India: Pakistani actors banned in Maharashtra state

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The Hindu right-wing party Shiv Sena has now vowed to not allow two Pakistani actors to promote their films in Maharashtra state. This comes just a month after the same group cancelled two concerts by Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali.

Fawad Khan, who has several Bollywood films set for production, and Mahira Khan, who is making her Bollywood debut, will not be able to promote their films in the western Indian state as Shiv Sena continues to target Pakistanis.

Chitrapat Sena general secretary Akshay Bardapurkar said: “We have taken a stand to not allow any Pakistani actor, cricketer or performer to step on Maharashtra soil,” Hindustan Times reported.


Intolerance rising
This growing dangerous trend in Maharashtra is just a part of what some Indian artists and scientists are describing as a “growing intolerance” in the country, The Telegraph reported.

Top artists and scientists, led by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, have returned their awards and honours in protest, accusing prime minister Narendra Modi’s administration of promoting Hindu nationalism and stifling freedom of expression.

“Art can only have a home where there is tolerance. All good-thinking Indians will recognise the atmosphere of intolerance and intimidation that prevails in our Indian society today,” Sir Anish said. “How then can we find creativity or the possibility of expression in this atmosphere of fear? Our government encourages the hate that lies dormant in our great Indian psyche. Can our leaders not see that our tradition has always thrived on our openness and tolerance?”

Sources

» The Telegraph – 29 October 2015:
Top Indian artists and scientists return awards in protest at alleged ‘climate of intolerance’ under Narendra Modi

» The Indian Express – 20 October 2015:
Shiv Sena targets Pakistani actors Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan

» Hindustan Times – 21 October 2015:
Pak actors Fawad, Mahira Khan won’t be allowed in Maharashtra: Sena



Related information

» Freemuse.org – 16 October 2015:
India: Pakistani singer’s concerts cancelled after protests


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