Book on Kareena’s Political Declaration: Canadian author
Author Gurpreet Singh told IANS over the phone that he was focusing on further social media trolling of Khan by followers of a right-wing ideology.
He says Khan faces unnecessary criticism for marrying a Muslim man, adopting Khan as his surname, and naming his two sons Taimur and Jeh, which are deliberately misinterpreted as the names of Muslim conquerors.
The journalist-author believes this is all due to the political environment that has polarized Bollywood as much as the rest of society. “It has emboldened the trolls who will not let any opportunity to mark her and her Pakistani husband,” he said.
Singh pointed out that she was attacked on the microblogging site Twitter when she defended an eight-year-old Muslim girl who was raped and murdered in Kathua and remained determined not to change her eldest son Taimur’s name despite the backlash.
Singh, who is a journalist by profession and has followed developments in India closely, insists that these controversies cannot be separated from the bigger picture.
At least one editor wanted Singh to remove all political references, which he refused to do. The book was eventually published by Chetna Parkashan in Ludhiana.
Being human, the book is about the story of two sex workers, where the writer through the characters of Chameli and Rosie played by Khan in his films “Chameli” and “Talaash”, addresses the plight of sex workers, especially since confinement.
“Covid-19 has forced more poor women into prostitution, and their lives have become more difficult in the absence of social safety nets and strict regulations to ensure physical distancing. India, which is currently the second worst affected country in the world after the United States is unable to cope with the financial crisis and the health risks facing its sex workers. “Chameli” and “Rosie” speak not only for themselves, but also for others in their profession, ”Singh writes.
The book, named after the characters Khan has played in films, explains how, amid the pandemic lockdown, the actress used Instagram to support the Black Lives Matter campaign and condemn the brutal murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps below Derek Chauvin’s knee have led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the United States.
Singh, who openly admits her fascination with Khan, also criticized her in the book for remaining indifferent to many pressing issues, like the ongoing farmers’ movement in India.
“Although she claims to be passionate about the environment and organic farming, she has never spoken out for farmers. Singh says he believes in giving credit where it belongs, but will never hesitate to criticize her for what is lacking.
Although he acknowledges her outspokenness on issues such as racism and repression, he still believes that she needs to do more and be more consistent in her positions on human rights and social justice.
(Vishal Gulati can be contacted at [email protected])
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