As per the news flashed by the media, the ruling party BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) is all set to ban the Hindi Bhajans sung by the music legend Mohd. Rafi and several others in the film industry like Naushaad, Sahir Ludhianvi, Javed Akhtar, Shakeel Badayuni and a huge number of Muslim artists. The purpose? not legibly clear. But one thing is clear enough that the proposed list for the purpose begins with a Muslim artist and it ends too like that. The major chunk of Muslim populace in India have their faith in Ganga-Jamuni culture that recognizes both Hindus and Muslims totally at par without the least of any discrimination. The dialogues of the great epic Mahabharat, a maga TV serial in the past, were written by a muslim scholar, the top list of popular most Hindi bhajans were sung by Mod. Rafi with an astounding graph of popularity amongst the masses from all castes. Who can forget Hindu na banega na Musalmaan banega, Insaan ki aulad hai insaan banega: Kab logey khabar morey Ram baree der bhayee: O duniya ke rakhwaley: The shehnayee maestro Bismillah Khan once said to me ‘bhai mazhab ki baat to main karta nahin, main to itna jaanta hoon ki main Kashi ka niwasi aur Banaras sey kuchh lena dena nahin. Like that there are numerous instances quotable in volumes. If this contemplated version of the news is really implemented, this is only unfortunate.
Gems of the talent just can’t be ignored simply because of some caste or the other.