15563Re: [Arkitect India] Vishwaroopam: Reinforcing Global Communal Stereotypes, Namaz, Bombs & justification for the US Empire By Feroze Mithiborwala [1 Attachment]
- Feb 5, 2013An excellent observation that is often observed in breach. The US
establishment would like everyone to believe including their citizenry
that America means US and US means America. Quite a few US citizens
would tell you quite innocently that they are Americans, completely
unmindful of the fact that their are other nations in the Western
A related mistake most of us make is in stating that US did this and US
did that; when it is the US Administration [we call it government] and
US establishment that is calling the shots; many times even against the
wishes of their citizens. Though it is cumbersome to talk of US
Administration every time, it is worth the trouble because it then helps
us to remain focused on who the real culprit is.
Many references Feroze has come up with in his article including to 9/11
are thanks to White Anglo Saxon [women and men], or even Jew
investigators, thinkers, writers, and journalists. If the super power is
to be defeated, then it would be done only in cooperation with its
citizenry. Therefore, that little trouble taken in identifying US
Administration as the real culprit, and not America but USA as the
country, is well worth every keyboard hit.
--- In email@example.com, Shruti Joshi wrote:
> Thanx, Mr. Mithiborwala, for this analytical write-up.
> Just one (irritating) detail - every time you have written America/ns
you are actually refering to USA, hence, it would be respectful to other
nations on the continents of Americas to refer to USA as USA and not
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> Vishwaroopam: Reinforcing Global Communal Stereotypes, Namaz, Bombs &
justification for the US Empire.
> By Feroze Mithiborwala
> February 4, 2013
> I was a little benumbed whilst watching this technically advanced, but
socio-politically regressive movie. Kamal Hassan has lied to all of us
when he had stated that this movie is his tribute to Indian Muslims &
will make them proud.
> This movie had me even more worried than earlier!
> The message propagated all through the course of this slick production
is basically - "One Good Muslim, All the rest - Bad Muslims".
> The hero, Taufik is an Indian Muslim who saves the world, whilst the
rest of the Muslims portrayed in the movie, are all committed to
destruction & mayhem, all in the name of their religion.
> This is the state of the world - Vishwaroopam.
> Yet, let me categorically state that I do not support any cuts, or
further censorship of the mobs, but will certainly strive to counter
this movie & all like it - intellectually & on the ideological plane,
where the true battle lies
> This movie also justifies the US wars & occupation of Afghanistan in
ways that even Hollywood would have felt ashamed of portraying. All this
for the NRI audience I would tend to venture. My first opposition to the
movie stemmed from the fact that the posters prominently posited the
infamous 'stars & stripes' in the background & I knew that trouble was
brewing. Mind you, the Indian Tri-colour is far less prominent & even
missing for the most . . . so much for NRI nationalism, or for that
matter that of the RNI's, the Resident Non-Indians, the chatterati where
these communal stereotypes hold sway.
> And coming back to the movie, I have never ever seen so many scenes of
Namaz in any single film & there is certainly a sickeningly strong
overdose of Islamic imagery & the overwhelming majority of it linked to
negativity & violence. The movie is one big screenplay of Namaz & Bombs,
Namaz & Terror, Namaz & Violence. I wonder as to how Kamal Hassan, who
is also the scriptwriter, thought that this would help the cause of
Indian Muslims, knowing full well what the community has been through
for the past two decades & more. The way the entire community has been
'terrorized by the terror' & this has led to their further demonization
> More so, the script is deeply flawed, lacks intelligence & an honest
research. One would have tended to expect a little more from Bollywood
after certain good movies dealing with this genre, such as 'Dhoka'
(Mahesh Bhatt), 'New York' (Kabeer Khan), 'Qurbaan' (Saif Ali Khan), 'My
Name is Khan' (Karan Johar & Shahrukh Khan), 'Agent Vinod' (Saif Ali
Khan) & last but not the least 'Tere Bin Laden' (Abhishek Sharma),
certainly the best political satire in a generation. It also had a far
more genuine Bin Laden look-alike than the ones that appear in the CIA
> All of the above movies were good honest efforts & there is a common
thread as well as a degree of intelligent sensitivity that has gone into
researching these scripts & directing these movies, none of which faced
any public opprobrium or ire, even though they were far more complex
than this ignominious, outrageous ill-conceived prejudiced charade
> Yet, I want no cuts here . . . . . . .
