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All that glitters has a high refractive index

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It’s modern age, and one fine morning. (Sounds like cliche – dont mind, shah rukheven well known authors use the phrase.) I lay on my back pondering over the recent Mr. Detained Khan case. The fan whirls away slowly. The pale yellow coloured walls stare back at me. Mr. Khan, not so unknown character, was supposedly detained, at a foreign airport. So, what the hell!! Why should all of India, be bothered? Why should the government take up the case to its foreign counterparts? He is like any of the other twenty person held back with him. Is he someone special, any PM or GM? Look at him…Look at him crying. “I want to go back to my country.” Dont cry beta. Dont cry. You are like any other Khan who has been detained. According to Salman, Mr. Khan “may be known in India, but to America, he is just a visitor.”  Agreed Sallu.

But, why should Khans be detained? America glitters, but all that glitters is not gold. Fear of another 9/11 should not be the cause of creating such a “surname-dependent” security check. One famous Khan stirred up the debate, but what about the countless Khans detained daily at the foreign airports. Allowed into the society but after such a harrasment in the hands of the security officials. Why cant Asians be let in just as they are? Why should surnames be a parameter of judgement of your ‘cleanliness’. Remember the formula for refractive index. µ = sin (i) / sin (r). Shouldn’t Americans allow Asians in with normal security check — with i = r, with µ = 1 ? Why bend the ‘light’ relationship between Asians and USA? Why should Americans have a high refractive index and flex the light ray ( with i > r) ? Why can’t our wavelengths match with theirs? Can’t we have Aristotle’s luminiferous Ether pervade the globe and bring everything down to a common wavelength?

All that glitters has a high refractive index. Do you agree?

Written by Abhishek

August 17, 2009 at 12:36 PM

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  1. Well its a complicated world out there and there are no fixed black and whites.

    Racial profiling – maybe, or security personnel just doing their job – also possible.

    The thing is that post 9/11 the world has changed to the extent that no matter how much security we have on the outside we are still insecure on the inside. Trust comes at a premium and fear is sold in the bazaars like bangles.

    And all the fear and hatred that flows from west to east and right back, creates pockets of insecurity in millions of minds. That fear or darkness creates opacity of hearts and the light of faith gets distorted.

    Its creates doubts that if the Shah Rukh Khans of the world suffer such ignominy what do the other not-so-famous Khans face?

    Let mercy come…….

    Avilash Roy

    August 17, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    • Thanks Avilash. Its true that there is no black or white as far as our mind is concerned, but when we look at how we are treated, it feels bad. Should we do the same to Brad Pitt? Whats the use in welcoming them with red carpets? But, we are Indians. Never in our history, have we invaded other countries. We maintain our standards. Let others learn from us, the importance of humbleness and respect.


      August 17, 2009 at 11:10 PM

  2. I am confused with the blog. Abhishek you have kept your stand neutral with respect to the event.

    May be yes the topic is overhyped but one thing it is media who has blown this topic out of proportions (individual perception) NOT King Khan so there is no need to call King Khan cry baby. If you really want to criticize then criticize media and yourself also because you are also trying to gain public attention through this topic.

    Secondly, King khan has brought the reality in front of the world that whatever Obama says but the truth is that the people are still being ill-treated as per their names in US.
    He has done a great thing by exposing that all that glitters is not gold.
    One can easily imagine how a common man is being treated by US authorities if the world renowned figure is treated this way.

    Lastly, may be yes this incident has hit the “ego” of King Khan and he is really acting like a “Cry baby” but a civilized society should concentrate on the matter i.e. the racial discrimination not the means.

    Aditya Gupta

    August 17, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    • Thanks Aditya. Maybe this topic is overhyped and maybe I am trying to get cheap publicity through this. Maybe I am just another blogger trying to get traffic. But, this incident has deeply touched me, and even if this article wasnt written, I would still have been disturbed by the audacity of the security officials. There was always two faces of the firangis. Hypocrism wrapped with glitters. Fractured self esteem after 9/11 is packaged with tough checkings at airports, but they know at heart that if another organization wanted another 9/11, they could easily do it…. no Khans required (recent reports suggest that they are using Germans for easier penetration into the States).

      All Khans should be able to roam free — that’s my wish and yours too.


      August 17, 2009 at 11:45 PM

  3. In today’s world, where there is danger at every corner and influential ppl like SRK, AMIR KHAN, BIG G…… sit in front of their lappies and blog and write their visualizations of how the world can be perfect. But when it comes to playing their part, their star status is always greater than safety and concern of we the general public. honestly, i dont care a damn if SRK is detained for questioning because there is a fake,who is travelling in his name, or his baggage is in a diff flight from the one in which he is travelling.
    but i would give a damn if a guy of his stature can spare some time for safety concerns of general public safety, who make him the star that he is.


    August 17, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    • Star status was aways viewed differently. There would have been no lions if there was no sheep. We, the general public, have made stars and its time they come to our help. True that this incident has created ripples in the media. Maybe he is using it to promote his upcoming film. But,we dont know the truth. Lets wait and see. If this incident is true, the government has to wake up. It shpuld aggressively take up the incident with its counterparts in foreign countries. Atleast, what SRK has done is that he has brought back an old topic which has always been shuffled under the carpet.

      We will wait and see.


      August 17, 2009 at 11:55 PM

  4. Refractive index is really high when the gem is SRK.So high that refraction seems to be impossible, rendering Total internal reflection.A reflection mirrored in the headlines of every news media removing space for killing swine flu or tax waivers.
    But when we constrict our pupil to reduce the intensity of light coming into it and say(being irritated) “what is so big abt the incident……is this srk the PM of the nation, why is this larger than life image of his?”.But close your eyes so that u r not irritated by the brightness of the star,not soothed by the pale yellow color of your room and think quietly why is this gaga all around.He is not any other khan being detained by the whites,He is not any other star whose latest release created record overseas box-office returns;He is that entity who induces diverse emotions through out the nation of diversity irrespective of age, gender, caste,state.He symbolizes the underlying common thread of unity among all Indians;a living embodiment of our sense of togetherness, definitely larger than life.
    so when the nation cries,it is not because the big uncle Sam detained one Khan but the SRKhan.

    But the other way round it is the glitter of diamond which makes us forget the object is simply anothr carbon allotrope ,the same refractive index being the deceiving element.whatever glitter it might produce ignition will exhale CO2.Lets peep into the humane khan of flesh and blood, egos and manipulations(no offence srk fans).Why can’t that man be silent about his feelings?May be he likes this cry of the nation to pamper his ego.Or his enterprising brain might devise a new way of free and strong publicity of his forthcoming venture at both of his target markets India as well as US.Don’t forget the first optics case-studies……How refractive index can create illusions

    Saranjit Gupta

    August 17, 2009 at 11:54 PM

    • God knows whats the reality! Maybe SRK brings out the humane side of his and lets his manipulative side slip into the dark. Truth should prevail, but atleast this is a chance for Indians to shake their ‘chalega’ style and sit up and persue the matter to its core.


      August 18, 2009 at 12:11 AM

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