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"Killjoy" Amitabh Bachchan – more loyal than the King
Several years ago, I had written an article "AB from Allahabad to Ahmadabad". I've to make efforts to retrieve it. However, the purport of the article as I could recall was the colours this thespian Mahanayak would change to suit his sails according to the wind.

According to Wikipedia, "Hypocrisy is the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence in a general sense, hypocrisy may involve dissimulation, pretense, or a sham. Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behaviour or activity for which one criticizes another. In moral psychology, it is the failure to follow one's own expressed moral rules and principles. American political journalist Michael Gerson says that political hypocrisy is "the conscious use of a mask to fool the public and gain political benefit".

I'm not a proponent or advocate of birthday celebrations involving cutting cakes and English songs. However, I'm not a killjoy either and I can't be judgemental about the way people want to celebrate in the private places. Condemning a way to celebrate happiness just because it's a Western way has no justification.

Is it not a reality that during the years of the British rule over India, they introduced the British legal and justice system to suit Indian ethos, organized a formidable civil service that we continued ICS in IAS form, provided modern military training and organization to a largely medieval army, re-organized the tax systems???

They introduced an export and import system largely for their own benefit but we followed that after independence. They did build one of the world's greatest water irrigation system in Punjab; created a rail and road network to facilitate transportation. They gave a language that the world at large understands. They introduced a dress that's easy to wear on the work and off the work.

Let us recall that Raja Ram Mohan Roy who was a religious man, a great humanist and a remarkable scholar and founded the Brahmo movement based on faith in God and repudiation of idol worship and various rites and ceremonies had been a great champion of Western education. In his view, only through the assimilation of Western knowledge and Western social and political values could Indians combine their great intellectual and society heritage with modern cultural achievements. How much and how many items of British legacy we are going to kick just to show our Desh Prem?

Of course, we can't forget the economic devastation they perpetuated over an otherwise prosperous nation.

Undoubtedly, the present state of economic backwardness in India is their creation.

But why we should destroy the bakers and confectioners' jobs to prove our RASHTRAVAD? Where are millions of jobs the BJP had promised in 2014? Want to add more jobless in the already exhaustive list?

Underlining the contrast between desi celebrations and the Westernised ones, Amitabh Bachchan says, "Why to blow out candles when in our culture we light a lamp on birthday?" Taking it a tad bit further he also expressed his reservation about the birthday song and instead urged everyone to sing, "Varsh nav, harsh nav!"

People on Twitter and other social media reminded Amitabh about his "hypocrisy" of cutting a cake. They questioned him why his granddaughter Aaradhya had a big birthday party.

It is the case of more loyal than the King and more papal than the Pope.

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