Saturday, August 15

This is Sunday morning fodder.





This time our very own SRK, our collective pride, has undergone over an hour of detention at New York airport sans cellphone and sans dignity.

SRK Detained.

We are undergoing indignation, anger even humiliation depending on our surnames. The whole incident has exposed the seamier side of security measures in US of A,another one for Obama administration which is doing its best to wipe off Guantánamo Bay phenomenon from a post 9/11 America. ( though a simple wiki search tells me that it existed even before that.)

World over States fail to strike the balance on such issues how much security is enough security ? How much racial profiling is enough and when does racial profiling infringe on fundamental human right to live with dignity ?

While at one level when can understand US's paranoia over the issue of terror, it would be worthwhile to hand over a two pager on "whats done' and "whats not done at all". I was far more indignated when our ex president was asked to put his cellphone aside for frisking by must- be - a trainee, in the Indian Soil. That was a violation of a process.

And I am sure that a country as enterprising as that can find a better method of separating the wheat from the chaff, because racial profiling against the Khan or anybody is pure humiliation for the victim and very embarrassing for the perpetuate of the act. Its just too damn embarrassing !!! Racial profiling is as big a slur as apartheid was

And I think whether its India or US or more recently Pakistan, all states have realised that the issue of Global terror is beyond a religion, a sect, its a far seamier truth than religious bigotry. It finds its origin in the history of a country, its own world views and faults with its world views.

When Obama says that Pakistan has no real threat from India , but its real issues are on the Pakistan Afhanistan border, likewise America's threat is not the influx of Khans & Alis on its airports but in its own at times divisive at times intrusive foreign policy.

US is doing this coz it does not want to deal with another Ground zero ofcourse looking at Shahrukhs' luggage on the airport is really looking at the wrong place but atleast it has a security measure, however faulty. As far as India is concerned there are only lessons from the American experience - America's security policy is saying - "once bitten,twice shy." As for us, we are still at large on our security measures.

By the way those of you who think that our processes do not make allowances for some of the things that happen in airports at America, thats not true, but these unlike the US are not articulated as strongly and to an average Joe, it may feel like harassment. Besides the rampant corruption ensures that any extra government window for extra scrutiny of papers, reduces to another Rs. 100 - Rs.200, in the hands of Babus.

We have our own Guantánamo's to account for, to many who want to read more on this issue, I would recommend reading " Curfewed Night By Basharat Paer.

On a sombre note....

I never thought that one day I would blog about Shahrukh Khan but I am increasingly getting impressed with his off screen persona. ( onscreen will take some more time).
It takes a Khan to register the kind of protest he did, "matured and unemotional". and quickly distanced himself from any half apology that diplomatic pressures would ensue. This Khan is evolved and truly professional. Truly an Indian icon. He wears his religion on his sleeve well, married inter religion, speaks in defense of Islam when he has to, and condemns terrorist attack openly. Yes, he is truly an Indian icon. Off screen.

4 comments:

anamika said...

Hey just wondering what the Gung ho about Shahrukh being interogated is all about. I am a freequent flier myself and have had to go through it. Well initially he did say coz he was a khan.. Well am not and still have had to go through it. One has to take these things in their stride or sit coyly at home

shuchika said...

there are couple of things that the world is hassled about

Is this kind of racial profiling at airports the only way to esnure that security is not compromised ?

If yes, then I guess there is nothing to be done.

There is section in India which believes that Khan thwarted the issue to promote his new film " My name is Khan".

If it is so, it is disgusting.

But I guess if we leave Khan aside for a moment and think through this issue of extra checking coz you belong to a certain community, it is no less than racial apartheid.Well, I think the issue is topical not just to US but India as well.

shuchika said...

there are couple of things that the world is hassled about

Is this kind of racial profiling at airports the only way to esnure that security is not compromised ?

If yes, then I guess there is nothing to be done.

There is section in India which believes that Khan thwarted the issue to promote his new film " My name is Khan".

If it is so, it is disgusting.

But I guess if we leave Khan aside for a moment and think through this issue of extra checking coz you belong to a certain community, it is no less than racial apartheid.Well, I think the issue is topical not just to US but India as well.

anamika said...

Bob Dylan was also not recognised by the Jersey Cops... All Iam saying is that these things happen. but am sure it is never to people from a certain religion, race. I also thought that he was promoting his film by the same name.

If yes it is an excellent PR gimmick and I am impressed by his business acumen no PR professional worth his salt could have done that to promote his film. Reams of newsprint written. Brilliant!