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Pakistani artistes

Babul Supriyo wants Bollywood to ban Pakistani artistes. The occasion a press conference. Producer Vashu Bhagnani, whose film ‘Welcome to New York’ features a song by Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was present. He said “As an artiste I do feel that there are no boundaries to art. But having said that I feel when our soldiers are dying at the border, I think the rhetoric that tensions between India and Pakistan can be solved through cricket and music cannot be applicable for sometime. In Cricket, we are not allowing Pakistan cricketers to play in the premier league. And I think the Bollywood, which is a strong medium in itself, should take a stand as well on this issue. During the time of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, I took a stand in support of the makers and had to face a lot wrath for that. I had said that the film has been made and should not be obstructed because our Indian producers will face the losses. I stand by my fraternity. But right now, it is time that we show restraint when it comes to using Pakistani artistes in Bollywood.”

Vashu Bhagnani said “We made this song around 8-9 months ago. Now the film is releasing the day after tomorrow. We want to remove this song because for us the country and our soldiers come first. But still we cannot do anything as the film is releasing this Friday.”

Babul Supriyo is a BJP MP. He is Minister of State for Heavy Industries in Union Cabinet. He should ask External Affairs Ministry to stop issuing visas to Pakistanis. He should talk to PM and his colleagues in the cabinet to issue directions to stop working with Pakistanis. Some people do not support ban on Pakistani artistes. They get business from Pakistan.

If Bollywood bans Pakistani artistes, Pakistanis can ban Indian films. Many Bollywood films are released in Pakistan. Producers will lose. Pakistanis will watch those films on DVDs or torrent sites. Padmaavat was released in Pakistan without any controversy. Udta Punjab had cuts similar to CBFC cuts. Bombay High Court restores cuts except one. In Pakistan no one went to court against cuts.

Our soldiers continue to die in Kashmir. They are targets of stone pelters. Attacks from Pakistan continue. J&K Government, of which BJP is a part, decided to pardon stone pelters. If the BJP claims it was CM Mehbooba Sayeed’s decision and they had no role in it, they should quit the government.

Modi Government has not withdrawn Most Favoured Nation given to Pakistan. Talks with Pakistan continue in third countries and they do not get much publicity. When BJP was in opposition it used to say “Terror and talks do not go together.” Meanwhile in Pakistan, Supreme Court first removed Nawaz Sharif as PM, and now as PMN-L President.

Mother tongue instruction

There are people who say children should be taught in their mother tongue. Many of them send their children to English medium schools. Mother tongue instruction is for ordinary children. English instruction is for their children.
India is a country of many languages. It is not possible for each child to have instruction in its mother tongue. As per census 2001, 60 languages were spoken by 1,00,000 or more people. As per census 2011, 122 languages were spoken by 1,00,000 or more people. Total number of languages spoken in India varies from 780 t0 1,652. There are 66 scripts in India. Some mother tongues considered languages by some are considered dialects by others.
Some states have made learning state language compulsory. Some states want state language as medium of instruction. Many parents want their children to attend English medium schools. In colleges medium of instruction is mostly English. Students from vernacular mediums find switch to English medium difficult. Job prospects are bleak for those who have college education in state language.
Students who have mother tongue different from state language are unable to have education in their mother tongue. In big cities it is not possible to have instruction to each child in its mother tongue. In a class there can be 50 students each with a different mother tongue. In Bombay there were many Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu and other language schools. Their number has come down over the years.
Many go abroad for jobs. Many get jobs in information technology sector due to knowledge of English. Job is important.
It is good to observe 21 February as International Mother Language Day. However most people do not have their mother tongue as medium of instruction and many of those who have opt for English. In many families English has become mother tongue.

Three Modis

Narendra Modi is Modi No. 1. Also known as NaMo.
Lalit Modi is Modi No. 2. Also known as LaMo.
Nirav Modi is Modi No. 3. Also known as NiMo.
Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India on 26/5/2014.
Lalit Modi wanted for a case in FEMA violations in IPL tournament in 2009 in South Africa is an absconder since May 2010. In June 2015 it became public knowledge that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helped him get travel documents on “humanitarian” grounds supposedly to take his wife to Portugal for medical treatment. Modi No. 1 should have sacked Sushma Swaraj for that. He did not do it. As per one report Lalit Modi is now a citizen of Malta.
Nirav Modi is now known for defrauding Punjab National Bank Rs.11,400 crores. It is said he has defrauded other banks Rs.3,000 crores. Left India in the beginning of January 2018. He was photographed in Davos with Modi No. 1 along with others. A picture is worth a thousand words. Randeep Surjewala referred to Nirav Modi as Chota Modi 2. AAP, Congress and other parties have attacked Modi No. 1 for what Modi No. 3 did. It is said PMO was informed on 26/7/2016 about Modi No 3 and nothing was done. Congress claimed it is the biggest bank loot scam in 70 years of independent India. BJP tries to shift blame to Congress by saying PNB fraud began when UPA was in power.
There are jokes about NaMo, LaMo and NiMo.
NiMo becomes NaMo’s baby.
Finding Nimo.
Nimo joins Lamo with the help of Namo.
Is Nirav Modi’s Aadhaar card linked to PNB account.
PNB was celebrating Valentine’s Day with NiMo. They gave him lot of LOU.
If you put money in bank – Nirav Modi takes.
If you put money in cricket – Lalit Modi takes.
If you keep money at home – Narendra Modi takes.

Remember the good old days when those who robbed banks were called “robbers” and “bandits”. Now they are called “industrialists” and “billionaires”.
If Modi No. 1 has to survive and thrive politically Modi No. 2 and Modi No. 3 have to be arrested and brought back. Blaming Congress will not work.

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