Discussion in 'Shah Rukh Khan Dhamaal' started by sheruka, Aug 14, 2009.
mroe like a hypocrite
I hope this wasn't posted before.
Exactly! Talk about hypocritism...
Racism thrives in Obama's America
Sunday August 30, 2009
The Sunday Times
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan gives a press conference at his residence in Mumbai regarding a recent questioning by US Immigration officials. AFP
Why does America, after electing President Barrack Obama, continue to be racist? There may be many explanations. One of them is that by installing him at the highest position in the country, the Whites feel that they have cleared the debt they owed to the non-White world. Yet this does not make America liberal. In fact, the conservative path that Obama has been taking of late shows that he would rather acquire pro-White credentials than those of a liberal who looked as if he had joined issue on colour as well as capitalism.
I feel let down because I saw in him a bit of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Kennedy. What Obama has done is that he has effected only some cosmetic changes. He seems to have compromised with the vested interests in the fields of race and religion. A fresh thinking which I spotted in his pre-election speeches turned out to be a strategy to win votes. I feel sorry for him, but more so for America which invariably disappoints after evoking hope.
The treatment meted out to Shah Rukh Khan at New Jersey airport where he was detained for two hours is out and out racialism. That he is a Muslim doubled his sin. There is no explanation given for the biased questions he was asked. The lame excuse that it took time to check his luggage does not condone the grilling he was subjected to, as the US does to Asians and non-Whites.
The fact is that the democratic America ends when the real America, arrogant and prejudiced, takes over. The authorities that showed no decency to Shah Rukh Khan are trained that way. None of them is accountable and none of them is punished because they have humiliated even the best of Asians. In the case of Shah Rukh Khan they could not have made a mistake because he was there one month earlier, the computers at the customs and immigration counters having his full details, with his photograph.
India's former President Abdul Kalam was also roughed up. So was the then Defence Minister George Fernandes. I do not know if any punishment was given to the officers who humiliated Kalam and Fernandes. America is concerned about what happens to the White. Recently, an Indian family of five and 25 Poles travelled to America in the same plane. Only the Indians were checked and detained. The Poles were not stopped even for a second to keep the appearance at least.
Washington is also careful about what happens to the Chinese because they have the type of economy which can hurt America. Hapless India hardly matters, particularly when it is already queuing up before the White House or the State Department for favours. The successive governments at New Delhi have reduced the country to a client state. The Ministry of External Affairs indulges in some diplomatic acrobats whenever a Shah Rukh Khan-like incident takes place but then it goes back to its obligations under the strategic alliance with America. The ministry awaits another insult to go over the exercise once again.
I was happy when Information Minister Ambika Soni said after the Shah Rukh Khan incident that we should pay back in the same coin. I wish we would do so at least in one case so that the Americans come to realize that the nation which ousted the British has not yet become part of furniture. One MBA girl student assured me that the day was not far when India would be rejecting visa applications of Americans as they are doing in our case.
It is time that the Americans realize that the word, ugly, for them is returning with a vengeance. America’s resolve to fight against terrorism and its soldiers in Afghanistan pale into insignificance when Washington has no respect for the non-Whites and when it believes that it can get away with all the insults it can heap on Asians, Africans and Arabs. Enough is enough.
And how Washington meddles into the internal affairs of nations can be judged from a circular the US Commission in International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has issued. It has placed India on its watch list for what it calls Indian government's largely inadequate response in protecting its religious minorities.
USCIRF has said that India earned the watch list designation due to the disturbing increase in communal violence against religious minorities specifically Christians in Orissa in 2008 and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 and the largely inadequate response from the Indian government to protect the rights of religious minorities.
India feels itself ashamed over what has happened in Gujarat and Orissa. Still, we are more concerned over racialism practised in our own country. We suffer from the same bias of superiority of the White. Students from Africa and the northeast complain of our prejudice against them on the basis of colour or race. They find it hard to get accommodation and have practically no opportunity for social gathering with other Indians.
