Actress and former Miss World from Bharat, Priyanka Chopra, who became the first ‘South Asian’ actress playing the lead role in an American TV drama series, has become a target of criticism for an episode of her show ‘Quantico’ which shows Hindu Indian nationalists trying to nuke America to frame Pakistan (we are not kidding, watch this).
Chopra plays the lead role of an FBI agent in the series, and this episode showed an MIT professor planning to target a Bharat-Pakistan summit on Kashmir in Manhattan with a nuclear bomb. When caught, he was described as an ‘Indian nationalist’ by Ms. Chopra’s character, and more specifically he was shown as a Hindu as he was carrying a Rudraksha mala (a ‘Hindu rosary’ is how Chopra describes it on the show). The plot then showed that this whole conspiracy was by ‘Indian nationalists’ to frame Pakistan for the planned terror attack.
This has led to an uproar among the twitterati, and rightly so. What Quantico has portrayed is something even Pakistan’s notorious ISI has not dreamt up thus far – showing Indian non-state actors as nuclear terrorists who can even go to the extent of nuking America in order to malign Pakistan. Of course, as per Qauntico writers, the ‘evil Hindu nationalists’ are the stumbling block in the peace process over Kashmir between Bharat and Pakistan…another travesty for anyone with basic knowledge of the Kashmir conflict, especially the deep Islamist radicalization of Kashmir since 1989.
In its bid to mint TRPs, the American TV show seems to have forgotten what every Western intelligence agency today accepts as fact – that Pakistan exports terror to Bharat and also to the rest of the world. Many of the major attacks faced by the West since 9/11 have a strong Pakistani link.The architect of the 9/11 attack, Osama Bin Laden, was found in Pakistan ‘hiding’ in clear view of the Pakistani military!
Using Rudraksha to identify the man specifically as ‘Hindu’ is even more appalling. While on the one hand, liberals around the world say that ‘Terrorism has no religion’, herein they have taken pains to specifically label the terrorist as a Hindu who is also an ‘Indian Nationalist’.
Priyanka Chopra has shifted base to Hollywood in the last few years and is increasingly associating with celebrated global human rights causes. Recently, she visited a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh – which is fine in itself. But Chopra did not utter any words of empathy for the 100 Myanmarese Hindus who were murdered in cold blood by Rohingya terrorists. Neither have Priyanka or other Bollywood celebrities bothered to visit the persecuted Hindu refugees from Pakistan or Bangladesh who live in refugee camps in Delhi and other cities of Bharat.
Ms. Chopra is an actor, and is probably contract-bound to perform whatever the script demands. One can argue, with reason, that she could have put her foot down and refused to peddle such misleading portrayal of her countrymen. But lets not forget the other members of the Quantico team who are equally responsible for this character assassination of ‘Indian nationalists’ – writers, director etc. Sharbari Ahmed, the Bangladeshi-American writer of the first season of the show has criticized the reaction of Bharatiya tweeters, while ABC Studio has issued an apology.
It is to be noted that the series is about to end as in May, ABC channel canceled “Quantico” because of its low ratings.
Following are some of the reactions from twitterati:
— बिडालः 🐱 (@Ayravata) June 7, 2018
Just saw that Quantico Clip with an ugly anti India Narrative…
Just have one thing to say to this american behenji @priyankachopra …"find chullu bhar paani and doob mar"
u have lost all rights to be called an Indian..
Will nvr see ur movies or buy products u endorse
— Ritu Rathaur (सत्यसाधक) (@RituRathaur) June 6, 2018
First, the Nazis stole the swastika, revered for thousands of years by an entire people A similar vile theft is @QuanticoTV and @priyankachopra's use of the rudraksha in that asinine show #Quantico This is WHY WE ARE HAVING AN URGENT GLOBAL conversation on #culturalappropriation
— HindolSengupta (@HindolSengupta) June 7, 2018
They try to wade into the India-Pakistan issue and come up miserably short.. the storyline is not just implausible, the narrative is faulty feels like them trying to create a false equivalence where none exists.. all this on a show with an Indian actress @priyankachopra .. sad
— Aadit Kapadia (@ask0704) June 3, 2018
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