skirmishes, being martyred in huge numbers, helping in any civil unrests, riots, natural disasters, helping all Indians irrespective of caste, race, language, gender; at last our Army has supposedly reached an International status at par with the Israeli Army that is protecting people of a land approximately 1/4th of our square kilometres and 1/100th of our complexity!!!

I thought our Army was always one of the best in the World.
Meanwhile the tu tu main main over surgical strikes continue between the Congress & the BJP.
The political squabbling & posturing continues.

We might as Indian citizens be able to put our differences aside & be able to keep India above Art & Sports but will our politicians be able to keep India above Politics?

I don’t think so.

I don’t think they will ever be able to practice what they preach!

What do you think about Renuka Shahane’s argument, tell us in comment below.

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    Amar Akbar
    Oct 21, 2016 at 9:01 pm
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      Pat
      Oct 21, 2016 at 8:59 pm
      People of India are well educated and can judge people politicos and actors or bhanias . We do not need to be advised by bullywood pimps producers directors characterless actors to watch their films. Why should we are they above Bharat? Our Motherland. They may care about it but patriotic Indians will not
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        Ramakant
        Oct 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm
        Truly bitter facts that MNS should answer. Today many successful people stay silent to avoid financial and some time physical damage. Today you freedom of speech is considered to decide if you are nationalist or anti national.
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          Balgit
          Oct 22, 2016 at 9:36 am
          Powerful interests at work. Renuka's article published by Bollywood hungama is alreasy taken down
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            bhanojirao, p.
            Oct 21, 2016 at 11:28 pm
            Exhibitors didn't boycott on their own, kjs statement in support of pigistan actors made them to take the decision.
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              DIBYA
              Oct 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm
              miss renuka .you are just a trp seeker for your channel..my answer not for you..just it for common indians like me..dia did not put ban at that time due to a hope still it will go on in future..and as a journalist you can understand it well and you can give a breaf story regarding this..if you can not then ask me ill give you a clear explanation..i am not a journalist..i am just a common citizen to india
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                DD
                Oct 21, 2016 at 7:08 pm
                no
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                  DD
                  Oct 21, 2016 at 7:08 pm
                  whether India will rise above politics?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;NO
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                    Sanjay Gupta
                    Oct 22, 2016 at 3:41 am
                    Don't know why everyone is worried about MNS. It's a small party with no por Base just trying to reap political benefit. MNS view is not public view. Govt of India has not banned anyone and given urance on full security on release of film. Entire Billy wood is trying to portray that govt is behind this The real worry point for Billy wood is whether the people are supporting this movie or not. It is hilarious to play the victim card for commercial gains. As they have the freedom to exercise artistic freedom so also the people of the country have the right to not watch the film as a mark of protest and support to soldiers. Didn't the father of the nation start the Non Cooperation movement against the British knowing fully well that it would cause hardships for many hardworking and righteous people in Britain.
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                      Loveall
                      Oct 22, 2016 at 2:41 am
                      Well said !!!
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                        Loveall
                        Oct 22, 2016 at 2:44 am
                        Will India rise above politics and answer is no ,for a simple reason that all uneducated ,criminals and corrupt people see politics as their only source of income !!
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                          jab
                          Oct 21, 2016 at 6:48 pm
                          Thankyou Renuka... for being bold..where even the so called superstars are scared of these anti social hafta wasooli goons, you have slapped them on the face and shown their true colour..hatsoff to you!!
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                            MN
                            Oct 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm
                            Every worda what Renuka Sahane has written in absolutely correct and fact. We are living in hycorites society. Have different yard stick to measure nationalism and patriotism. Who bark and shout today have become pseduo nationalist and such hypocrites preach others what is true patriotism.
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                              Suneet Sood
                              Oct 21, 2016 at 5:17 pm
                              Indian hockey players will play with stan on Sunday, in Malaysia.
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