Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Why Are We Paranoid About The Colour Of An Actress' Bikini?

By Sumit Paul, New Age Islam 21 December 2022 The song ' Besharm Rang ' of Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone's film 'Pathaan' is again embroiled in a maelstrom of controversies. 'Pathaan' first song 'Besharam Rang', director hypes up release ---- Now one useless free-loader and lotus eater RTI activist Danish Khan has lodged a complaint with NHRC that even Muslims have objection to Deepika's saffron-coloured bikini because this colour is Chishti colour (Mere Ghareeb Nawaz!). Imagine, the colour of an actress' bikini is now a bone of contention for two increasingly belligerent and bovine communities in India. This colour politics has assumed religious hues in today's India. Which colour of panties, bra or lingerie a woman or an actress should wear and flaunt in public is her lookout. Why should that bother religionists? I remember, many years ago, now defunct 'Debonair' carried a brief piece. A Bombay-based (sorry, no Mumbai) Muslim hosiery retailer dealing and dabbling in lingerie, told the writer that he'd never show green panties and bra to his Muslim customers and earmarked that colour only for Hindu females. The reason was obvious. Green is sacred to Muslims. Nearly a quarter of a century ago, when this article appeared, India of yore was still to become saffronised. Now time has come when a lingerie seller will have to think twice, thrice before showing a particular colour to his customers lest it should hurt their colour-oriented religious sensibilities. We seem to be hurtling back to regressive times. Both Hindus and Muslims have become too bellicose and thin-skinned regarding their religion/s. Leo Tolstoy aptly said, “If you want to destroy a country with the help of only an idea, introduce religion, potentially the most dangerous idea and see the nation crumble in no time." So very true. ---- A regular columnist for New Age Islam, Sumit Paul is a researcher in comparative religions, with special reference to Islam. He has contributed articles to the world's premier publications in several languages including Persian. URL: New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

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