March 2001 California, actor Billie crystal sneaked out from behind the huge Oscar statues. The audience in the big hall was giggling at his gestures. He remarked ‘Thank God these statues are not in Afghanistan. The audience broke in to laughter. His politically charged remark was an indication to the demolishment of the Idols that was carried out by the Talibans at that time. The so called civilized countries of the world went on criticizing the wrong doing of the Afghan Govt. of that time. But the Talibans rejected all the criticisms by saying that it is their internal affair and there are hardly any Buddhists left in the country so we are doing no harm to any Afghani. On this particular comment the so called civilized countries added that any action that will harm the religious beliefs of the people living in this world is unacceptable in a civilized society. June 2007 Salman Rushdie was given the honor of Knight Hood by the Queen of England despite the amount of hate the whole Muslim community hold for the man and the current fragile situation of peace in the world.
Born in Mumbai, India Rushdie became the most loathed person among the Muslims through out the world. For those who believed that Bush took away the reputation of a villain in the Muslim world after nine eleven were proven wrong when the ‘Queen’ decided to honor the writer for his years of so called endeavor in literature. Now the question arises what need was felt by the queen or her advisers to honor the infamous writer. What is the criterion to honor a British citizen with knight hood? Does she ponder the level of popularity in the masses for instance Sir Sean Corner and Sir Roger Moore (are legendary British actors and both of them played bond at their times). Some people say that the old lady has nothing useful to do at this age so she ‘honor’ people with knighthood.(as someone like cricketer ‘Sir’ Alec Stewart was also awarded knighthood after retirement and now its David sexy pants Beckham who will soon be Sir David for his achievements in the football world)
So the question arises that he must be really good at what he does or he must not have been given the honor. Eh? Personally I don’t really think so, as Alec Stewart was not a big hot shot cricketer. We have dozens of Alec Stewarts that come and go. But I am sure they must have found some thing in Rush die’s work that they have awarded him this great honor. Another point of view is that people like me should mind their own business as this subject is an internal matter. Ok!! Fair enough. If Hollywood awards Pamela Anderson for being the best porn star of the century I have nothing to object because it has nothing to do with me and most importantly my beliefs. If you are going to award Ahud Olmert the noble price I may find the decision totally absurd but won’t say a word because it is not affecting my religious beliefs. But if you are going to award some one like Rushdie who has dishonored my Prophet (SAW) and violated the basic principle of respect for religious beliefs I will not allow it. No sir.
[to be continued………]