Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rooting for Shiv Sena

So apparently, the story goes that an Indian reality show (Bigg Boss, which I'm guessing is their completely original take on Big Brother) was set to have two Pakistani contestants participating. Of course, for such a high-brow, and tasteful endeavour (hosted by Salman Khan no less), they have opted for two intellectual powerhouses: Ali Saleem (The cross-dressing wonder) and Veena Malik (No introduction necessary). Needless to say, no good can come of this.

As the nation covers it eyes, and braces itself for yet another barrage of embarrassing incidents bound to ensue, there is one ray of hope. Shiv Sena have jumped into action demanding their exclusion. Party activists apparently stormed Bigg Boss’s bungalow and beat up security guards there. Bal Thackeray has reportedly said, “Under the guise of the show, Pakistan’s green poison is being spread in this country. Whoever loves this country, we shall ask for their support and not permit the show to continue, come what may.” The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is apparently of the same conviction.

Considering the celebrities being sent over, one cannot help but feel sympathetic to their cause. But there are greater reasons to root for them. Firstly, their outright hatred for all things Pakistani and their violent outbursts that follow are a good reminder that such extremism is not an exclusively Pakistani monopoly.

Most importantly, and practically viable, however, is the possibility that the two Sena’s may succeed in preventing two Pakistani psychopaths making complete prats of themselves on Indian television. And all the while our celebrities can be martyrs of Indian intolerance. Pakistan really could not hope for a better break at the moment. In fact, to further support Thackeray’s cause, I think all those who love this country should also be praying that they succeed.

Thackeray said that Sena would not be cowed down and his activists would disrupt the show. I just hope he lives up to his promises.