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Intolerant or too tolerant
03.02.17 - Mandeep Singh

The bad guys haughtily beat the hero and leave him with livid bruises. Hero recovers with the thought of vengeance in his mind. Soon, the hero valiantly strikes back and gives bad guys the taste of their own medicine and in the end, good wins over the bad and the justice is served. 

The above lines can very conveniently encapsulate the plot line of any typical 90's bollywood drama. But now welcome to 2017. In 2017, members of a fringe group, Rajput Karni Sena ferociously hounds upon a national award winning director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali because according to them, his latest project, Padmavati is showing "distorted history” and Rani Padmavati very derogatorily. 

Obviously, members of Karni Sena never bothered to read the script of the movie or ask for it. They are not aware of the fact that Bhansali directed an opera on Rani Padmavati in 2008 in Paris which was a ...
  


Achhe Din: Why a disabled person was assaulted in a cinema
26.10.16 - TEAM PT

A disability activist who uses a wheelchair was assaulted in India for not standing up to the national anthem being played in a cinema. The incident triggered outrage over what many say is the rise of aggressive nationalism in the country. Salil Chaturvedi, who has been using a wheelchair since 1984, recounts the incident that left him shaken.
As a wheelchair user in India, going to the cinema is not the easiest thing to do.

So my wife Monika and I, usually keep big screen cinema hall outings to the minimum.

Every once in three months, we summon up what it takes to make that journey. Some places are easy, some are hard, and needlessly so.

Anyway, that Sunday morning a few months ago we had a movie hall sojourn on our plans.

Excited

I was excited with the prospect of watching Kabali, the latest release of the superstar Rajnikant - I'd never seen a Rajnikant ...
  


Art gives no Space to Extremism
25.10.16 - Adv. Masood Peshimam

The hotheads in Pakistan have never tolerated the flourish of the talents in music, acting, literature or any other creative endeavour more so if it is close to liberal moorings.  The mighty hotheads in Pakistan have many a time roughed up the artists of their own country and there is no end to turmoil which sometimes lead to assault.  The fatal assault over the noted Pakistani Qawwal was a case in point.  The reason of the fatal assault was an outcome of the exasperation with the ideological deviation from the religious philosophy of the attackers though his father Gulam Farid Sabri a legend in the art of Qawwali for the number "Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Mohammad” had earned an enormous laurel captivating the hearts of the people.  Such crimes are in furtherance of the bigoted and extremist ideology bereft of any logic and rationale.  It’s a different matter if ...
  


Why Baba Ramdev Would Do Well To Go Into Vanvaas
07.04.16 - Swami Agnivesh

Ramdev shocks me. Truly. Utterly. Un-bearably. His saffron shocks me. It makes his words all the more shocking. Saffron is the colour either of self-sacrifice or of inspired bravery. He seems light years away from both. It is blatant cowardice to say one would love to cut off the heads of millions of people but for the small inconvenience that stands in the way. There is, he laments, that irksome thing called the rule of law. He could get into trouble if he ventures to harvest a few million human heads. That, says Ramdev, chokes the heroic expression of his sterling patriotic zeal. 
 
Ramdev’s version of patriotism, please note, is choked by the law. That is to say, it is unlawful. Refraining from scandalously unlawful lusts and longings only due to fear of unpleasant consequences is cowardice. Only Ramdev can enlighten us about the meeting point between cowardice and self-sacrifice: The ...
  



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