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Is Salman the right choice for promoting MP?

Tuesday - March 12, 2019 10:13 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

Are we so short of great men that we need to rope in a controversial figure like Salman Khan to be the face of the state? 

WTN- Salman Khan may have strong MP connection and he has no doubt a huge fan following, yet he is a polarising figure with quite a few allegations and cases against him over the years. Does such a person deserve to be considered for being the brand ambassador of the state? Are we so short of great men that we need to rope in a controversial figure like Salman Khan to be the face of the state?

He had a tumultuous love affair with Aishwarya Rai that ended up on a troublesome note, we all know that. His maverick nature and stories of misadventures with the law are also well known. He was involved in the illegal killing of the endangered black bucks. He was then involved in reckless and drunken driving that led to the death of pavement dwellers. For these reasons there has grown a very strong anti-Salman sentiment in a large section of the public, who see him as a villain of several real-life crimes.

Was there a need to invite such a person to represent the state? There are also speculations that Salman may be given a ticket for contesting the upcoming polls. Well, that is something which is not under the purview of much public speculation because it is a party matter and the public has the opportunity and right to discard him if they don’t like him. But selecting a brand ambassador is a government decision which the public cannot help and despite serving as the representative of the state, he may not actually be reflecting the opinion and affiliation of the people.

The government should take the opinion of the veterans of society and other stakeholders before finalising the decision. A brand ambassador is ideally supposed to be carrying a clean record behind him and he should be a man of reputable credentials.

A hero easily draws people and in India the adulation of the hero is an obsessive pastime, but reel life is not real life and in life’s serious businesses, a person’s personal background too matters, and his professional competence can be made a secondary requisition. Just because a person is popular doesn’t mean he is great or has to be worshipped or given a high pedestal of a vantage point from where the world can see him. We are replete with great men and women who are known faces too and their contributions to society have been much more valuable. We need to promote such people.

Even if we go for Bollywood or sports personalities, we must choose wisely so that opinions are not divided and people can’t point fingers. Salman Khan represents extremities of flamboyance and highhandedness and how far he will carry out his duties for the promotion of MP with justice and sincerity is disputable in the long run. But the fact is Salman also carries a star aura like no one else in the cotemporary setting.

This is perhaps the reason the government is mulling to have him on board, especially given the fact that he has Indore roots. Whether or not it serves any tangible purpose is a different thing, but the name of Salman generates interest and sparks speculations, which is enough to keep the grapevines buzzing for some time.-Window To News