We salute you Asha Bhonsle

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Asha-Bhonsle

Asha is made up of a different mettle. Today she rushed where the waxy giant like Amitabh Bachcan had feared to tread.

COURAGE IS grace under pressure, said Ernest Hemingway and the evergreen and ever gracious Asha Bhonsle stands testimony to this.

To speak against the Mantras of Shiva Sena and MNS in Maharshtra needs strength of character and courage. Asha Tai has proved irrevocably that is she not short of that. Politics is not her cup of tea. Not very long ago, at the age of 60-plus, Asha Bhonsle had dared to challenge the youngsters on the scene, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurty, Sadhana Sargam in evocative songs ‘Yai Re, Yai Re…’ and ‘Tanha Tanha…’ both from Rangeela or ‘Rang De…’ from Takshak.

She teamed with Adnan Sami and ‘Ghulam Ali’ with equal ease for private albums of songs or ghazals. That is her field. Today she rushed where the waxy giant like Amitabh Bachcan had feared to tread. He had put to shame his own wife and all Indians when he begged mercy from the MNS chief. Asha is made up of a different mettle.

In Pune, on the terra firma of the Sena Juggernaut, she challenged Bal Thackrey and remonstrated MNS founder Raj Thackrey indirectly to give up their nasty parochial approach of ‘Mumbai for Marathi Manoos only.’ She categorically reminded them that Mumbai belongs to every one. The veteran singer backed her argument with the appropriate logic.

“Mumbai belongs to all those who work tirelessly, day and night, in the city. Our people (Maharashtrians) should also do such hard work. I worked tirelessly and that is the reason why no one could snatch away what was due to me,” she said. Dwelling upon her own struggles, she said she had to undergo extreme hardship. Responding to a question in a public interview conducted by a TV channel, Bhonsle said she belonged to all of India as she has sung in various languages. At the same time, she was proud of being a Maharashtrian.

She could not have chosen a better occasion to deliver her message. Asha Bhonsle has been a glittering star of the Hindi film industry since the last four decades. Let us remember that she had to grow up in the shadow of her sister, Lata Mangeshkar. Asha has indeed done very well for herself. Initially she had to face the inevitable – unfair comparisons with her more popular sister. But she did not let that affect her. Perseverance paid off. In no time she overtook tough contenders like Geeta Dutt.

We salute you Asha Tai for the honesty, integrity and courage you have shown. We also salute you Sachin Tendulkar for being the real Maratha and our hats off for Shahrukh Khan who remained undaunted in the face of worst threats and anticipated adversities.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Sachin Tendulkar – The giant killer

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Sachin-Tendulkar

By criticising Sachin Tendulkar’s patriotic fervour, Balasaheb Thackarey has truly bitten more than he could chew. As the nation leapt into Sachin’s defence, the master blaster inadvertently knocked down a much bigger target this time.

ONCE UPON a time, India was a liberal and tolerant place. Then we started learning how to control free thinking and free writing. Somewhere along the way, creative artists and writers also fumbled and forgot that with freedom comes certain responsibilities.

Then came the Emergency and the state told us, it knew better what was food for us, our family and our nation. The public rejected these concepts outright and the originator of these concepts. Then, Kudip Nayar came with his landmark book,“The Judgement”. It told everything about dictatorship, its evolution and it’s obnoxious outcome. We were back on the track of liberty and civilised life.

That was a time when a cartoonist had already graduated into politics and experimented with success about the applied art of mobbing. He had the patronage of Congress Party as its ebullient Chief Minister VP Naik and was ruling the rich state of Maharashtra. The name of the cartoonist was Balasaheb Keshew Thackeray.

He had started his career in the Free Press Journal in Mumbai in the 1950s. His cartoons were also published in the Sunday edition of The Times of India. In 1960, tasting some name and fame, he decided to launch his own cartoon weekly Marmik with his brother. Initially, it was publishing articles provoking Marathi Monoos against Gujarati businessmen, who wielded immense influence and south Indian labour, who were available at pittance. Thackeray formed the Shiv Sena on June 19, 1966 and its main objective was to ensure job security for Maharashtrians against immigrants from southern India, Gujaratis and Marwaris.

Within a short time, Shiv Sena transformed into an anti-communist organisation, which challenged and wrested control of major trade unions in Mumbai from the CPI. The Shiva Saniks gained strength and some of them even began to demand protection money from Gujarati and Marwari business leaders.

It later allied itself with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP-Shiv Sena combine won the 1995 Maharashtra state assembly elections and came to power. During the tenure of the government from 1995 to 1999, Thackeray was nicknamed “remote control”, since he played a major role in government policies and decisions from behind-the-scenes.

On November 11, 2009, Thackeray published an editorial in Saamana which criticised a statement made by Sachin Tendulkar in an interview where he said “Mumbai belongs to India… I am a Maharashtrian and am extremely proud of that, but I am an Indian first.”

This time he made a remark that he would regret all his life. He bit more than he could chew. Today, Indians have realised the truth and everyone, including Marathi Manoos, have joined the nation in condemning the politics and ideology of the Thackareys.

Sachin has made a master stroke which is heavier, impressive, convincing and long lasting. The cookie is finally broken. David has subdued the Golaith !

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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