The attacks on Padmaavat and Manikarnika are a reminder that the mere hint of a fictional depiction in which women have stepped out of bounds is enough to convulse parts of the country into mob violence.
The judge had ordered a discreet screening yesterday evening amid adequate security arrangements after a prayer from the petitioner, the film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s legal counsel, Nishant Bora.
Urmilesh discusses the media coverage of the communal violence in Kasganj and hooliganism by members of the Karni Sena with Smita Gupta from The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and Vinod Agnihotri, Consulting Editor at Amar Ujala.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
The reason why the likes of Karni Sena are running amok is the assurance that their actions have the blessings of the senior leaders of the establishment.
This rumour was propagated by various right-wing websites and social media personalities.
Day one at the festival offered mixed opinions on how literature comes into the globalisation vs nationalism debate.
Vinod Dua discusses the Padmaavat row and violence by members of the Karni Sena, including the pelting of stones at a bus carrying schoolchildren.
Members of the Karni Sena attacked a school bus on the outskirts of Delhi on Wednesday.
From a midnight probe into Padmavati’s palace to op-eds siding with the fringe group, a majority of the coverage has been largely supportive of not just the protestors but also the cause.
Gujarat minister of state for home Pradipsinh Jadeja promised action against those guilty of the violence.
“People must understand that the Supreme Court has passed an order. They must abide by it. It is the obligation of the states to maintain law and order,” the bench said.
The bench trashed the submission that screening the movie may cause serious threat to life, property and law and order.
The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the all-India release of the movie
The opponents of Padmavati base their protests on rumours of a dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji despite Bhansali’s clarification that no such sequence exists in the film.
Messages scribbled on stones near the deceased’s body seem to be deliberately crafted to point fingers at the Muslim community.
The delay comes after the CBFC sent the film back because the forms were ‘incomplete’ and the makers and actors of the film faced numerous threats of violence.
The actor criticised the government for not condemning those making open threats of violence.
Politicians and ‘Senas’ threatening violence need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Party leaders in Rajasthan are joining the chorus against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film and threatening to stall its release.
The attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali is only the latest instance of mobs taking justice into their own hands while the Rajasthan government remains unperturbed.
Nothing much has changed from the time I was attacked by goons 17 years ago, says director Hansal Mehta