For the left, disagreeing with Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton was grounds for challenging patriotism and comparing Republicans to terrorists. Patriotism is loyalty to the government, not the nation. Left-wing patriotism is loyalty to a future nation that never quite manages to rise above the horizon. For the left, ostentatious displays of contempt for American symbols is a declaration of war against a filthy past, from the Revolution to the day before yesterday, that no one should be defending.
We Need to Talk: One of them is Anubhav Sinha. With his latest cri de coeur, the maker of Mulk joins the political-filmmaker ranks of Anurag Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra, Dibakar Banerjee and Hansal Mehta to name a few whose films reflect a social consciousness while remaining not only decidedly within the Bollywood framework but also unashamedly aspiring for a larger fanbase.
So far, they have been successful in reaching out. These filmmakers, it appears, are very much in touch with ground reality. Provoked by divisive national politics, the prejudices against minorities and the questions of terrorism and justice, Sinha decided to get out of Twitter to make something more substantial and long-lasting.
One and Cash, has admitted that the decision to make Mulk was partly in response to the personal attacks he has been facing for his political views on social media. Starring Rishi KapoorTaapsee Pannu, Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Manoj Pahwa and Prateik Babbar, Mulk addresses the meaning of patriotism and religious polarisation among other political and communal issues that have haunted the national headlines in recent years.
Watching the film amid a packed audience on Sunday night, this writer discovered that the filmmaker has said plenty on a subject he is clearly passionate about. If you thought only right-wing politicians are capable of appropriating Banaras, think again.
Bollywood has also, of late, woken up to the infinite political and social possibilities of the holy city, a citadel of Hindu India but also a secular bastion that has long sheltered the minority Muslims in a tradition that reflects religious harmony at its best.
Murad Ali Mohammed is a retired advocate and a much-respected member of this minority faction in a Hindu neighbourhood. Incidentally, Santosh Anand, the public prosecutor played by Ashutosh Rana, uses the My Name is Khan reference in the court proceedings to comic effect.
He may be an Islamophobe but the bigger one happens to be the self-hating Muslim cop Danish played by Rajat Kapoor.
Murad is a modern Muslim who feels customs should move with the times. Religious practices should change with time. Can they not pray in the clean confines of their home? Can the loudspeaker go easy on the prayer call? His friends are Hindus and he seems to enjoy a peaceful community life.
How do you prove your love to someone, or something, that you already love. You express love by loving. Through that artifice, Sinha puts forth several burning questions that we have been grappling with as a nation every time religious tension escalates.
Predictably with such heavy-loaded films, Mulk gets, at some point, too taken up by the issues it wants to represent. Has the beef issue been addressed?
Do we have a Hindu religious bigot for a lawyer?
Are Muslims, with their large families, breeding ground for terrorism? Good Muslim versus Bad Muslim? Scenes like Aarti going in for divine blessings at the roadside temple as the Muslim family waits on their big day at the court is too simple-minded and predictable and does not hold up to the otherwise blunt note that Sinha manages to strike in other moments.
But then, to expect a commercial medium to do the task best suited to the State is somewhat foolish. What emerges from Mulk is that, in India at least, being a Muslim is not a curiosity.
The court, preceded over by Kumud Mishra, gently reprimands the prosecutor over his ignorance about the Muslim contribution to the nation. And at the same time, Mishra also directs Murad and the community to keep an eye on the Jihadist Islam.
Shaikh Ayaz is a writer and journalist based in Mumbai Must Watch.The real definition of Patriotism from "Patriotism means love of the institutions and customs and peoples of one’s country in general. Loyalty is 2 thoughts on “ On Patriotism, Loyalty and the U.S.
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The only part of the American film industry that can truly be said to have a left-wing slant is the indie/arthouse/film festival scene (Tribeca, Sundance, and so on), which, while it does employ Hollywood talent on numerous occasions, is by definition not part of the mainstream Hollywood system.
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At the end of the day, Jonah’s definition seems to come down to patriotism is everything good and right and nationalism is (mostly) everything intolerant and dangerous.