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'I respect politicians'

Amaan Ali Bangash, 26, is the son and disciple of sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He has been performing in public for over 15 years. He spoke to Onkar Singh.

What is your take on politics?

I respect them because however much people blame them for corruption or ruining the country, they are the ones who govern us.

There are different ways of looking at things -- optimistic and pessimistic. Everyone has flaws, but they have good qualities too.

We should not feel they are here to ruin the country. If you look at it that way, you can even criticise your own parent, saying they have not done anything for you.

But I do feel a bit upset about the communal violence in the country, as my father is a Muslim and my mother a Hindu.

Is India shining?

India is shining, definitely. Go to any part of the world and you see Indians. We have everything in India today. The economy has gone up. I understand there is a section that is poor, but that is there in every country. I am sure India will become a superpower.

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