> The two lines attributed to Rahul Bose, whom many of us consider to be
our own, are the most dangerous & misleading of all the dialogues in the
> Rahul Bose, who plays Umar (alluding to Mullah Umar, the leader of the
Taliban, I would presume), is facing an assault on his village. The
Taliban have captured a few American soldiers & are on the move. The US
army, attack the village where they have been led by a trace, with the
help of Kamal Hassan, who plays Taufik, a RAW agent. Taufik has
infiltrated the ranks of the Taliban to rise to be the ipso facto No. 2.
> Wonder what the RAW itself has to comment here.
> With the US helicopter gunships blazing away as they did in Vietnam &
Iraq, as they do in Somalia, Yemen & Libya - & hope to in Syria - the
Taliban are on the run.
> Here Rahul Umar Bose makes a statement to assure his fellow Talibani's
- "Don't worry, the Americans do not kill women & children".
> All I could think of in that Shakespearian moment was - "Et Tu
> To what extent can an artist such as Rahul Bose sell himself, his very
moral intellect, is a question that he & many others need to seriously
> This dialogue would be considered ridiculous & even blasphemous by the
Americans themselves, who always refer to the deaths of civilians as
'collateral damage', but Kamal Hassan in his willful pandering has gone
even beyond the worst in Hollywood.
> Thus the movie further portrays the US soldier manning the gunship,
feeling sorry for killing innocents, whilst the Afghans are all
portrayed as dehumanized killing machines. I do not think our immediate
neighbours are going to appreciate this movie very much. But who cares,
our movies are a reflection of our skewed foreign policy as it does
appear. And the Afghans are not exactly a market yet.
> The second statement by Rahul Umar Bose is even more dangerous for
Indian Muslims & for all the secular activists who have stood by the
community as it was demonised, isolated & entrapped into the false-flag
terror attacks that we have witnessed since the post-9/11 world. This
was the phase of 'controlled chaos' & 'unending perpetual state of wars'
- to use Neoconservative terms.
> Here whilst talking to Kamal Taufik Hassan, Rahul Umar Bose smilingly
& nonchalantly mentions that "We were also involved in the terror
attacks of Malegaon, Bombay & other Indian cities". In the Tamil &
Telegu versions, Coimbatore & Madurai are mentioned.
> 'Good God!!', I exclaimed to myself, even dropping my popcorn - this
movie is basically stating that the Taliban & Al Qaeda are active in
India & thus certain sections of the Indian Muslim population are
certainly enmeshed with the global terror network. This will prove to be
catastrophic in the subconscious perceptions that tend to get ingrained
deep into our reality.
> This, Mr. Kamal Hassan, is going to be disastrous for Indian Muslims &
we can all assure you that.
> But where is the research may we ask? Have you not heard of ATS Chief
Hemant Karkare, who even served in the RAW? Are you not aware that since
2007 the role of the Abhinav Bharat & Sanatan Sanstha in terror attacks
across the country is being probed? Particularly in Malegaon, Nanded,
Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer, Goa & another 10 more as per the
statements of the Home Ministry. Actually there are more than 16
recorded cases, but we will leave that for later. All of which are
further linked to the right-wing Manuwadi Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
> Are you really unaware of these facts? Are you planning to leave the
country, or had you already left India & were living in New York & are
thus so ill-informed whilst writing the script, which lacks even an iota
of honesty & responsibility?
> And this is thus a question that we as secular activists must ask
ourselves. Many Hollywood movies with a geopolitical strategic agenda
are produced in tandem with the Pentagon, so as to further the Imperial
agenda of global hegemony & the advancement of the
> The Zionist dominated Hollywood target & portray Palestinians & Arabs
in particular & Muslims in general as terrorists & fanatics & thus these
societies need to be invaded & civilized - & their resources taken over
for good measure.
> This movie by Kamal Hassan in my estimation also certainly falls in
that category of disinformation & propaganda to serve the cause of the
Empire & to justify the wars, occupation & the genocide of the Afghan
nation, as well as the people of Pakistan. Thus not even a fleeting
reference to the drone attacks & the killings of innocents, of women &
children - thus & as to how it continues to create & foster more & more
militants & terrorists.
> Then comes the part where there is a meeting between the leadership of
the Taliban led by Rahul Umar & Al Qaeda-Osama Bin Laden. Here again I
would request all those who have been taken in by the recent supposed
assassination of OBL at the staged operation at Abbotabad, to read the
excellent & well researched book by David Ray Griffin - 'Osama Bin Laden
Dead or Alive?'
