The law of unintended consequences is playing out in Mumbai theatres showing Shah Rukh Khan’s My Name is Khan. These places have turned into fortresses with the Mumbai police guarding them. This comes after Shiv Sena’s protests against Khan’s remarks on Pakistani cricketers not being able to play in the Indian Premier League.
More than his remarks, Khan’s film may have been victim to another, tangential, episode: Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to the city.
These so-called protests have followed saturation coverage of his visit coupled with remarks that the Sena had “lost the edge”.
Today, like much else, politics too is driven by news flows. The result is that action and reaction sequences in politics are played out over much shorter time than earlier ages.
The result: cues and triggers get mixed. The Sena did speak against Khan’s remarks, as it is wont to against anything on Pakistan, but the source of its stridency may have a different reason.