gfiles magazine

September 10, 2012

Concerted action

Vol. 6- Issue 6 - Sept 2012
likes & dislikes
Concerted action
javed akhtar shows his mettle
IF one were to ask who is the most well networked MP in Parliament, it would be difficult to answer. But one name does come to mind, that of Javed Akhtar, lyricist and scriptwriter who was nominated by the UPA to the Rajya Sabha. His wife, actress Shabana Azmi, was a Rajya Sabha MP earlier courtesy the Left parties. Javed Akhtar managed his nomination courtesy Sonia Gandhi when he read out his poems on Indira Gandhi’s martyrdom day and then again in the Central Hall of Parliament. At the same time, he is known to be extremely close to BJP leader and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The buzz is that he is also close to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat. Given his relations with parties of all hues, it is no wonder that he managed to get support for the Copyright Bill and when it finally came through after a two-year struggle, he has now organised a concert in the Parliament auditorium to say thank you. Shabana will play the master of ceremonies for the concert, which is expected to see the presence of top dignitaries like the PM, the Congress president, Leaders of the Opposition and top Ministers.....READMORE

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