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Adnan Sami wins prestigious Indian award causing uproar across the border

Adnan Sami wins prestigious Indian award causing uproar across the border

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“If anyone from Pakistan chants ‘Jai Modi’, he can now get citizenship of India as well as a Padma Shri award. Selection of Sami for the award is a damage control exercise,” tweeted a NCP leader.

Recently the list of Padma Shri awardees for 2020 was announced and singer and musician Adnan Sami was one of the recipients. Adnan Sami has been a part of the music industry for over three decades now. However, his inclusion in the 2020 Padma Shri recipients has not been received positively by a section of the society.  Many have pointed out that his father Arshad Sami Khan, was a Pakistani Air force veteran-turned-bureaucrat who fought in the 1965 war against India. 

While, others looked past his lineage and focused on Sami’s individual contribution. And in this case, on the basis of merit, people believe that he did not deserve the Padma Shri award. 

Does NCP’s opposition to Sami’s award shows that BJP is not alone in the anti-Pakistan agenda?

Anti-Pakistan sentiment is very strong in India. Many believe that is because of BJP. But, is there any truth in that? Pakistan and India’s rivalry goes way back in history. It’s not a manifestation of Modi’s extremism. Anti- Pakistan sentiment in India is as strong as anti-Indian sentiment in Pakistan.

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