Gul Panag gets all fired up at terror debate – By Upala KBR – Mid-Day eveninger, Mumbai

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RARELY BOLLYWOOD FILM STARS, ESPECIALLY ACTRESSES WHO ARE PEDDLED IN THE SCREEN WORLD AS MERE BIMBOS, ARE SEEN PARTICIPATING IN ANY MEANINGFUL DISCUSSIONS ON NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES. 

IT WAS, THEREFORE, A RARE OCCASION THAT GUL PANAG, AN ACTRESS WITH BOTH BEAUTY AND BRAINS ENGAGED IN AN UNEMOTIONAL AND LOGICAL DISCUSSION ON MINORITY RIGHTS, AN EXTREME COMMUNALIST WHO HAS MADE BRAHMIN EXILE FROM KASHMIR AS THE LINCH-PIN TO WEAVE AND  PROPAGATE A VERY DISTORTED AND ONE-SIDED VIEW OF THE SUFFERINGS OF A DISCRIMINATED MINORITY OF 150 MILLION INDIAN MUSLIMS, — MAKING OUT AS IF THEY DESERVE WHAT THEY ARE GETTING. 

SUCH POISONOUS AND INSIDIOUS COMMUNAL RANTS SOW DEEPER DIVISIONS IN THE SOCIETY AND PERPETUATES THE INHUMAN INJUSTICES THAT INDIA’S PLURALIST CIVIL SOCIETY IS STRUGGLING HARD TO OVERCOME AND REDRESS.

POWER TO GUL PANAG!!!

http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2009/may/090509-Gul-Panag-Ashok-Pandit-book-reading-Varon-B-K-Sharma.htm

Gul Panag gets all fired up at terror debate

By: Upala KBR

Date:  2009-05-09



Mumbai: Actress launches into shouting match with producer Ashok Pandit at a book reading function

Crossword shut down a book reading after Gul Panag and producer Ashok Pandit got into a shouting match.

They were debating on Varon B K Sharma’s The Assassination Of George Bush, when the subject moved onto terrorism. 

Scream Fest: Gul Panag

Pandit, who is a displaced Kashmiri, attacked Panag’s view that the root causes of terrorism, like poverty, needed to be looked at.

Pandit said, “If that was the case, every poor person would pick up a gun and start killing people.”


Panag said that she was no armchair activist. 

“I am well versed with facts and current affairs,” she said. 
“My dad, Lt General Panag was commander of northern command, so I know what terrorism is about.”

“I agreed with Ashok that we should ruthlessly crush terrorism, but I added that we should also examine the causes. Why are the poor taking to the gun? It’s not just Kashmir but also Assam, South India and other areas of India.

It was then, she said, that “Ashok butted in saying, what rubbish! Why are you justifying killing?”
Panag said she did not see the “vicious cycle of killing ending unless we don’t investigate why it’s happening. They don’t have food, jobs.”

“I said the Muslim population of our country is 12-13 per cent but the representation of Muslims in public services like Army, Parliament, Railways are below 3 per cent. 

To that Ashok said something like ‘If they want they can have it differently.’ That really upset me! How can an educated person talk like that?”

Pandit said in his defence that he could “not listen to the flowery language of peace.”

“Mahesh Bhatt started the discussion by talking about why terrorists behave like that and we should treat them with love, affection and sympathy.
 
Being a Kashmiri and a victim of terrorism for last 20 years, I said all terrorists should be killed as they don’t understand peaceful language.”

The book they were debating, or were supposed to be debating, was Varon BK Sharma’s The Assassination Of George Bush.

Sharma said, “It was a heated debate but if it was allowed to continue it could have turned uglier. That’s why the Crossword guys broke it up.”

Suchitra Pillai and Shefali Shah were also present. 

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PS. My Spell Check red lined the word Pandit in the above text and offered a suggestion: Bandit. 

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One Response to “Gul Panag gets all fired up at terror debate – By Upala KBR – Mid-Day eveninger, Mumbai”

  1. Lalit Ambardar Says:

    Pan Islamism inspired terrorism can not be justified by any means in a civilised world. Bangluru born space scientist did not go all the way to UK to blow himself up at the Glasgow airport to avenge any kind of ‘injustice’ back home .If only the world had taken cognisance of the suicide car bombing in Srinagar on the year 2000 Xmas by that Birmingham born lad of Pakistani origin, possibly 9/11, London /Madrid train bombings could have been averted. Kashmiri separatists regard ‘Kashmir’ as the unfinished task of the two nation theory based partition of India. Islam flourished in Kashmir& it continues to be amongst the top per capita states in India inspite of the on going turmoil there. Separatists have time & again publicly declared that it wasn’t any economic deprivation that lead to the Islamic insurgency in the valley.
    Kashmiri Hindu Pandits were subjected to ethnic cleansing in the valley only because they symbolised Indian presence in Kashmir & that they were Hindus .It is a blot on the ‘secularism’ that two decades on Kashmiri Hindu Pandits continue to live as refugees in their own country.
    It is inimical to the poor masses & the religion itself to attribute perceived ‘causes’ to the menace of faith inspired terror.
    Look what is happening in Pakistan. Poor people of Swat are undergoing what was perpetrated in Kashmir.
    Contemptuous attempt to even contemplate replacement ‘bandit’ for the displaced ‘Pandit’ smacks of racial hatred akin to Nazi era anti-Semitism.
    Regards
    Lalit Ambardar

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