Recently, I had the privilege of being blocked on Twitter by a celebrity named Adnan Sami. I have grown up listening to his numbers, and love him as an artist. But, the reason why I was blocked had more to do with my comments on his profile, questioning his interference in our country matters.
I was still getting to terms with the fact that he had been given a Padma Shri just because he spoke highly of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, since I did not see any other contribution he has made to the country, not even as an artist. While this was difficult to digest already, Indigo airlines banned Kunal Kamra for questioning an indecent journalist named Arnab Goswamy, who abuses his right to speech every night on television. As if this was not enough, four more airlines followed suit.
I was trying to oppose the airlines’ ban on Kunal Kamra, since it raised a question on the very existence of our rights as citizens. It hurt more because no such ban had been put on ‘the so-called’ Sadhvi Pragya for all her misbehaviour on airplanes. It was not about Kunal Kamra being banned, but about the abuse of power by media and the politicians (collectively), and against the democratic right to question those in power.
Adnan Sami, in one of his tweets, wrote the term “joker”, targetting Kunal Kamra, and I replied against it, saying that he, “the joker”, happens to be the face of Indians who want to look forward in life and not sit here thinking about history.
I was just speaking to my dear friend #ArnabGoswami & couldn’t help asking him how he remained so calm while he was being verbally assaulted by a joker. He said that since he’s a huge fan of Anthony Hopkins, he was watching “Two Popes” on @NetflixIndia!!
How ‘Cool’ is that??😎😂 pic.twitter.com/GrMsUftodk
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) February 9, 2020
The real story began after this, when all the male Bhakts – nameless, profile-picture-less – appeared to “Twitter lynch”. One of the reasons was because I favoured a stand-up comedian who, I think, didn’t do anything wrong. Secondly, I spoke against Adnan Sami who bottom licks his favourite leader. Thirdly, I think I got attacked on Twitter because they are abusive Indian men who use the social media platform to vent out the frustration of their lives by targetting those they consider weak or who go against their opinions.
As the situation heated up, I simply denied to reply on Adnan Sami’s tweet. This was because his family hails from Pakistan, and I cannot let him have fun with our inner “family” disputes, just because he has a guest room in my house. This, in my view, became the reason why I got blocked by him. He was offended, and rightly so.
But, what about me being offended by the system, the way things are being handled, and the way our politicians are playing a two-faced game? The same party that has always used Pakistan as an agenda and has tried to divide-and-rule the country on the basis of religion, suddenly decides to give a Padma Shri to a singer from Pakistan, whose father was anti-India, simply because he bottom licks unfailingly, while so many people who are genuinely working for the betterment of the nation go unnoticed, unacknowledged, and unobserved, all because they choose to be selfless givers to the country.
I am personally the last person on Earth to believe in borders, for my spiritual understanding teaches me that God is one and spiritual beings can’t be bounded by borders. But seeing this fact being abused is saddening and infuriating. And as for Sami, he must not forget that when the circus shuts down, “the jokers” would remain inside, while the viewers who come from the outside to laugh at “the jokers” will be the ones who’d be asked to leave.
A comedian is doing a nice job for he is at least bringing smiles on the faces of those watching him. Do you know who the real jokers are — the blind followers of leaders who, without a hint of conscience, blindly applaud at everything their masters say. The real jokers are also the taxpayers who work day and night to pay taxes and still never get a Padma Shri, and people like you and me who voice their opinions, but are hushed under the carpet with distractions.
This is a country of jokers – all different shapes, sizes, and mindsets, and that is why this country has been subject to abuse since time immemorial. And even today, intruders continue to come, get citizenship, and also be awarded a Padma Shri for pleasing those in power. If we were not a country of jokers, our kindness wouldn’t have been sabotaged by the world.
I rest my pen, for I have nothing more to write, except that don’t harm the people of your own country to fulfill the agendas of those unworthy of the power.