“If by banning actors, terrorism can be stopped then they should do it.”
As much as I love Varun Dhawan’s body of work (I wasn’t even going for a pun, it just came out like that), I firmly believe that the young star needs to take several seats.
Banning Pakistani artists, most of whom are peace-loving liberals who have never committed any acts of terrorism, from entering India is a bigoted, draconian solution akin to Trump’s total ban on Muslims entering American soil.
The call on ousting Pakistani artists comes from the Maharashtra right-wing party, Navnirman Sena, who see this action as a rational response to the recent tragic killing of 18 Indian army jawans.
As heartbreaking as that incident was, boycotting Pakistani artists like Fawad Khan or Rateh Fateh Ali Khan, both of whom Indians have taken as their own, is most definitely not a solution to end terrorism in India.
Luckily, Varun’s sugar daddy, Karan Johar, does not at all condone his protege’s statement saying, “this is not a solution. I don’t believe it is. The larger forces have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art”
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