Our literature is full of praise for a woman who has white complexion. Kalidas in his books compares the beautiful with the ones who are white. Shakuntala is bewitching because she excels the white in looks. Probably, this attitude is because of our slavery of 150 years at the hands of the British, the White. We have not been able to jettison our slavish complex.
But who are Americans to teach us how to treat the minorities? They have a society which feels superior because it comprises the White. The treatment meted out to minorities in their country is unprintable. We should also set up a committee to look into complaints by the black and the religious bodies against Americans and then place Washington on the watch list. All that I can tell the US is: Physician, heal thyself!
American born cool desis
Sunday, August 30, 2009 2:57 IST
Daily News & Analysis
Mumbai-born, New York-raised anthropologist Shalini Shankar spent three years "kickin' it" with desi teens in the Silicon Valley for her book, Desi Land: Teen Culture, Class And Success In Silicon Valley. She spoke to DNA about how desi teens navigate the world of their immigrant Indian parents, American pop culture, and 'model minority' expectations.
<just on topic part posted>
Is this a good time to be a desi teen in America?
I think it is a good time to be a Hindu desi teen. I don't know if it is a great time to be a Muslim desi teen. If someone like Shah Rukh Khan is detained at Newark Airport, what does that say about ordinary people who are racially profiled based on their religion? Post-9/11, Indian Americans don't get a uniform reception -- there is more suspicion and scrutiny.
hypocrites are cowards ji
i agree and not just religion...race, creed, looks and all of that
Commentary: Time for America to ban racial profiling
* Story Highlights
* Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan detained at Newark airport on August 14
* The actor's name was in the computer system, a result of racial profiling
* Khan was promoting a film that deals with discrimination against Muslims in the U.S.
* Chandra Bhatnagar calls for legislation so human rights of minorities are respected
updated 11:42 a.m. EDT, Mon August 31, 2009
By Chandra S. Bhatnagar
Special to CNN (USA)
Editor's note: Chandra Bhatnagar is a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's Human Rights Program and principal author of "The Persistence of Racial and Ethnic Profiling in the United States," recently submitted to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan was detained by authorities at the Newark, New Jersey, airport.
(CNN) -- Earlier this month, one of the biggest movie stars in the world was flying from Newark, New Jersey, to Chicago, Illinois, when he was allegedly pulled out of a security line and questioned and detained for over 1½ hours, apparently because of his Muslim name.
Bollywood megastar Shahrukh Khan is adored around the world, with an estimated fan base of 3.5 billion people. His fame merited a wax figure at Madam Tussauds in London, England.
Khan had come to the United States to participate in Indian Independence Day events in Chicago.
What is significant about Khan's experience is not simply that it happened. Indeed, prominent Indian travelers including former Indian president Abdul Kalam and Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen have also been victims of racial profiling at airports, and countless other Indian and other South Asian travelers (be they Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, or Christian) have been subjected to similar forms of profiling and scrutiny.
What makes Khan's case particularly stinging, however, is that he had just completed filming "My Name is Khan," a movie that deals with discrimination against Muslims in the United States in the post-9/11 environment. Yet, there he was, a famous movie star, experiencing a poignant example of life imitating art imitating life.
Internationally, and particularly in India, the Shahrukh Khan incident has generated a lot of attention and anger. Khan is a symbol of Indian national pride. The indignity he suffered is emblematic of the insults faced by countless other Indian and South Asian travelers, and has led to demonstrations and burnings of U.S. flags in protest.
However, the Khan case provides a chance for American society to re-examine the breadth and depth of racial profiling, its impact on minority communities in the United States, and its harm to America's reputation around the world.
Recently, the ACLU and the Rights Working Group released a report that compiled data and anecdotal information from across the United States and showed that authorities continue to investigate, stop, frisk or search racial minorities based upon subjective identity-based characteristics, rather than identifiable evidence of illegal activity.
The report found that the practice of racial profiling by members of law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels remains a widespread and pervasive problem, affecting the lives of millions of people in African-American, Asian, Latino, South Asian, Arab and Muslim communities. The report also illustrated that victims continue to be racially or ethnically profiled while they work, drive, shop, pray, travel and stand on the street.
