It’s about time we Indians seriously thought about what constitutes “honour” and where it should be located.
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.
In conversation with Gujral on the 2018 Budget, future of the NDA, BJP’s treatment of its allies, ‘Padmaavat’, Rajasthan by polls and more.
Vinod Dua discusses how the media has been distracting the country from real issues and the fallout over Swara Bhasker’s open letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
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.
In an open letter to Padmaavat director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, actor Swara Bhaskar decries glorification of Sati and Jauhar which deny women the right to live.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
In the fevered imagination of the Sangh parivar, West Bengal is low-hanging ripe fruit ready for the plucking.
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.
In 1987, protests against the reportedly forced ‘sati’ of 18-year-old Roop Kanwar also drew similar backlash.
Members of the Karni Sena attacked a school bus on the outskirts of Delhi on Wednesday.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s counsel has, however, requested that adequate security measures be put in place during the screening.
Gujarat minister of state for home Pradipsinh Jadeja promised action against those guilty of the violence.
The constant invocation of Rajput courage and Muslim villainy feeds into the paranoia of the Hindu right.
“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 Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the all-India release of the movie
Vinod Dua discusses the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the ban on Padmaavat and the ongoing arguments in the final Aadhaar hearing.
The plea says that the states cannot impose a blanket ban on a film and its screening can be suspended in a particular area or areas on account of law and order problem, not across the states.
Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have banned the movie, citing law and order issues.
The state government said the ban was necessary to maintain law and order.