Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Home Editor's picks 'Anti-communist' Javed Akhtar campaigns for proud communist and CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar

‘Anti-communist’ Javed Akhtar campaigns for proud communist and CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar

Also Read

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Noted lyricist and famed propagandist Javed Akhtar recently campaigned for self-avowed Communist and candidate for the CPI from Begusarai, Kanhaiya Kumar. During an election meeting at the constituency, Akhtar also took a dig at Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his communal speech.

Akhtar claimed that Kanhaiya was facing charges of sedition for standing up for truth. He remarked that if voters weren’t planning on voting for Kanhaiya, then they should say Assalum Aleikum (the Islamic form of greeting) to Giriraj Singh, the BJP candidate, and vote for him as that way, the BJP candidate will be grateful to them at least.

Akhtar campaigning for a Communist is a bit confusing as in the past, he has vociferously opposed the ideology. In the past, Akhtar has made comments along the lines of, “If Communism is your faith, then you are as bad as a religious person.” Considering the particularly harsh remarks he has made against Communists, his support for Kanhaiya appears even more incredulous.

- article continues after ad - - article resumes -

For Kanhaiya, Communism certainly is his faith. According to the professional JNU protester, Communism is the “highest form of humanism”. In the two minute interviews linked below, Kanhaiya speaks of the ideology in very religious terms. He speaks a lot without really saying anything. In the end, he comes across as a phoney messiah who is selling his own favoured brand of God’s will.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuuH3GJIvPk]

Therefore, if Javed Akhtar was even remotely principled, he would have refrained from campaigning for Kanhaiya. While his earlier comments about communists and religious people being equally bad by virtue of their beliefs were too extreme and reek of the usual arrogance and intellectual bankruptcy of liberals, his campaigning for Kanhaiya only reveals the thorough lack of integrity and the utterly hypocritical standards of the celebrity class.

Javed Akhtar’s hypocrisy is quite well known. For all his secularism, Akhtar has maintained a tactical silence over the intolerance of Islamic radicals. On another occasion, while he had defended M.F. Hussain’s offensive portrayals of Hindu Gods as mere different expressions of existing traditions, he had condemned Salman Rushdie for allegedly writing derogatory content regarding Islam. Despite his apparent love for secularism, his attacks on religion always revolve around Hinduism. And now, it appears, despite his critique of Communism, perhaps he has never been averse towards the ideology after all.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Trending now

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

25 lakh migrant workers returned to state so far amidst Coronavirus pandemic: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

The Yogi Adityanath govt has been working relentlessly to provide employment and various other facilities to the migrant workers who have returned to the state amidst the nationwide lockdown

UP: Police books over two dozen people for gathering in large groups to offer Eid namaz in a Muzaffarnagar Mosque

Defying administration's repeated appeals, a raft of Muslims congregated at the mosque in Kajian colony in Muzaffarnagar to offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

Styrene gas tragedy: LG Polymers was warned over toxic styrene levels, green ministry red flags delay by Andhra govt: Report

A major chemical leak from the LG Polymers plant near Visakhapatnam impacted villages in a five-km radius

Coronavirus outbreak: Congress demands a fresh Union Budget, claims the pandemic demands increased spending by the centre

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram in his column has argued that the present scenario has rendered the Union Budget declared in February irrelevant

England: Pakistani arrested for vandalising Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, note on Kashmir posted in the Gurdwara recovered

In the attack which took place on May 25 morning at Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara in Derby, England, the unidentified man had broken the Gurudwara's windows

China to evacuate its citizens from India amidst pandemic and rising border tensions: Here are the details of the press release

A notice has been published on the Chinese embassy website which states that students, tourists and businessmen who have been stranded in India will be allowed to fly back to China on special flights

Recently Popular

Mumbai Police issues prohibitory order, to take action against messages on social media: Here is how it curbs criticism against Uddhav Govt

For MLA Aaditya Thackeray too, the most worrying aspect of the pandemic in Maharashtra is the ‘hate on social media'

Paatal Lok morphed image of Yogi, other leaders to show corrupt character in the story: BJP MLA files complaint against Anushka Sharma

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma is yet to respond to the allegations meted out against her web series Paatal Lok

Delhi: Tanker operators say AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal collected bribes up to Rs 60 lakhs a month

The accusations of graft against AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal came to light after a water tanker owner, Dr Rajendra Singh, committed suicide alleging harassment for payment from the AAP MLA and his aide Kapil Nagar

Fact-check: Did South African Church pastor make congregants drink Dettol to ‘cure coronavirus’

Prophet Rufus Phala of AK Spiritual Christian Church has a history of making his followers drink disinfectants such as Dettol

Here is the truth about the fake TIME magazine cover page shared by Ravish Kumar and subsequently deleted

His legendary capacity to peddle fake news was once again exposed when Ravish Kumar shared a fake TIME magazine cover in a bid to malign PM Modi.

Connect with us