Several Indian human rights activists in an open letter have accused Bollywood top actress and 1994 Miss World, Aishwarya (Ash) Rai Bachchan, 42, of promoting child labor in India.
The accusation surfaced as result of Ash posing for Kalyan Jewellers’ advertisement which shows a dark skinned child holding an umbrella over her head.
On the day, the controversial ad appeared in the papers, Aishwarya Rai and her father-in-law, Bollywood veteran actor, Amitabh Bachchan were in Chennai to inaugurate a new showroom for Kalyan Jewellers.
Rai along with Sonam Kapoor will represent O’Real at the Cannes Film Festival, May 13-24, 2015.
Rai had a stormy love affair with Bollywood’s evergreen hero, Salman Khan, 50, which sadly ended in disaster with Rai making allegations of physical abuse and stalking. Her parents, who were against their daughter dating a Muslim, slapped a police case on Khan. Later, Rai ended-up marry fellow Hindu actor Abhishek Buchchan.
Child labor is permitted in India as long as their work is in non-hazardous environments. India’s child labor-force is estimated to be around 50 million. These children (5-14 year old) work in mines, gem stone polishing, brassware, agriculture, plantation, carpet industry, fireworks industry, etc.
The Hindu dogma of Karma is the driving force behind Brahmin social and class discrimination against the low-caste Hindus (Dalits) and other India’s minority groups. Karma dogma is that what one is today because of his/her bad karmas (deeds) in the previous life hence to undo that one must stick to his/her duties. Brahmins, like Jews, too believe that they’re God’s Chosen People and the rest of the humanity is created to serve them.
The Indian minorities, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, and Buddhist have been on the receiving end of the Hindu-majority’s religious chauvinism – the communal violence. The ruling BJP is rooted in the religious fascism of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Martha Nussbaum in her book The Clash Within, wrote: No commission of inquiry into the horrible communal violence of Gujrat in 2002 has yet been able to satisfactorily determine the proximate cause of the fire which engulfed a carriage of the Sabarmati Express at the Godhra railway station, killing 58 Hindu men, women and children. On the other hand, it’s widely held in India today that the ensuing retaliatory riots, in which Hindu mob targeted and killed more than 2,000 innocent Muslims over a number of days, had the tacit compliance of the state police and administration. The Gujrat violence has been, without question, one the largest blots on modern Indian history – in no small part because of the state’s inability, even seven year later, to prosecute and punish those who murdered its citizens. She also added that Indian Muslims have no ties to international Islamic radicalism, but struggle over Kashmir (a disputed Muslim-majority terrirory) is an obvious exception.
Rebecca Knuth in her book Burning Books and leveling libraries, wrote: In India, religious violence is so much a part of life that the Hindus have a special word for it: dharmikalrai (religious fight). Riots and protests have become commonplace there as Hindus and Muslims engage in conflicts over history (Muslims ruled India for over 1,000 years) and entitlements. The number of Muslim casualties has been disproportionately high, particularly in the 1980s. In organized massacres, hundreds, even thousands, of Muslims including women, babies and even old and handicapped, were killed and maimed; railroad passengers were pulled from their trains and lynched; the people were burned alive. The riots persist because they have become customary activity. The police do not interfere and sometimes participate out of sympathy with the Hindu cause.