Democratic and Republican administrations have criticized racial profiling. Former President George W. Bush described the practice as wrong, former Attorney General John Ashcroft called it unconstitutional and current Attorney General Eric Holder said profiling was "simply not good law enforcement." Despite the bipartisan rhetoric, however, this unjustifiable and unconstitutional practice persists.
Moreover, racial profiling is a clear violation of human rights and of the obligations of the United States to uphold the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the major international treaty dealing with racial discrimination, which the United States ratified 15 years ago. This month in Geneva, Switzerland, the U.S. government's record on racial profiling is being reviewed by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the body that oversees compliance with the convention on racial discrimination.
In the near future, Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, and Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, will introduce legislation designed to end profiling. The End Racial Profiling Act would not only compel all law enforcement agencies to ban racial profiling, it also would create and apply anti-profiling procedures, document data on stop/search/arrest activities by race and gender and create a remedy for victims of profiling to defend their rights.
The legislation is an extremely important step toward promoting equality and human rights for all people in the United States.
In the coming months, the Obama administration and Congress have a historic opportunity to take urgent, direct and forceful action to rid the nation of the scourge of racial and ethnic profiling and bring the United States into compliance with the Constitution and international human rights obligations.
The passage of the racial profiling act would send a strong signal that we, as a society, believe that people should not be scrutinized by law enforcement simply because of their last name, their faith, or their racial, ethnic or national origin.
President Obama recently said, "There's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That's just a fact." The president is correct about the historic problem of racial profiling being "a fact" and it is high time that our leaders in government pass legislation so that the civil and human rights, not just of famous movie stars or prominent professors, but of all members of minority communities, are respected.
interesting...only if they would revaluate the process
very good article dear friend ... but this leads me to think that one is not when you think equiboca even in these times there is racism .. emerges even more than this for human rights and this had to happen just so that our king will be taken throughout this case and as soon enserio ethical and professional and inhuman treat Muslims badly Chinese people are Latino or whatever these men have made against shahruhk always have something big to happen so that everyone starts talking about it really this bad united states I think are more racist than anywhere else in the world to shame
Om Shahrukh Om
Tired of reading about the SRK scandal. Well here's more!
Khan promo Khan
What that scene in Newark Airport was really about.
By Agnes Thoompunkal
The media-savvy Shahrukh Khan (SRK) ruled out seeking an apology. And guess why? Because he isn't getting one, and he knows it. US immigration authorities in Newark stood by the sense of their procedural routine and said that he was not being singled out with any irregular intent. Hair fashionably tousled and jeans suitably torn, never has SRK's get-up been more justified than when he arrived before fans at the South Asian Carnival in Chicago with whom he shared the broad details of his detention.
Far from requiring an apology, SRK needs to come clean on whether or not this episode was played out as a maximum mileage stunt for the upcoming co-SRK-promoted flick, My Name is Khan (My NIK). Failing which, his camp would need to issue an apology for seeking to manipulate prospective viewers. Since neither side is preparing their pardons, so lets just take a look at all the evil plots behind this drama.
What went wrong is what went right
In fact, going by reports, Shahrukh did have something to say about what set this episode apart from previous encounters. He clarified that (as reported in the Times of India) "this isn't the first time I've been stopped at an American airport, but it is traumatic not to be allowed to even make a call." So that's what set this episode apart from previous encounters - access to making calls. One of the initially reported reasons for SRK's detention was that his surname appeared on their watch list. Therefore they were merely observing procedure by going ahead with the interrogation to eliminate suspicion. The officials concerned can only be faulted with observing norms. SRK on the other hand can only be faulted with expecting to be treated as a celebrity. There was some mention of his asserting that he was a film star and he was performing at a cultural event and he could call up organizers to vouch for his identity. Procedures shouldn't be bypassed with a phone call, which is what he expected, even though when he was eventually permitted a call, he pushed all the right buttons - and through the grand offices of Congress MP Rajiv Shukla got the consulate and embassy in overdrive. It is only after this intervention that he was released from his nearly hour-long ordeal. Without his baggage. So where was his baggage? Hadn't arrived yet. Another reason for why he was questioned, since examination of baggage was part of the inspection process.
