The issue of famous Indians and politicians who can grace a function or inaugurate it is riling sections of the Indian society, especially its political class. In particular, the Congress Party is piqued that legendary Bollywod actor Amitabh Bachchan is taking part in a function to mark the second anniversary of the Narendra Modi government. The burden of their song is that Bachchan, whose name has appeared in the Panama Papers – there is no accusation yet - cannot be allowed to stand next to the Indian Prime Minister till the matter is settled. It is another matter that Congress President Ms. Sonia Gandhi and her son and Vice President of the same party Rahul Gandhiji who face court action in India over the National herald case, travel across the country to stand on many podiums with people.
The issue is irksome. Perception is key in politics so we did some homework and came up with a list of famous people who are perceived as totally above board. Here is our tabulated list.
The second part of your analysis focused on Mr. Bachchan. We urge him to go as planned. It is after all a function to stress the importance of educating the girl child. However, as a salute to all our lawmakers, we suggest the following. He should not eat a Chinese meal in the 48 hours that precedes the event. He should cover his head either with a chunni, a dupatta or a burqua. That way he will not attract unnecessary attention. And finally, he should not carry a cell phone. That is the beginning of the end for girls and women from North India and South India, East India and West India.
(This was a spoof, in case you didn't get it).