Karnataka cannot handle Sunny Image: YouTube
If you had any doubts about the rising levels of intolerance in our country — a word popularised by Aamir Khan a couple of years ago — here's another instance. Karnataka has just banned Sunny Leone from performing at a New Year's Eve concert, called Sunny Night in Bengaluru NYE 2018, scheduled to be held at White Orchid convention centre in the city. Reason: law and order.
State home minister R Ramalinga Reddy told a newspaper, "We have denied permission fearing law and order problems in the wake of protests by pro-Kannada outfits and also keeping in view the directions of the Karnataka High Court in a molestation case reported on MG Road last New Year's Eve."
Reddy further cites that this decision was influenced by Sunny's August visit to Kochi, where her fans went berserk seeing the actor. "We took feedback from Kochi police before taking the decision," Reddy added.
The organisers of the event, however, say they have not received any official notification on the same, and that they will wait for it before calling the event off.
It all started when certain pro-Kannada groups, including Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, claimed that Sunny's performance will be an assault on Kannada culture and will corrupt young minds. "We don't want her to come spoil our youth," the protesters had said.
On Friday, protesters burnt posters of the actor in retaliation, and to make matters worse, threatened to commit mass suicide if she was allowed to perform.
Reddy, however, has the perfect solution to all the ruckus. He suggested that the organisers of the event have permission to go ahead, as long as it is a musical or a Bharatanatyam event.