Congress advocates for Ghulam Ali’s concert

New Delhi: Expressing its displeasure over cancellation of the music launch of “Ghar Wapsi”, in which Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali was to take part on January 29, the Congress on Thursday voiced support and said art, literature and music should not be divided on the basis of religion.

“Art, literature and music are above religion. India has always been a tolerant country. My appeal is if any artist comes from any part of the nation, he should be given the opportunity to perform. It should be left to the audience to decide who they want to see. But the image of fear only distorts our image in the world.

Should we even divide art and literature on the basis of religion?” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told ANI.

Ali’s event scheduled for January 29 was earlier cancelled in view of security threats to him.

Organisers told ANI that they were cancelling the scheduled programme due to security threats to 5the singer, and have been working out on a new date and venue for the music launch.

Earlier in 2015, his performances in Mumbai and Pune were cancelled after threats issued by Shiv Sena, following the cancellation, Delhi Minister for Law, Justice and Legislative Affairs Kapil Mishra and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee invited the singer to perform in the national capital and Kolkata, respectively. (ANI)