Indian Superstars Follow Rule of Thumb – Flatter Ruling Government?

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Bollywood stars and cricketers are the most adored people in India, and it is common they usually flatter the ruling government, or else take the side of powerful politicians. In the Rajiv Gandhi era Amitabh Bachchan was seen to be very close to the Congress party.

With the rise of United Front government in mid-’90s the friendship of Bachchan mushroomed with Mulayam Singh Yadav, leader of Samajwadi Party, which was one of those parties that formed government at the Centre.

The equation further went wrong when Mrs Bachchan was elected as member of Rajya Sabha on a Samajwadi Party ticket as about a decade ago Big B fought a Lok Sabha election on a Congress ticket. He had won the seat with good margin.

Lately the superstar has been seen getting extremely closer to Narendra Modi and his party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He compered a programme in May 2016 after completion of two years of Modi government at the Centre.

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Amitabh is not alone in the phenomenon. In 2006 Shah Rukh Khan said to the press that Congress President Sonia Gandhi was a strong lady and admirable too.

Prior to the press briefing SRK visited Sonia and Rahul Gandhi at their home with an invitation to his movies.

During the tough days of demonetization late last year cricketer Virat Kohli said, addressing the press, it is the greatest move and he is impressed.

After the collapse of UPA government in 2014 election actor Rishi Kapoor tweeted against naming of so many structures and schemes after Nehru-Gandhi. He was silent on the question until Sonia’s party was in power.

After talking about rising intolerance actor Aamir Khan sought building bridges by accepting an award from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, literally bowing.

These days Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Anupam Kher are very active to promote

Similar to the film stars and cricketers the industrialists too do not fail to publicly praise the ruling government and its projects.

Isn’t all these a good example of flattery?