POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 02, 2011 AT 23:27 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 02, 2011 23:27 IST

In the Asian Age, Sidharth Bhatia compares the latest Indian rage Kolaveri Di

with the outrage expressed in Pakistani band Beygairat Brigade's Aalu Anday

and concludes:

...our creative people do not like to rock the boat. There is no dearth of troubling issues in the country — what is missing is vibrant engagement and critiquing.

India, too, has a history of activism and intellectual dissent and this is not to suggest that there are no novels, films or songs that ask questions of the establishment, but India today sees itself not as a country with worrying concerns but as a rapidly growing economy ready to take its place in the world.

Notwithstanding all its problems, this is a country that is largely pleased with itself to the point of being smug; that mood is not conducive to producing radical art. There is nothing wrong with being happy and satisfied, but it is the duty of the artist, the writer and the filmmaker to speak truth to power. That is not happening in today’s India. Occasionally, the online world creates some subversive memes but here, too, it remains rather tame, taking on the usual suspects like politicians, rather than spoof corporates or even do-gooders; no one wants to take on the really powerful. Which is why our Kolaveri will remain charming rather than caustic. We are not going to get an Indian version of Aloo Anday anytime soon, because that would mean not merely making fun of our holy cows, but also questioning ourselves.

Read the full piece: No Kolaveri in India

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 02, 2011 AT 23:27 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 02, 2011 23:27 IST
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17/D-135
Dec 10, 2011
08:09 PM

Amit , Mere anger is not enough to produce a work of art. If anger alone should be the criteria,some of the most wonderful works of art should have been made by genocidal and cruel dictators (like Hitler, Stalin and Mao).

In a civil and democratic society, anger is important but should be rightly channelised. In India, the so called Media is essentially a paid channel to express the views of select elite among our rulers and the perspective of those outside this elite circle get unrepresented. And many of them have valid concerns but are not articulate. Some are articulate but not artistic. I would probably belong to latter category.

Ramki
Delhi, India
16/D-36
Dec 07, 2011
10:00 AM

Indians are not singing Aloo Anday songs because they can slap their political leaders when they get really angry. Can you imagine somebody doing the same in Pakistan.

Oat Meal
Mbosa Mbosa, Uganda
15/D-9
Dec 05, 2011
02:24 AM

 Let us start year-end brainstorming session for deciding next years topic of song, dance (item number by Veena Malik is a must, I suppose) , let us also fix the tentative time line.

Lopamudra
Mumbai, India
14/D-4
Dec 05, 2011
12:59 AM

Ramki,

You have a lot of supressed anger within you, dost. Why don't you try your hand at some radical art. Rap would suit your style. ;)

Amit
Tucson, United States
13/D-117
Dec 04, 2011
11:14 PM

 Sheee.. Onion Flowers!
Manish has entries in his 'opnion basket' for Rose, Lotus, Chrysanthemum, even for Ghetu Flower (His basket Entry for Ghetuphul :: Jibanananda, poetry, thereby artistic and intellectual, so not elligible for salad).... but, nope, no entry for Onion Flowers!! What will he do now!
What say, he will start thinking now, Nah... got that wrong buddy.. he will comment on whatever thread writing whatever while looking at 'classic asset class'.

Lopamudra
Mumbai, India
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