Do you remember the time the BJP came out to firmly support Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan when he was appointed Gujarat Brand Ambassador? “The real problem is not that Amitabh becomes the brand ambassador of Gujarat,” party spokesman Prakash Javdekar said at the time, according to the report. Hindustan Times. “If this had been so, why would his son Abhishek be targeted? It is the worst kind of personal vendetta policy. The first congressional family dislikes Amitabh… It was this congressional mentality – that the one I dislike will be ostracized and even imprisoned – that had ushered in the emergency. It is an attack on art and culture, and also on the very idea of Indian union.
It seems times have changed. A Maharashtra BJP MP approached police on Tuesday, demanding action against Bachchan and the creators of the popular TV show, Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 for allegedly hurting Hindu feelings.
“There has been an attempt to insult Hindus and create discord between Hindus and Buddhists who live in harmony,” tweeted Abhimanyu Pawar, Ausa BJP lawmaker in Latur district.
Pawar was referring to a KBC episode featuring social activist Bezwada Wilson and actor Anup Soni in the hot seat opposite Bachchan. They were asked the following question: “On December 25, 1927, Dr. B R Ambedkar and his disciples burned copies of which scripture?” The options were: (A) Vishnu Purana (B) Bhagavad Gita, (C) Rigved and (D) Manusmriti. “
“In 1927, Ambedkar condemned the ancient Hindu text Manusmriti for ideologically justifying caste discrimination and untouchability and burned its copies,” added Amitabh Bachchan, which angered the BJP minister endlessly Pawar.
“The four options concerned the Hindu religion. It is clear that the motive for this question was to hurt the feelings of Hindus, ”Pawar said in his police complaint, according to HT.
“This question spreads the message that Hindu religious scriptures are meant to burn and unleashes enmity between Hindus and followers of Buddhism,” he added. On Twitter, many echoed Pawar’s sentiments, with some accusing the show of carrying out “leftist propaganda.” Vivek Agnihotri, filmmaker happy for the tweets, also shared a clip from the show on the microblogging site and claimed that KBC had been “hijacked by Commies”.
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