Rizwan, Mr. Todi, and Baangaalees.Posted: November 2, 2007
The Rizwan murder eipsode is progressing, and Ashok Todi, and Snehashish Ganguly have been summoned by the CBI. While this may be as it ought to be, I am not writing about this aspect, but about an aspect which not many are even looking at, and even fewer would like to acknowledge. Actually, not one (the not many are looking at), but two (the not many would like to acknowledge).
Bachi Karkaria wrote this article … and I know many people would have read it. Which is why I am surprised … There has not been a single bandh call from West Bengal about this article.
Ms. Karkaria has raised two valid points. First, and most important point, I thought, was the sentiments of the girl. Priyanka would be torn, I would think … between father and husband. She has told anyone who would care to listen that she loves Rizwan. But, what might the future hold for her? Should she take a stand against her Father, or should she stand by the memory of her late Husband? I dont think this is a simple issue to resolve for anyone.
Another thing, would the intelligentsia of Kolkata have been so indignant if Mr. Todi was a Baangaalee “Bhodrolok”? Would they have been so vehement in denouncing Ashok Todi if he was a respectable Baangaalee, instead of being a Marwari, a set of people, which even the Baangaalees admit, they detest. Though, I think, if that was the scene, the whole incident would have taken a communal angle.
What this shos is just one thing … The issue is not the people involved in the episode, and least of all their feelings.