Theaters open- Mumbai has chosen a different path
Feb 12 2010
Mumbai has chosen a different Path. MNIK opens with full houses in the whole country.
Good! Indeed. In the morning they were not so sure
but by noon theater owners got confident and one by one all opened. Though
intimidations started in Mumbai by Shiv Sena, MNS leaders had also
started spreading out to other cities in the country but they fizzled
Yesterday I had expressed fears that without action on top leaders, whose intimidations are the main cause of concern, theater owners will not feel confident. But finally Congress government did not have to take any action against top leaders. Just a little firm voice from top government ministers and administration was enough for a spark and middle class people of Mumbai took things in their own hands and came and watched movie "My name is Khan" with double enthusiasm. I watched on TV crowds near multiplexes, several were saying exactly what I have been arguing. "Let us stop this kind of targeting individuals by any political party. Let us get into a better managed country mode" Indeed this is the voice of silent majority in India. This courage is what you expect from silent majority in India and particularly in Mumbai. They do act some times quite effectively.
Our media and press anchors and editors leave no chance to throw all their abusive words on Modi and Gujarat but in Gujarat crowd acted in the same manner. It is also rebuke to our Media-Press people who had started predicting otherwise right in the morning without proper investigation.
I also heard people speculating "Shiv Sena or MNS have capacity to create a bigger law and order menace. But they did not go to that extent? Was there a deal ? Some compromise?"
What ever be it time being it looks like Congress government has managed again its
governance just above the minimal level of chaos (see News&Views Feb 2010 Congress Budges and other articles in links below ). Let us see how long it can continue with this minimal style.
As I wrote yesterday it should change its style. Now nation's economics
and people's needs and expectations are very different. Let us hope
this incident inspires Congress as well as BJP to review their styles
and they get ready to provide better managed administration.
Shah Rukh Khan again handled quite well and in quite humble, very Indian style. "If anything I have said wittingly or unwittingly to have disturbed any sentiments... I wholeheartedly regret... and I love you very very very very much, thank you,--- I promise, I will only make wonderful films from now on forever"SRK tweeted (see link below)
My previous articles on this topic
News&Views Feb 2010 Congress Budges
News&Views Feb 2010 Politics-India Shiv Sena -3
News&Views Feb 2010 Politics-India Shiv sena
News&Views Feb 2010 Politics-India Shiv Sena -2
News&Views Feb 2010
(photos taken from Internet sources)
More by this Author
June 19, 2010 For a change I want to write a few articles on life style and philosophies in average Indian life. It is much more pleasant to talk about these ideas than reactions on political events. Since I have...
4th May 2011 I wrote some time back first part of an article A New Dark age. I have to still write second part. But events of last few weeks indeed give a new perspective to all these affairs. I will rather wait a...
August 9, 2009 Basic ideas from Ancient Indian Philosophy-Duel of Brahman and Maya I continue with cultural and philosophical discussions. I want to describe some of the basic ideas from ancient Indian philosophies....