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‘Pol-Ethics? Artistes joining mainstream politics in Assam

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GUWAHATI: The old saying, ‘all that glitters is not gold’ has no more business in the current political ecosystem of Assam, for, each and every glittering personality of the silver screen are catching the lights of the mainstream political parties.

What was peculiar was the fact that on Tuesday, the Assam BJP’s headquarter located at Hengrabari here and Manabendra Sharma Complex, Dispur literally turned into two live stages hosted separately by the ruling BJP and the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee as 29 artistes joined the Saffron while 32 artistes joined the opposition Congress together.

As the 2021 assembly election has been approaching faster, the members of the artistes’ fraternity – actor, actress, fashion designer, choreographer, sound designer, scriptwriter, singer, director and the anchors have become one of the crowd pullers for both the ruling as well as the opposition political parties.   

Some of the prominent artistes who joined the BJP were – noted mobile theatre actor Pranjit Das, flutist Dipak Sarma, singer Simanta Shekhar, cine actress Reba Phukan and choreographer Pankaj Engti. Other prominent artistes joining the Congress were – musicians Babu Baruah, Ajay Phukan, Nekibul Hussain, Chandan Kakati and Rishi Baruah.  

The mass joining events of both the parties have reminded the people of Assam of the Guwahati Filmfare held at Sarusajai Stadium in February this year in which the state could witness presence of different personalities involved with the trade in a single stage.

Notably, the BJP-led state government hosted the Guwahati Filmfare at a time when the whole state was undergoing through a boiling political situation because of the violence-mixed anti-Citizen (Amendment) Act movement. Music icon Zubeen Garg faced sharp criticism for attending the event for he was also one of the leading anti-CAA protesters.

Recently, the people of Assam also strongly criticised Jatin Bora for his return to the BJP. Earlier, Bora too joined the anti-CAA movement.

State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass termed the mass joining ceremony a ‘result’ of the BJP’s continuous implementation of the ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikash, Sabka Vishwas’.

However, the Congress termed the occasion a ‘reflection’ of the peoples’ trust returning to the country’s oldest political party.

During the anti-CAA movement, undeniably these artistes motivated thousands of Assamese to come out and join the movement the way they usually fascinated thousands to their live stage as well as aired programs.

Yet then, the worry remains, will they be in a position to maintain the equal gravity of attraction to pull the crowds for their respective political parties? Would they be artistes in true spirit anymore?

The mass joining has also blurred the distinction exists between a political full-timer and an artiste. The blurry line will turn thicker if the trend is to be followed by the remaining artistes in the coming days. The outcome of the anticipations on the mass joining will be witnessed the moment campaign begins. Since then, we are bound only to wait and see the current ‘pol-ethics’ (?)