No doubt Salman Khan of the day is a good man and what we are seeing of him today, especially in context of the court cases, is basically about his survival instinct.
He has changed over the years, especially in last decade. What he did in the ‘hit and run’ case today and what he is doing in other cases he is embroiled in can be seen from the perspective of a worldly man.
He has every right to defend himself and it is responsibility of the judicial system to find him guilty or innocent, in a larger system that is so prone to manipulation. He will keep on saying he is innocent even if the courts think otherwise. And most of the people do so.
He has done what most people do. While writing this, we go with the fact that exceptions are found in every walk of life.
Yes, his celebrity status that makes him dear to millions, an icon of them, an icon whose popularity goes beyond India, is also a hindrance when it comes to such cases, especially in lower courts.
Justice walks a tightrope in such cases and judges deliver the verdict to meet the rulebooks and avoid harsh comments of authorities and senior judges from higher courts.
So, everyone is playing according to the tune here. And by doing so, everyone is being pragmatic – trying to survive in the system. The man on the street whom people like Abhijit call ‘dogs’ in a mad vein or people like Abhijit themselves or celebrities like Salman Khan – all are parts of the system.
System tests them all the time and celebrities like Salman Khan or people like Abhijit possess best of the survival skills while people like the common men (including the street dwellers) are at its bottom. They always try but seldom succeed.
But at the moment, this celebrity status is proving a bane for Salman Khan.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/