The pretentiousness and shallowness of many Indians can be really overwhelming.
sultan may have been a great movie, but I won’t know because I won’t be watching it. Not in theatres, or on TV subsequently, for obvious reasons. It’s not the movie I’m against, but the encouragement of wrong. But should that bother fellow Indians?
What should, is the fact that we are the same people who were furious, or even sniggered, as vijay mallya fled the country for his wrongdoings.
And we are the same people who, despite salman khan’s wrongdoings and ego, continue to encourage him by supporting him, by watching his movies and making him even more full of himself than he already is.
And now, there is a marble plaque installed on a traffic island outside Mehboob Studio in memory of, (beat this!), his two dogs that died about 7 years ago. And what’s important about those dogs? Nothing, apart from the fact that they were his pets. The plaque itself, approved by a local BMC ward, was installed about 2 weeks ago. And at that, it is 700 metres from the spot where his infamous hit-and-run occurred. [link]
I love dogs. And out of admiration for ‘man’s best friends’, I have read a fair amount about memorials for dogs all over the world. But those memorials were for exceptional and distinguished ones; those who either served in a war or with the police, in narcotics or anti-terror divisions of the forces, or saved multiple lives, or bravely sacrificed themselves saving or protecting children, etc.
Yet, in a country where even our human war heroes, police martyrs and civilians who have lived for social causes fight for remembrance and recognition of their exceptional sacrifices, we choose to make heroes of smaller people, and their pets.
It is not that our heroes don’t deserve our country. After all, we have been blessed to have been born in one of the greatest countries in the world, and our heroes undeniably loved it more than we can imagine.
It is, shamefully, that we Indians don’t deserve our heroes, for our respect and loyalty are invested in petty mortals.