Sal­man Khan’s mu­si­cal show in Nepal op­posed by Maoist fac­tion

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - World - Anil Giri let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

KATHMANDU: A Maoist party in Nepal has de­manded the can­cel­la­tion of a mu­si­cal show fea­tur­ing Bol­ly­wood su­per­star Sal­man Khan to be held in Kathmandu on March 10, say­ing it amounts to “In­dian cul­tural in­ter­ven­tion”.

The cul­tural wing of the CPNMaoist, a splin­ter fac­tion of CPNMaoist Cen­ter, ex­pressed se­ri­ous reser­va­tions over the show that will fea­ture other Bol­ly­wood ac­tors such as Son­akshi Sinha and Prab­hudeva and called on all na­tion­al­ist forces to unite to op­pose the event.

The party, in a state­ment is­sued on Tues­day, de­scribed “Da-Bangg - The Tour” as an “ex­pan­sion of In­dian cul­tural in­ter­ven­tion” on Nepali soil. It urged all na­tion­al­ist and pa­tri­otic forces to stop “Western and In­dian cul­tural in­ter­ven­tions”.

“The func­tion has the hid­den ob­jec­tive to mea­sure the sen­si­tiv­ity of the Nepalese peo­ple about their na­tion­al­ity. So we urge it to be can­celled im­me­di­ately. We know he (Sal­man) is pop­u­lar but any kind of cul­tural at­tack is not ac­cept­able,” the state­ment said.

The CPN- Maoist also at­tacked the spon­sors of the show, most of them liquor brands.

“In a way, the pro­gramme is also pro­mot­ing liquor which is not ac­cept­able to us. We are against all kinds of glob­al­i­sa­tion bids,” the state­ment said.

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