Just a day after Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a resolution banning Pakistani artistes and technicians from working in India, a member of the Indian film associations Rahul Aggarwal, decided to resign so as to protest against the move.
Rahul, who took for facebook to make the news public, on September 30 expressed his disappointment and said that the “fundamental terrorism” between the two countries was the root cause of the differences and cited that “art is above politics”.
He further added that as “the custodians of this art” it is our responsibility to bring people together rather than “divide them”.
He furthermore believes that the two countries need to come together to promote peace and not war.
“Banning one another is not the solution, rather bringing everyone together and showing the world that terrorism cannot divide these two great nations can become a beacon for acceptance and hope, two characteristics that are the complete opposites of the fundamentalists that want us to go to war with one another.”
He concluded by saying that as the governing body did not recognise his voice and that it felt like a “personal failure” to him and thus he decided to resign.
IMPPA on September 29 has passed a resolution during their annual general meeting in which they banned all Pakistani artists in India “till the situation bets better between the Pakistan and Indian governments.”