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Celebrities don’t speak up as they fear reprisals from govt: Gul Panag

Vinayak Padmadeo
Press Reporter News Service
Ghazipur, February 22

Actor Gul Panag is a part of a tiny minority of Bollywood personalities who’ve spoken about social points, together with the continuing farmers’ protest, when many from her fraternity have been silent.

The previous Miss India says she “sympathises” with celebrities who select to remain silent due to concern of reprisals both from the Authorities or organised lobbies which have focused celebrities previously.

“I’ve sympathy (for them) and it’s a private selection to face in assist of one thing or keep silent as it’s fully a person resolution,” Gul advised The Press Reporter on Sunday.

“Historically, celebrities in India have by no means taken robust positions. Within the UK within the US we’ve got seen lots of celebrities taking a really public place in opposition to what the federal government of the time was doing… be it the ‘Black Lives Matter, be it ‘Taking the Knee’. They took very symbolic positions. Right here (why they don’t do it in India) is due to the concern of the establishments being weakened after which they not having the recourse to justice or simply concern of being harassed,” Gul defined.

Celebrities, together with cricketing nice Sachin Tendulkar, present Indian cricket crew captain Virat Kohli and a few from the movie fraternity together with Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar joined the ‘India in opposition to propaganda’ drive after pop icon Rihanna and local weather activist Greta Thunberg supported the farmers’ protest. The Indian celebrities copped lots of flak for voicing their pro-government stance.

Gul, nevertheless, factors to the truth that the one cause why a few of the well-known personalities who used to mock the earlier authorities for gas value rise are mum on the identical points at this time as a result of they concern reprisals.

“It is a authorities that guidelines by concern. The earlier authorities could possibly be mocked as they weren’t afraid. However clearly, this authorities is hypersensitive to mockery they usually rule by concern. In order that they have instilled concern and successfully taken away your means to talk on issues that you just wish to converse,” she stated on behalf of her fraternity.

“The way wherein organise lobbies come after celebrities who’ve spoken out previously is proof why they shouldn’t converse out. They’ve come after individuals like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and even Salman Khan. And the opposite very essential facet is that one thing I learnt from my father (Lt Gen HS Panag). My father rose to at least one the very best place potential within the Indian Military. And he’s a really outspoken individual as he has all the time referred to as spade a spade. And but he was in a position to rise to the highest how? As a result of he didn’t have skeletons within the closet. Level is you can’t afford to have skeletons in your closet after which tackle the powers that be,” she defined.

Whereas she could have sympathies with those who’re selecting to remain silent, Gul desires them to open up because it solely emboldens perpetrators.

“Your silence could promote a tradition and one thing that does have an effect on you’ll be trampled upon sooner or later. The very act of not talking up permits those that transgress. It permits the perpetrators of injustice,” she stated.

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