Amir Khan seen advising people not to burst crackers on the streets in the ad, proved enough for BJP MP to target Muslims
BENGALURU – The tyre major Ceat Ltd’s ad featuring Bollywood actor Amir Khan has irked BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde and he has expressed his objection in a letter which he wrote to the company’s MD and CEO Anant Vardhan Goenka.
In the ad released on the occasion of Diwali festival, a major Indian festival, Amir Khan is seen advising people not to burst crackers on the streets which prompted BJP MP to write to the company’s MD Goenka to also address the “problem blocking roads in the name of Namaz and noise emitted from mosques during Azan.”
According to PTI, in the letter Anantkumar Hegde, MP from Uttara Kannada, wrote to the company’s MD and CEO Anant Vardhan Goenka, he requested him to take cognisance of the recent advertisement creating an “unrest among the Hindus”, and expressed hope in future the organisation will respect the “Hindu sentiment”.
“Your company’s recent advertisement in which Amir Khan advising people not to fire crackers on the streets is giving a very good message. Your concern to public issues needs applause. In this regard, I request you to address one more problem faced by people on roads, i.e., blocking roads in the name of Namaz on Fridays and other important festive days by Muslims,” Hegde wrote in the letter.
It is a very common scene in many Indian cities where Muslims block busy roads and perform Namaz, and at that time, vehicles like ambulances and firefighter vehicles are also struck in traffic causing “grave losses”, BJP MP wrote in the letter dated Ocober 14, according to the report.
Also, requesting Goenka to highlight the issue of noise pollution in the company’s ads, Hegde said, every day, “loud noise is emitted from mikes arranged on the top of mosques in our country when Azan is given”.
“That sound is beyond the permissible limits. On Fridays, it is prolonged for some more time. It is causing great inconvenience to people suffering from different ailments and taking rest, people working in different establishments and teachers teaching in classrooms. Actually, this list of sufferers is very long and only a few are mentioned here,” he said.
“As you are very keen and sensitive towards the problems faced by the general public and you also belong to the Hindu community, I am sure you can feel the discrimination done to the Hindus since centuries,” he further said in the letter, adding, nowadays, a group of “Anti-Hindu actors” always hurt the Hindu sentiments whereas, they never try to expose the wrong doings of their community.
“Therefore, I kindly request you to take cognisance of this particular incident where your company’s advertisement has created an unrest among the Hindus,” Hegde said, as he expressed hope that in the future Goenka’s organisation will respect the Hindu sentiment and will not hurt it directly or indirectly by any means.
(With inputs from PTI)