Keep the Peace- Priyanka Chopra's column in HT today

As I write this column, the verdict on the Babri Masjid title suit has not been announced and we are three days away from the start of the Commonwealth Games.  Though seemingly unrelated, individually and collectively, these 2 ‘events’ are likely to have a huge impact on us as a nation. And with these unrelated events, the only binding factor, is us, the citizens of India. Our decisions and how we react is going to be critical.  

I would rather not ‘guess’ which way the verdict will go, but I would like to reiterate something I said last week.  As the youth who are driving this country to the next level, if we decide to commit ourselves to the judicial process, then we can create platforms to raise our voice in agreement or dissent rather than raise our hands in violence. Let’s keep the peace please. 

With the Commonwealth Games, reams of news print and loads of TV time have laid bare the embarrassingly dismal situation and sheer disregard of the an ineffective leadership. But it’s time now that we put it all behind us.  The games are ON and we are the HOSTS. Nothing we do now can change that. So, we have to rally together and make the best of this situation. As Indians, tradition has always demanded “Atithi Devo Bhava” and now it’s time to actualise that. But more importantly I believe that we need to bring some positivity to the games. Let’s deal with the situation when the games are over, let’s hang out the dirty linen then... but now, we have to come together and show the world that irrespective of the hurdles, we can do what we set out to do.  If nothing else, just lend your voice in support.  

On a slightly unrelated note, this week has been insane for me! The last four episodes of Khatron Ke Khiladi x3 went on air, where daredevil Shabir Ahluwalia overcame tough competition from the other 12 contestants to emerge as THE khiladi. Congratulations Shabbo-rani, you truly deserved the win.

It’s Friday and I’m hugely excited as Anjaana Anjaani releases in theatres. The film has got great reviews and I can’t wait for all of you to see it! As always, would love to get your feedback.

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