Modi bails out Bollywood; American snafu; Policing India

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Modi bails out Bollywood

Bollywood has given blockbuster flops in recent years. Films are stale. Scripts are predictable. Faces are rusted. Mumbai films turned low on creativity and high on stealing scripts – word by word, scene by scene, and even tone by tone. But in some quarters the downfall has been attributed to assertive Hindutva and backlash against questions surrounding death of rising star Sushant Singh Rajput.

The Asian Age in an Editorial has opined that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has bailed out the Shahrukh Khan starrer Pathan and also the Bollywood by telling the party leaders at the national executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party to not go gung-ho against films and other such related stuffs. The daily has noted that there has been a sense of fear in the Bollywood recently, while giving a long list of films which bombed on the box office. The daily also mentioned the soft power that the films of Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan gives to India.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday assured Shahrukh Khan that his administration will not allow hooligans to disrupt screening of ‘Pathan’. Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra, who is a Bollywood-baiter, had unleashed a synchronized attack on ‘Pathan’ after Deepika Padukone oomphed in saffron skinwear. But the malaise is deeper, for Bollywood films are now boring and don’t pull the people to theatre. In contrast, Telugu and Tamil films are fêted globally, as seen with RRR. Southern films are high on creativity and more artistic. Mumbai needs to rewire.

American snafu

The US Justice Department has found documents from locations from the times of the Vice Presidentship of Joe Biden, current President. Similar incidents have been reported about Donald Trump, as secret files were tracked to his residences. Discovery of classified documents from several locations linked to Biden may rob political heft against similar findings from Trump.

The Hindu in an Editorial has sought to weigh the political implications of the findings of the classified documents from Biden’s places. The daily stated that Trump faced the FBI probe after he had not complied with the command of the Justice Department to return the files to the National Archive. The Chennai-based daily has opined that the event may cost Biden politically, while his approval rating is back to 40 per cent. Kevin McCarthy is also stepping up Congress probe in the classified document discovery also.

At a time when both the principal actors of the US politics are mired in taking the classified papers home, the country may be at a crossroad, and setting the stage for the new players to enter the arena.

Policing India

The Economic Times in an Editorial has sifted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call made in the all India conference of the DGs for the police modernization, using technology and issued concerning the big cities. The business daily has opined that the police need to address the growing mistrust of the people and abate the rise in the petty crimes, while cybercrimes have explode to take alarming proportions. The daily has also stated that a police force that is not sensitive to the diversity of the population is incapable of serving it.

The police forces in the states belong to the last century, as they carry the British mindsets. They are physically unfit, mentally bankrupt and morally shallow. The deep rot will not be addressed by applying cosmetics, and the political class must accept the police reforms in the larger interest of the country.

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