Tag: General Elections 2019

Kesari set to deepen nationalistic fervor this poll season?

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Bollywood new release Kesari is garnering gushing reviews from critics. Will it play out on audiences’ minds in a different way than the expected one?

A few weeks ahead of the general elections, pollsters are recording a change in the mood of people post Pulwama terror attack and Balakot airstrikes. Last month, the martyrdom of 40 CRPF jawans in the Pulwama attack had enraged the citizenry against Pakistan-based terrorist outfits.

Then, the airstrike on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps within Pakistan by Indian Air Force, followed by the episode Wing Commander Abhinandan, had whipped up the sentiments of love and pride for the nation, the armed forces and even the people at the help of affairs.

In an election season, such moods have impact on political parties. Not surprisingly, 27 opposition parties gathered in Delhi the very next day of Balakot airstrikes and demanded that the BJP and its allies should refrain from taking political advantage of military acts.

And their apprehension seems to have turned true. For, pollsters have projected a huge swing in favour of Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and the alliance headed by him in the first two weeks of March.

Now, going by the review of Akshay Kumar’s new release, Kesari, it seems the movie is high on patriotism, nationalism, war and valour of soldiers.

Incidentally, the word ‘Kesari’ means saffron colour, which is the sacred colour of Hindus, but derisively linked to the BJP.

Akshya Kumar is a huge Bollywood star and pundits are already predicting a blockbuster performance of the movie in the box office. Will this film further deepen the hue of nationalism? And thereby help Narendra Modi led NDA alliance in the April-May general elections?

A twitter review here.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s cultural faux pas in Varanasi

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra garlanding Lal Bahadur Shastri’s statue in Uttar Pradesh

Congress General secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has concluded her three-day Ganga Yatra in Uttar Pradesh, riding a motor boat with party leaders and workers. She visited several temples, addressed small gatherings and held informal meetings onboard during the highly publicised poll campaign journey from Prayagraj to Varanasi.

Priyanka, then, also paid homage to a statue of former prime minister late Lal Bahadur Shastri. But this act of her became an instant controversy. For, she removed a garland from her neck and put it on the bust of the former prime minister, which is viewed as a cultural faux pas.

People are familiar with her brother, Rahul Gandhi’s verbal gaffes. The Congress president has left his listeners amused many a time with his misspelt words. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra though proved in her short talks she delivered to small audiences and media people along her Yatra that she is faultless in her spoken words.

But her cultural faux pas points to something deeper. For poll campaign impact, one may become Ganga ki Beti or a devout Hindu woman in no time. How long does it take to change one’s attire from a pair of jeans to a bordered sari? But imbibing cultural nuances is a little difficult if one is not surrounded by the elements of that culture.

In Hindu culture devotion and respect flows from a lower level to a higher level and blessings from higher to lower. Garlanding is an act of showing respect. Removing a garland from one’s own neck or that of a deity and then bestowing it on someone else is an act of blessing.

Which of these two acts did Priyanka Gandhi Vadra intend to do while garlanding the statue of Lal Bhadur Shastri?

Watch the video here: