Indian Union Minister Babul Supriyo faces an intense backlash as he calls for a ban on Pakistani singers in India.
Supriyo’s rigid statements have set the social and mainstream media on fire. He said that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice should be removed and dubbed in the song Ishtehaar from Welcome To New York. He said that he doesn’t see a need to cross borders for the sake of entertainment, especially when the tensions between India and Pakistan are escalating.
Here are his words:
“I definitely want to believe that and I do as an artist but having said that where our soldiers are being brutally killed and their bodies are mutilated… If we can stop Pakistani players playing in IPL…. At a time when we have cornered Pakistan, even US is one step away from declaring Pakistan a terrorist nation…. maybe it would have been nice if Bollywood showed solidarity and took a stand…” (Source: Khaleej Times)
He added that his statement came out of pure patriotic sentiments and n matter what, India is always first.
Without a doubt, the social media was son turned into an intense battleground. It’s disappointing that industry as massive as India still demarcates and discriminates, all while raising the slogan that art and talent don’t have boundaries. Pakistani actors and singers have only added value to the industry and have produced some masterpieces that will be cherished and enjoyed for long.
Indian fans have expressed their sentiments on the entire scenario, where a few supported and most of them spoke against the rigid statement saying that it should be considered how the industry would look without gems like Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Here are some of the reactions and statements from the social media community:
#BanPakArtists #BabulSupriyo , M.P. of Indian Govt says, govt of india shall kerp pakistan on M.F.N. status, G.O.I shall NOT declare pakistan a terrorist state, Govt shall carry on trade , imports, hundred trucks daily thru wagah border BUT no pakistani singers & artists !! WAH
— Abhi Talukdar (@AbhiTalukdar) February 22, 2018
Don't know if #BabulSupriyo is right in urging Bollywood to take a stand against Pakistani musicians. With due respect to #ArijitSingh and other renowned names in India, I am afraid what would music industry look like without #AtifAslam and #RahetFatehAliKhan.
— Monika Rawal (@monikarawal) February 19, 2018
— Vishal. (@glahsiv) February 18, 2018
Ban them for their only crime, that is being a Pakistani:Babul Supriyo wants Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice removed from Ishtehaar song https://t.co/txdyJFktfF People of 🇮🇳R so obsessed with @RFAKWorld that singers like #babulsupriyo #sonunigam has nothing left but join politics
— Taher Syed🇮🇳 (@ImTaherSyed) February 22, 2018
That’s just an insecure singer speaking who would take more than a lifetime to match up to Rahat #Babulsupriyo
— Sanhita Bhattacharya (@sanbt18) February 18, 2018
Art must not be restricted in d name of Nationality. BJP is in total wrong path now due to such ppl.
— Shailrajsinh Chauhan (@ShailrajChauhan) February 18, 2018
— FinancialXpress (@FinancialXpress) February 19, 2018
#BabulSupriyo should know better than to equate every Pakistani artiste with terrorism. The likes of #AtifAslam & #RahatFatehAliKhan are role models to millions across the globe & bring so much joy to fans of Bollywood & the music industry @SuPriyoBabul @RFAKWorld @republic
— Azad (@AazMedia) February 22, 2018
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