Nepotism is termed as ‘Bhai Bhatijawaad or Maa Betawaad’ in Hindi language. Nepotism is the practice of showing favouritism towards relatives in various fields, including business, politics, entertainment, sports, religion and other activities. Recently, after Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise, Nepotism is in news because it has been alleged that Bollywood is afflicted with Nepotism. The outcry on his suicide has highlighted the debate of Nepotism in Bollywood industry. Since then the ‘nepotism debate’ has been at its zenith. Many actors have come forward to reveal their struggles against all odds of Nepotism . But this heated up debate leaves us with a wider range of questions.
” Is Nepotism only prevalent in Bollywood? ” ,
” Can Nepotism be the soul reason for an actor’s success? “
Thiruvalluvar, the prominent Tamil philosopher too had written about nepotism and favouritism –
” If you choose an unfit person for your job just because you love and you like him, he will lead you to endless follies. “
Nepotism has surpassed all domains of life and is present in almost every field like judiciary, politics, administration, etc. Lateral entry into civil services is also criticized on the grounds of spoils system. Under spoils system, leaders of the political party that came to power generally give public office to their supporters. Thus, it involves the scope of Nepotism . In 2016, the three crucial appointments made by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu were set aside by the courts since it appeared that all the three selections are a form of spoils system. At times, Nepotism in sports starts from the selection of sportsperson and runs till the appointment of highest level officers. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), sees relatives of politicians, administrators and judges in its highest rankings. How many of us examine the family linkages of our local Member of Legislative Assembly or Member of Parliament ? When the time for choosing a candidate for the general election comes around, parties hand out tickets to the relatives of MPs. In a study of the Indian Parliament conducted a few years ago, author Patrick French found that 100 percent of MPs in Lok Sabha under the age of 30 are from families with a political background. In order to ensure the independence of judiciary, judges in India are appointed on the basis of “Collegium System” but the lack of transparency in this type of system increases the scope of Nepotism. In 2018, government had highlighted the relationships of 11 out of 33 candidates recommended by the Allahabad High Court(HC) to sitting and retired judges of the upper judiciary .
Now coming to our daily social lives – most of the shops in our locality were established by one generation and now future generations are running it and we purchase goods from them without thinking about the Nepotism related to the shop owners. Similarly, all the big companies and enterprises, have Nepotism involved when the children of the owners of the company take over the business. So, in that manner they should be boycotted ? But, is it even possible to do so ? In fact, many of us have actually got into a job or a business because of our family’s influence. Of course, there is no doubt in the fact that there are many startups and self made successful individuals too , but this doesn’t mould the fact that many of us have our occupation because of our family pull.
Nepotism as a concept is wrong but inheritance of family business by a person who has real talent can never be wrong. For example, among the three sons of Raj Kapoor , a well renowned Bollywood actor, Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor went on to become distinguished actors while his son Rajiv Kapoor could not become as prominent as his brothers. And there are many more examples of failed nepotism like Sanjay Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Kunal Kapoor, etc. The audience has rejected them because they lacked actual talent and nothing could help them build a successful career in Bollywood. Moreover, the recent trend of trolling actors on social media for perpetrating nepotism in the film industry has aroused a more negative side of the society. The wrongdoers shall be punished and no respite shall be given to them . But slamming actors have crossed all its limits and have reached to an extent where rape threat comments and mocking family members of the actors has become the new normal. We need to learn to accept real talent irrespective of their origin and have to rise above our prejudices against people from different backgrounds. Adding negative comments on social media and ridiculing people simply adds on to the mental anxiety.
In the same time when we are talking about mental health and sensitivity how can we deride people ?
We are a sound audience and have appreciated the work of many novice actors. Even Akshay Kumar and Shahrukh Khan were once a newbie and only with the love of the audience they are now counted among one of the celebrated actors. The self made actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui , Manoj Bajpai, Ayushmann Khurrana , Anushka Sharma, Kangana Ranaut, Vidya Balan, Mithun Chakraborty, Pankaj Tripathi are the best cited examples to prove that nepotism can never be the sole reason to be a notable actor . So, let’s just be honest to ourselves and instead of jumping to conclusions before the right things come out, let’s just keep calm and make the world a better place to live.