According to many honest experts, OBL has been dead since December 15,
> It is also time, actually high time, for the Indian peace movement to
address the issues of the 9/11 false-flag terror attack, which has been
central, seminal & defining moment of the 21st century, changing the
very trajectory of international politics & leading to an era of wars,
occupation & genocide. (http://www.ae911truth.org/).
> Recently more than 12,500 police stations across America received
petitions by peace activists stating that the attack on WTC 1, 2 & 7
were an inside job & demanding that the investigation be reopened. This
movement is being spearheaded by more than 1700 architects & engineers &
they have the support of many prominent intellectuals, scholars, and
human-rights activists, whistle-blowers from within the CIA-FBI, as well
as vast sections of American society & the numbers are growing.
> The reason as to why we will have to grapple with these issues is
that, I personally know of Muslim youth who have been quizzed about
their positions on 9/11, Bin Laden & Al Qaeda. The youth have been
perplexed & horrified & left wondering as to what a job application in
the engineering, IT & telecom sectors have to do with their knowledge or
lack off, on these issues. With Muslim children who have tried to step
out of their ghettoes & seek admission in a multi-cultural milieu, being
denied & told to go back where they came from. Of Muslims being denied
housing in secular neighbourhoods. All these discriminative practices
have also increased in the last decade - thanks to the dominant paradigm
> Now, let us get back to the movie.
> Soon after the carnage at Rahul Umar's village, we are transported
into America. Here Kamal Taufik Hassan is working incognito singing &
dancing to songs written by Javed Akhtar (Lyricist), as any good Muslim
should be. Then a terror network begins to unravel & here we have Rahul
Umar now planning to explode a Dirty-Bomb made of waste radioactive
material, which the good Muslim does foil, but after saying his Namaz!
Whilst in the room inside wherein lies the Dirty-Bomb, is a bad Muslim,
an African-American of Nigerian descent, busy offering Namaz before he
is to blow the city to kingdom come.
> Herein lies another serious problem with this film & that is the
tarnishing of African-American Muslims as part of the global terror
network. In most Hollywood movies, they are sensitive enough to portray
the African American as the FBI boss, under whom the White officers
serve. But here the RAW agent is working with only Whites, presumably
Anglo-Saxon agents, whilst the African-American Muslim, is in tandem
with the Taliban. Another case of out-sourcing I guess.
> Yet again, Kamal Hassan fails in his research. The terror attacks
portrayed in the film have never occurred. Also the FBI has been
entrapping Muslim youth from various ethnic backgrounds & this too is a
documented fact. Since there are no serious terror threats to America,
the FBI actually manufactures them, as there is no other way to justify
Homeland Security & it's vast gargantuan powers & budget. FBI agents,
informers, or ex-convicts working in tandem with the FBI are sent into
Muslim communities with an attempt to create terrorists. During the
course of the year, a couple of youth, mainly with a criminal background
do get entrapped due to intensive indoctrination about the crimes of the
American Empire against their people. These youth are then further
induced & provided training to carry out a terror attack. Targets are
indentified, funds, bombs & ammunition provided & the day that they do
carry out the attack, they are apprehended red-handed. The bombs turn
out to be fake & so do the guns & that is how stupid this supposed
> This information is now available in the mainstream corporate media &
should have been studied by Kamal Taufik Hassan, before trying to give
the FBI a positive image in India.
> This movie thus is basically a propaganda tool for the FBI, as well as
the US Empire. And now apart from Hollywood, they even have some of the
best known names from Bollywood to do their bidding. I wonder as to how
much of the financial backing of this movie came from sources such as
these & this question must be asked in all seriousness.
> The plot foiled, America saved, sorry, the world saved - Rahul Umar &
his Taliban cohorts decide to flee to - India for God's sake!! Thus we
end with the inevitability of Vishwaroopam II-India!
> Actually Kamal Taufik Hassan, might even consider shifting the next
locale to Qatar, where the 'Good Taliban' now have a functioning office.
Here they will all have ample security as the US has a vast network of
naval & airforce bases.
> So Rahul Umar Bose, the FBI-CIA & Kamal Taufik Hassan can actually
sort out all their problems there itself, without dragging India into
> But therein lies the threat, the clear & present danger to all of us.