My NIK and what rides on it
SRK's tantrums wouldn't call for much attention if it didn't point at something more vexing. That independent media and governmental machinery have been subordinated to SRK's PR machinery and in the process assisted in promoting his upcoming flick My Name Is Khan. And there's a lot riding on My NIK. It was announced earlier this month that Fox Star Studios (a JV between Star and 20th Century Fox) bagged global marketing and distribution rights to My NIK for an amount of close to INR 100 crores - a deal that is being referred to as B'wood's biggest deal to date, edging out arch rival Aamir Khan's hit Ghajini. SRK and friend Johar have sunk 55 crores into My NIK, which makes that much more riding on the flick. Especially since SRK and just about everyone else in the industry knows that having a big name Hollywood production house in the mix is not assurance of the film's success. With the kind of flop that the Warner Bros.' backed Chandni Chowk to China turned out to be, no one's labouring under any illusions.
My NIK undoubtedly hopes to recreate the box-office success of New York when it whipped up some non-resident Indian (NRIs) outrage over discriminatory treatment in the aftermath of 9/11. Since most mainstream A-grade Hindi films today seem more keen on addressing what beleaguers the NRI (US/UK specifically) or the upper middle-class Westward-looking Indian over a more local audience.
Hopping on the indignation bandwagon
Politicians, banking on the fact that most people aren't given to questioning SRK's motives, summoned the easily available indignation, and milked it for all it was worth. Ambika Soni supposedly speaking in her capacity as Information and Broadcasting Minister unsurprisingly decided to speak for herself and on behalf of, one supposes, a junior spokesperson from the external affairs ministry, when she called for a "tit for tat" on American visitors to India. It's just that tit for tat is so close to shadow boxing, so close to flattering imitation, so close to plagiarizing other people's songs and films without a sense of the need for the alien treatment. Except the disingenuous need to show 'one can do it too'. The action itself becomes disingenuous. Like B'wood films? So 'tit-for-tat would suffice at getting Indian custom officials to be especially discourteous to American tourists, while giving short-shrift to the security check itself.
In spite of coming from anti-SRK camps, the incident has thrown up some surprisingly intelligent pronouncements. This includes Salman Khan who said that the US authorities were just doing a good job of checking people getting into their country; and the fact that the US hasn't been subject to a major terrorist attack in their country since 9/11, testifies (or is at least meant to testify) for the earnestness and rigor of such security checks. The wily Samajwadi Party man Amar Singh even mentioned that this little drama was played out as a promo for My NIK. Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, fresh from taking no known action on his vow to conduct a probe into the issue of former President Kalam's body search by an American airline company, has vowed to take up the Khan matter.
What could have been the takeaway
SRK's statement to his fans upon arrival at the Chicago carnival included this line, "At times I do not feel like stepping on American soil any more but I have millions of fans here who would want to see me so I will keep coming." His ironic smirk would mean something if it came with a retreat from the limelight. But by the way in which this story has been blown out of proportion by politicians and the media alike, one can't help but to think a stunt is at play.
Agnes Thoompunkal is a copy editor with an online citizen journalism portal. She is currently based in Gurgaon, India, and is serious about observing birds and people.
"Far from requiring an apology, SRK needs to come clean on whether or not this episode was played out as a maximum mileage stunt for the upcoming co-SRK-promoted flick, My Name is Khan (My NIK)."
yeah, i mean
why the hell are we searching for follow ups on this news?
we dont want anymore
lets forget it and let these losers do whatever they want
Sheesh, they STILL write articles about it though Shahrukh cleared the whole episode?? Are they like deaf or something?
wht the hell?
thats so stupid...it beens over a month...move on media..move on....
Exactly! Shahrukh himself hasn't even mentioned the incident since ages, and here go the mediavalas writing about it (and so insuring to get their article released) and blaming Shahrukh for all the publicity they created...
!! they created this drama not him...its ridiculous and they ridicule him for the media frenzy..srk has kept quiet about it..so stupid..the press conference was suppose to get everything all out in the open and end it...here we go again