I don’t want to detract from the intensely sad news emerging out of Sri Lanka however I came across this ad on instagram and I found it rather amusing. Anyone who has read my views over the years, will know my thoughts on this so there is no need to repeat them.
Virat Kohli is known to have an “arrogant” streak (I can’t confirm either way) but him doing this ad demonstrates the same judgement SRK had when doing Zero, When Harry met Sejal or RAone.
Perhaps I’m being overly critical but a little tact and a lot of taste will go a very long way in building an International Reputation for both himself and Brownitude (if such a thing exists) abroad..
As an aside King Khan speaks on India’s diversity:
"1600 languages and dialects in our country. At every 10 kms dialect changes. 100s of religions co exist. Being diverse is a good thing. Being divisive is not. Like Art has no religion, a country has no religion":@iamsrk #IdeaOfIndia pic.twitter.com/snrBw4ZbkM
— Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) April 22, 2019
I was a bit curious by the 100s of religions bit. MJ was telling us the night of our Jallianwala Bagh podcast that pre the 1880/90 census that Hinduism was cohered from several different schools of thoughts.
The complexity that is Hinduism is of course difficult to define as is Hindu and Hindi. The ancient Persians dubbed the land Hindustan, which then got applied to the indigenous religion and language. But Hindu means many things to many people and so does Hindi. I do notice that there is deliberate misappropriation of the label when Hinditvas conflate “Hindi language family” to Shuddh Hindi.
During 1890s in East #Africa, #Hindustani (Urdu) became a dominant language among East Africans and south Asian migrants, where many Somalis spoke the language with ease, to the extent that Sultan Sayyid Bin Sultan of Zanzibar (Tanzania) spoke fluent #Urdu. pic.twitter.com/xBN539wM0i
— Abhishek Avtans अभिषेक अवतंस ? (@avtansa) April 23, 2019
I’ll be doing a linguistics podcast on Friday with the gentleman below but this was a painful status. The takedown and attack of the Urdu language is probably one of the most heinous sins of the 19th century; probably was a Coloniser attempt to divide India after the Mutiny. It was a spectacularly successful policy and it’s interesting to note the one “Hindi newspaper” pre-Mutiny survived for only a year.