You can imagine the next movie where Mullah Umar is in Mumbai, or Delhi,
maybe in Chennai (threatening Jajayalaitha for the way she dealt with
Kamal Hassan), or in Malegaon, or in Srinagar, or Hyderabad, or in the
Samjhauta Express, or in Ajmer. Thus taking the blame for all the terror
attacks, that now are alleged to be the handiwork of the right-wing
Abhinav Bharat & Sanatan Sanstha, as per the National Investigation
Agency (NIA) & certain Anti-Terror Squads (ATS).
> And then, is Osama Bin Laden & his dreaded Al-Qaeda far behind in
> The fear that it will instill amongst the ordinary masses of India &
the further fear & isolation towards which will be driven the Muslim
community is apparent to many.
> The terror of the politics of terror . . . . . . .
> Also a little sincere & not-so-secret advice to film producers,
directors, financiers & aspiring writers. In case you are sure that your
film (or a book) is going to bomb at the box-office, be sure to include
a few scenes that you may think may be offensive to the emotions of the
Muslim community. Then arrange a screening prior to the release, even
though your film has been cleared by the censor board - & rest assured
that a few Muslims will fall prey to your trap & voila - you have your
much needed controversy.
> My sincere advice to the Muslim community is the following. Islam is
to great a religion for one book or a movie to harm our faith. Let us
overcome our insecurities & notice that the tide is turning in our
favour. The protests against the film have harmed the image of the
Muslim community, even more than Vishawaroopam was planned to. We need
to learn to ignore certain barbs hurled at us & do not need to fall for
the traps laid for us every time.
> We have every right to protest & this is our constitutional &
democratic right. Our strategy should have been to evoke support & call
for a debate on the movie, whilst pointing out its flaws & distortions.
Demanding the cuts after the censor board had cleared the movie, has
harmed our image & further portrayed the community as extremist &
> The problem with Vishwaroopam, is that it has projected only a
miniscule part of the reality of the Afghan quagmire over a period of
more than three decades. But one cannot deny that today the Taliban &
their ilk, do represent a form of a vitiated, extremist & a violent form
of Islam. From the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha's, to the attacks
on schools & clinics, to the enforced imposition of a regressive
barbaric code on women, to the public flogging & stoning, to the
sectarian hatred & killings, to the destruction of Sufi Mazar's & the
genocide of the Shia's - all this is being waged in the name of Islam.
This cannot be denied by any honest God-loving/fearing Muslim.
> This form of extremism is indeed alien & against the very letter,
grain & spirit of Islam. Let us all stand up in unison & condemn this
debasement & defilement of Islam. This we really do not venture into
often enough - do we honestly?
> In the course of the last 2-3 years, the truth about the terror
attacks is being revealed & this is due to the sustained struggle of
Muslim organizations, in tandem with our secular allies, despite all the
odds, with the entire media & dominant sections of the
Government-intelligence-security apparatus ranged against us - but yet
we have overcome all these odds. Now is the time to reach out to all the
communities that make up this great & dynamic nation & expose the true
facts of the terror networks that are now being revealed.
> If India is not to go the way of Pakistan, with its assorted
Lashkar-Frankensteins, then we have to put a stop to those religious
extremist forces that threaten to destroy the unity & social fabric of
our nation. Now after the statement by the Union Home Minister, the tide
has clearly changed in our favour & thus let's not undermine our
struggle by isolating ourselves any further by taking to the streets in
the manner that we have & I was personally both angry & ashamed at the
public spectacle. There is a certain degree of double-standards,
intolerance & hypocrisy within the Muslim community as well.
> Also I would want to appeal here to all those who rightly advised the
Muslim community on the values of freedom of expression, democracy &
modernity. Kindly stand up, script & produce a movie based on the
charge-sheet filed by Hemant Karkare, in a movie that can be titled
'Bharatroopam'. I would love to see as to how many takers there would be
from Bollywood, especially all the ones shouting 'cultural terrorism'.
> In terms of soft-targets, the Muslim community is far more of a
soft-target, than many film makers & writers.
> Yet, I will not ask for a cut, even though both my mind & my heart
have suffered a few deep searing cuts.
> This is because I have immense faith in the great legacy of this
country. I have great faith in the teachings of Krativeer Jotiba Phule,
Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar & Shaheed Bhagat
Singh. I have great faith in the people of India, in our secular
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