Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Shahrukh Kan't?

Yeah yeah, we know. Shahrukh Khan, the people's hero and actor extraordinaire detained for 2 hours in a U.S. airport. Poor thing.

You see, this incident comes over other issues in India right now, namely the ever-spreading swine flu and the hard-hitting drought. Nevermind that thousands of people are struggling for water and food. Nevermind that the self-proclaimed "great" Indian government crawled off to a snail's jog when it came to taking preventive measures against swine flu.

Big star, hopeless actor gets held back for 2 hours.



From an article on Yahoo! India:

Mon, Aug 17 08:25 PM

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambram Monday said the Americans had 'overdone it' by detaining Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for two hours at Newark airport in New Jersey, for questioning.

'Had it been for ten minutes or even twenty minutes (of detention for questioning), one can understand it. But one fails to understand how could they hold him for two long hours?' said Chidambaram, talking to reporters on the sidelines of the annual meet of the state chief ministers and the police chiefs on internal security scenario in the country here at Vigyan Bhawan.


I suppose waiting for TEN MONTHS to get my passport renewed is understandable, the ETA being 30 days. Indian Standard (Waiting) Time.


'It takes maximum of ten minutes, say twenty minutes, even if you have to frisk a person after stripping him. They have simply overdone it,' he said.


Lathi-charging innocent bystanders, setting up fake encounter-killings, keeping "accused" in prison with no definite trial in sight - that's not overdoing it.



'And to add to the complications, they allowed SRK to make a call only after two hours. Had they allowed him to make the call in first fifteen minutes, there would have been no controversy,' said the minister.

Asked if India too would treat visiting US dignitaries or their high-profile citizens in the same manner, Chidambaram said: 'We will tell them that we do it (frisking) and checking only in civilised manner.'


Civilised. Big talk, little do.


The minister, however, lamented that such an unsavoury treatment was meted out to a high-profile citizen of a country where 'we send our joint secretaries officers to the tarmac to receive them (visiting dignitaries.)'


To the tarmac.. why not? You guys are unbeatable when it comes to sucking up. After your STRUGGLE for independence, after ALL these years, one would think you would be, well, independent, and not running behind white man behind to please white man.



Reacting to the incident, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel Sunday said that the government will take up the issue with the US government at its highest level.

'We will take the issue with the United States government strongly. Such incidents involving Indians due to their religion or nationality should not happen. We will not accept it,' said Patel.


Right. So what you're saying is that you would have taken this issue up at "its highest level" if a Mr. L. Arumugam Chinnaswamy from Karangambaddi town on the Tamilnadu-Andra Pradesh border was detained in a U.S. airport.



Khan was detained for about two hours Saturday morning at the airport in New Jersey where he had arrived to attend India's Independence Day celebrations with Indian diaspora.


Off the topic, but why was an Indian citizen who is where he is today because of the masses in India (who spend a good part of their money to see him on screen) going to the U.S. to attend INDIA's Independence Day celebrations?



Khan was released after Congress MP Rajiv Shukla spoke to the authorities in the US and the Indian consulate. Khan had been detained after his name flashed on a computer and was asked several questions about the purpose of his visit.

Tourism Minister Ambika Soni too had condemned the incident.


I hope to see the following one day:


US 'overdid' it: Chidambaram

Congress MP Rajiv Shukla and Tourism Minister Ambika Soni today condemned the detention of Mr. L. Arumugam Chinnaswamy from Karangambaddi in Los Angeles International Airport. Mr. L. Arumugam Chinnaswamy was on his way to visit his half-Russian daughter, Lavulita Muruganakovsky Chinnaswamy, a Grade C student who was pursuing a double degree from both Yale and Harvard.

According to official sources, Mr. L. Arumugam Chinnaswamy's first initial, L, flashed repeatedly on a computer which was connected to the U.S. Immigration database. The computer apparently flagged the 'L' as a known terrorist suspect, sounded a faint warning beep, and promptly shut down.

Valiant attempts to resuscitate the aforementioned computer failed. Mr. L. Arumugam Chinnaswamy was then whisked away to an air-conditioned detention room. Home Minister P. Chidambram Monday said the Americans had 'overdone it' by detaining Mr. L. Arumugam Chinnaswamy in a room with only one air-conditioner and not two.

"Had it two air-conditioners or even one-and-a-half, one can understand it. But one fails to understand how could they hold him in a room with only ONE air-conditioner!" exclaimed Chidambaram, yelling to reporters on the sidelines of a an emergency meet of the state chief ministers and the police chiefs on the internal security scenario due to the fall-out between Rajinikant and Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan & various other Khans who think they can't.

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel Sunday said that the government will take up the issue with the US government at its highest level. "I feel it is my duty, as Civil Aviation minister, to protect our Indian citizens from these absolutely unnecessary security measures. I will NOT sit or stand our fellow men and women suffering at the hands of those hot-headed American BRUTAL fellows!!", he screamed at BBC reporters, before turning purple.

Recently deceased Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger separatist rebel (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, the cult-like figure who led the Tigers for decades before being shot dead by Sri Lankan forces in May, also condemed the incident.



Bollywood-Asian-American News Service

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