Saturday, June 18, 2016

Small Person in High Position

In life we meet people in positions of power. Many of them are their not because of merit. They are there, because they know right people. These people try to make up their incompetency by engaging in power games. An incompetent thesis supervisor makes irrelevant demand of student. Student is forced to comply because  supervisor has the authority of approving final thesis.

Chief of film censor board, Mr. Pahlaj Nihalani, fits the above description well. He was heard singing " Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi" on national TV. Mr. Pahlaj Nihlani is a small man, not because of his size but because of his lack of stature among his peers. The position of chariman of film certification board has apparently gone to his head. Mr. Pahlaj Nihalani often forgets his job description that his department should certify films not censor them. Most recent controversy that has engulfed Mr. Nihlani is a film Udta Punjab. Film censor board of India has asked Anurag Kashyap to move Punjab from the title of his movie Udta Punjab. This is among many other cuts that has been proposed. 

I heard an interview of producer of Udta Punjab, Mr. Anurag Kashyap to NDTV. Mr Kashyap was desperate. His money was stuck. He cannot release his film without certification from board.  Nor can he proceed to next higher level, without knowing what were the problems of board. Film certification board was not ready to give its objections in writing.  When confronted by reporters Mr. Nihlani came up with lame excuse that report was ready but producers did not collect it. Same lame excuse a academic supervisor will give when confronted. I cringe when I see people like Nihlani. People like Pahlaj Nihalani in power is symbolic of everything that is wrong with India. He is bringing bad name to Mr. Modi and his policies. Get rid of these cretins.

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