The smoking Bacchan ‘bahu’: Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai at the Cannes film festival

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Aishwarya Rai is smoking!

Literally so!

The Guzaarish posters on BEST buses have drawn the ire of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

The pictures depicting a puffing Rai “send a wrong message to society and should be withdrawn immediately” says Avinash Abhyankar , president of the MNS BEST workers’ union.

If the MNS are railing against any endorsement of smoking in general , then maybe they have a point.

But if they are particularly against women smoking or waging a vendetta against the Bacchan ‘parivar’, then their protestations should not cut any ice with the general public and should be seen as yet another attempt to hog the limelight.

“Smoking is injurious to health and can cause carcinogenic diseases” should be on the agenda of every political party.

Does anybody know what has happened about the ban on smoking in public places? Are there any statistics about the sums collected in fines? Is that law just on paper? Has it ever been enforced?

Just a thought!

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white. Colour version available) Aishwarya Rai arrives at the World Premiere of 'Raavan' at the BFI Southbank on June 16, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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Who died for Maharashtra and who dies in Maharashtra?

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The Marathi middle class has responded with schizophrenic duality — reaping the benefits of globalization while being unable to adjust to the retreat of its language in the face of the growing influence/assault of English (thanks to globalization) and Hindi (thanks to waves of immigrants). The old working class neighborhoods in central Mumbai have been torn down and replaced with high rises and malls. The alienation here is palpable as jobless youth are ready to vent their anger on immigrants.It is this confused middle class and alienated working class that has been won over by Raj Thackeray’s mesmerizing oratory and nativist political programme.

Who died for Maharashtra and who dies in Maharashtra? : Have You Heard

I would be devil’s advocate again but unfortunately it is the members of these very same parties who go around collecting hafta from all the small shopkeepers,kirana shops, fishmongers and vegetable vendors! What kind of a dream can they provide the Marathi Manoos? The term to be used is exploitation!

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