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The true nature of the strike at FTII

Is BJP prepared to take on the communist pressure? Is BJP prepared to take on the communist pressure?
16 Jun 15
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Gajendra Chahuan ('Yushishtir' from famous TV series 'Mahabharat') was appointed the chairperson of FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) last week. This has led to a big protest by the left leaning community and a strike at FTII. Time to examine the true nature of this strike and why the agitation might be a threat to democracy.

First of all, without getting into Mr. Chauhan’s credentials as a prospective chairman of governing council that has sent the FTII students on a strike, let’s admit it for a fact that this strike is not about FTII and all about politics.

The students agree that since FTII is a government run institute the appointment of chairman is political. But they don’t approve of Chauhan citing his lack of “vision”. This leads to a couple of interesting conclusions that will throw some light on the strike. First since the students agree that the appointment is political, it means they agree that the past chairman appointed by the Congress led governments were political too. Since nobody objected then, it either means the students don’t mind a political appointment as long as it is not Bjp, which means the students are doing a hit job for the Congress/left alliance or the students mean that even though the appointment was political Congress, a government known for imposing emergency, mass killing Sikhs, Bofors, vote for cash, 2G and Coal scams somehow, miraculously kept politics out when it came to appointing chairman of Governing Council. If you choose to believe this, you may stop reading right here. You will find nothing of interest further.

Just another communist breeder

Having established the agitation as purely Left against Bjp kind political movement let us now examine what the reaction of us the citizen ought to be. After all as a cultural institute FTII has little to show for its achievements. Like most academic institutions carefully cultivated by the first family even FTII is a hotbed for communist sympathizers with near anal retentive focus on “cause” and “message” and too little attention to the fine art of filmmaking.

But it is a govt funded institute and people like you and I go to work every day and earn money so that govt can fund young men and women to learn a craft that while undoubtedly has brought joy to millions across the world does very little in terms of improving productivity or generating employment. We are ok with that as long as our lack of time to pay attention to where our tax rupee goes is not used by political parties to promote their agenda by extra constitutional means of strikes and agitations.

Oh how they loved Congress

Think about it- while the Congress was in power, it appointed people with allegiance to them and the first family on important positions on various cultural boards, universities and bodies like FTII. Now that it has been booted out of power, (and as long as VP Forrest Gump is in charge you know their chances of making a comeback are the same as my chance of becoming Mr. Universe) Congress and its leftist cronies are playing the schoolyard bullies and through its stooges in colleges and universities masquerading as student leaders they are not allowing people with right leanings to enter. Mind you, this is not about right versus left philosophy. It is about intolerance. Intolerance of one side to even allow the other side to enter the ring. If people with right leanings are not allowed inside college campuses we will forever keep producing filmmakers and writers who tell why the urge of protecting our loved ones from Mao Insurgents is Fascist and why sometimes it is ok for the separatists to murder our loved ones. This flies in the face of fairness. And most of all this is not how democracy works. The political appointments in the country ought to reflect the mood of the nation; if the nation has voted Bjp by all means they are entitled to their choice of people. If you didn’t complain about it during Congress regime, your complaint now smacks of politics.

And make no mistake it does smack of elitism too folks. Essentially the agitators are saying “we know the kind of philosophy we want here; we know that philosophy is routinely rejected all over the country. But hey we are filmmakers, we are not common people, we are not Bhakts (or Karykartas as one leader so charmingly put it). So don’t bring your right wing thoughts inside our campus. We are holier than thou”. Looking at these students it is easy to understand how the film fraternity was so united behind Salman Khan during his legal troubles and why the death of the poor people meant so little to them. Unfortunately for them the art that is supposed to set them free and make them soar higher has made them completely devoid of sympathy. This line of thinking coming from people yet to make any significant contribution to the world of arts is bad enough, when it comes from people dependent on my tax rupees to stay afloat, it is downright infuriating.

The 'doers' vs the 'activists'

Without making a very broad generalizations , does it occur to you how many times people on the right side of Indian politics are often salesmen, engineers, doctors and accountants and people on the left side of Indian politics are writers, journalists and film and tv personalities? I like to call them the doers and the activists respectively. It is no surprise since the cause of right is undoubtedly more popular one, the left has traditionally learnt to counter it by having full time crusaders on its side. And they have bought their loyalties with appointments to plum posts and foreign study stints, paid by the taxes collected from salesmen , engineers and doctors.  And now when the doers want their rightful place the activists are using the muscle they have built for years by doing nothing productive to keep them out. This is our version of taxation without representation.


People like us ought to question this bullying. We ought to ask why the students are so afraid of Chauhan and what exactly is the damage he is likely to cause that they have brought the institution at a standstill. Then we ought to ask this creative bunch of future isn’t open mindedness and tolerance to a view point opposite to their own is the first prerequisite for  free thinkers? It is bad enough then the government plays bully and stifles expression from one side, the society that hands over these duties to its civilians is the society that one day will end up taking six million Jew lives.

So my message to the over entitled agitating creeps from left- go back to schools you idiots, it’s my money you are fooling around with.

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