By Sushant Taing
“So Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, the macho-moron, the convicted criminal with negative IQ, who can’t write a single grammatically correct sentence in simple English language, posted a series of Tweets yesterday where he urged the government of India to grant clemency to 1993 Bombay Blasts accused (it was only Bombay then, not Mumbai) Yakub Memon. And he also bashed Yakoob’s older brother Tiger Memon.
And as expected, he was trolled, abused and subjected to many tirades all over Social Media by thousands, probably millions of Bhakts as well as other Jingoists and Nationalists as well as closeted Muslim-phobes masquerading as Secularists.
And today, Salman was compelled to withdraw from his Tweets and even offered a public Apology for them.
Now, whether Salman’s actions were moral or immoral and whether Yakub should be pardoned or not are matters for another debate.
But the many hostile reactions against Salman remind me of a larger problem.
We have demagogues like Dr. Subramanian Swamy (who is very popular among large sections of NRI/PIO crowd) openly defend (both in the mainstream media as well as social media) convicted rapists like Asaram Bapu and even many accused of perpetrating communal riots as well as those accused as well as Convicted of Hindutva Terrorism.
Yet, hardly anyone (including most of us Left Liberals) ask Dr. Swamy to withdraw from his statements as well as apologize.
Now, many will argue that Salman is a superstar of Bollywood, known to literally billions world over while Dr. Swamy is largely unknown among the masses.
And in all fairnes, this argument makes some sense (not complete sense though).
However, to make it fair, let’s now take the case of the “Shehanshsh of Bollywood”, considered by many critics as well as many in the masses to be the “Greatest” Actor ever in Bollywood – Amitabh Bachchan.
Amitabh’s wife Jaya is a Member of the Rajya Sabha (upper House of the Indian parliament) representing Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, the same party tainted by the 2013 Muzzafarnagar Riots.
Moreover, Amitabh Bachchan is currently the brand ambassador of the state of Gujarat, appointed by none other than 2002 riots accused Narendra Modi, when the latter was Gujarat CM.
And before anyone accuses me of Pseudo-Secularism, let me also remind everyone that Amitabh Bachchan and his entire family were ardent supporters of the Congress party till the late 1980s and Mr. Bachchan had even been a Lok Sabha MP representing Congress from his hometown Allahabd during the same time Congress goons butchered thousands of Sikhs all over Northern India as “punishment” for former PM Indira Gandhi’s assassination (perpetrated by her Sikh bodyguards)
And it doesn’t end there. Amitabh has also been accused of rabble-rousing and instigating anti-Sikh Congress lynch mobs in Delhi back in 1984 by chanting slogans like “Khoon Ka Badla Khoon” (Blood for Blood). Earlier this year, a court in Los Angeles USA even summoned Mr. Bachchan for his involvement in the 1984 genocide.
And yet, Mr. Bachchan and his family continue to be “Respectable” members of Indian society and are admired and looked up to by billions of Indians.
Hardly anyone (including many self-proclaimed Leftists and Liberals) troll, abuse or demand apologies from Amitabh Bachchan and his family for their association with the Congress, Samajwadi Party and BJP at different stages in their lives.
So why is Salman unfairly targeted by everyone?
Well, it’s something called Upper-Caste Hindu privilege, which Salman doesn’t and can never enjoy (despite his and his family’s support for Modi as well as the many Hindu festivals they never fail to celebrate and also the rituals they perform).
Moreover, Salman came out in support of Yakub Memon who, like Salman, also doesn’t enjoy Upper-Caste Hindu privilege, unlike the high commands of Congress, BJP & Samajwadi Party that the Bachchan family have been stooges of (all parties headed by Upper-Caste Hindus, ok Yadavs are OBCs but that’s still considered “better” than Dalits & Tribals)
Just like White privilege in Europe, North America & Australia; Punjabi Sunni Muslim privilege in Pakistan; Mandarin speaking Han-Chinese privilege in China, Upper-Caste Hindu privilege is an Inconvenient Truth in India, something most Upper-Caste Hindus can never accept.”
This post was written by Sushant Taing an young man in his late twenties, who demolishes all bullshit with his evocative and compelling arguments, taking the side of humanism. I was inspired by his FB post on Salman Khan which i very much agree to dot. I thank him personally for allowing me to use his viewpoints in my blog.