In recent days, renowned Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan found himself at the center of a social media storm when a video surfaced showing him thrashing a man with slippers. The man in question was later identified as his protege, Naveed Hasnain. The minute-long clip went viral, sparking a wave of criticism and trending discussions on various platforms.

The Incident

The video depicts Rahat Fateh Ali Khan repeatedly hitting and slapping Naveed Hasnain, demanding the whereabouts of a misplaced bottle. According to reports, the bottle contained ‘dam kiya hua pani’ or holy water. The circumstances surrounding the incident and the exact time and location of the video remain unclear.

Public Reaction

The video led to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s name trending on social media, with users expressing their dismay and condemning the singer’s actions. Many argued that violence, regardless of the context, cannot be justified, especially when involving a mentor and his protege.

The Apology

In response to the public backlash, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan released a video on his Instagram account, offering an apology for his actions. The singer, standing alongside Naveed Hasnain and his father, explained that the matter was between a teacher (ustad) and his protege (shagird). Khan admitted to apologizing to Hasnain immediately after the incident, emphasizing the dual nature of the mentor-protege relationship.

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The Protege’s Perspective

Naveed Hasnain, in a separate video, clarified that he considered Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as his ‘ustad’ (teacher) and defended the mentor’s actions. He stated that the video was intended to defame the singer and expressed his acceptance of the punishment, referring to it as a father punishing his son. Hasnain’s father also supported the mentor, stating that there was nothing wrong with a master punishing his student.

The Driver’s Testimony

During the apology video, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s driver, who claimed to have worked for the singer for the past 40 years, was present. Khan asked the driver to share his experience, and the driver affirmed the mutual respect between them, stating that he had never been scolded or beaten by the singer.

Public Response to the Apology

Despite the apology, social media users continued to express their disapproval, asserting that violence should never be condoned. Many argued that the mentor-protege relationship should not involve physical harm and that a public figure like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan should set a better example.

The incident involving Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and his protege highlights the complex dynamics of mentorship, as well as the impact of social media on public opinion. While the singer issued an apology and the protege defended his mentor, the broader discussion revolves around the acceptable boundaries within mentor-protege relationships and the responsibility of public figures to set positive examples. The aftermath of this incident serves as a reminder that actions in the public eye, even within personal relationships, can have profound consequences.

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Sources: WION, India Today, The Indian Express

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