When a host of awards were being returned to protest ‘intolerance’, Anupam Kher and his band of angry men took out a ‘March for India’ where Kher claimed that he wouldn’t tolerate any talk of intolerance under his watch. He also directed some outrage at his colleague Dibakar Banerjee for returning an award that frankly he had no right to return (since it was the award for Best Film and belonged to the producers). All in all, Anupam Kher was the breakout ‘unexpected star’ of the year.
Arghya Roy Chowdhury
<!– /.block –>Government committed to electrification of villages: PM Modi <!– /.block –>
Government committed to electrification of villages: PM Modi <!– /.block –>
<!– /.block –>
<!– /.block –>
Also ReadIndiaModi’s surprise visit to Pak: What happened behind the scenes to make it possibleIndiaOver 120 artists to perform at Sunburn Goa beginning tomorrowIndiaParliamentary panel asks MHA to increase women in Delhi Police to 33%IndiaKashmir problem will be solved once Art 370 is removed: Anupam KherIndiaForeign hand trying to stall India’s atomic programme: AEC chiefIndiaLinking two most popular pilgrim centres, Railways starts weekly train between Tirupati and Shirdi <!– /.block –>
<!– /#sidebar-second –>Delhi police to have crime victim counsellors from North Eastern states<!– /.block –> <!– /#content_bottom –>
<!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_BTF –><!– /.block –><!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Tablet_728x90_BTF –><!– /.block –> <!– /#bottom_bar –>
<!– footer start –>
Partner site: Zee News
©2015 Diligent Media Corporation Ltd.
<!– footer end –>
It claimed that “anyone watching TV these days would think the country is in danger, societal tolerance is reducing, there s a civil-war like situation, as if there s bloodshed all around.”
It also attacked the role of the media for “overplaying” that veteran lyricist Gulzar returned his award over intolerance recently
An article in RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’ has accused the media of bias and intolerance towards an alternative point of view on a “manufactured” debate over “shrinking” space for dissent. The article charged the media with overplaying a series of recent incidents including return of awards by intellectuals and artistes and the Kerala House beef row, the article in pro-RSS publication. It claimed that “anyone watching TV these days would think the country is in danger, societal tolerance is reducing, there s a civil-war like situation, as if there s bloodshed all around.” The article said “this manufactured atmosphere created on the eve of Bihar polls would give anyone watching TV a sense of fear.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Kerala House witnessed a controversy over beef. Police went there and sorted it out. But how could the media sit silently? By the evening, every channel was debating how sinful the police had been in visiting Kerala House upon receipt of a complaint over beef sale. Kerala House is not an embassy of another country,” the article said.It also attacked the role of the media for “overplaying” that veteran lyricist Gulzar returned his award over intolerance recently but “conveniently glossing over the fact that Gulzar had campaigned against Narendra Modi in Varanasi during 2014 Lok Sabha elections” and saying, “people have the right to know that their favourite lyricist has political affiliations.””While TV channels showed Gulzar returning the award, they didn’t say that Gulzar had canvassed against Narendra Modi in Varanasi in general elections. Isn’t Gulzar’s presence in Patna during Bihar polls strange? People have the right to know that their favourite lyricist has political affiliations,” according to the article. Accusing the media of not showing pro-government versions in the debate on intolerance, the article in the publication asked why when channels showed scientist P M Bhargava s anti- government statements and “blacked out” pro-government statements of another acclaimed scientist G Madhavan Nair.”Extremely secular journalists continue to insult Hindu traditions and have through articles mocked the Hindu festival of Karvachauth as conservative,” the article says. The article in the publication also questions the media over not being “anguished over the intolerance shown to poet Munawwar Rana who recently met PM Modi on his invitation”. “Rana is being attacked because he met PM Modi but the progressive media is silent over intolerance being shown to him,” the ‘Panchjanya’ article says, adding that the media “conveniently went silent when it was revealed that filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee returned an award he never even received”. “It was only when the producer of film ‘Khosla ka Ghosla’ revealed this truth that it became known that Dibakar Banerjee had not even received the award but the media went silent despite earlier overplaying it,” the article said, adding that the “social media is closer to the truth than the mainstream media”.The publication especially praised the role of the social media in projecting how the recent “anti-India” remarks by credit rating agency Moody s were “actually personal views of a junior analyst at the organization”.
Here are the top 5 stories from dna.
Here are the top 5 stories from dna:1) Some forces out to put Sangh in dock: RSS- Sangh had faced such allegations but when one went deeper into the allegations there was no truth found in such charges. Read about it here.2) Russia grounds airline’s A321 fleet after Egyptian crash: Russia dismisses ISIS’ claim. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>3) Nitish-Lalu together sought religion-based quotas in 2005, claims PM Modi- Here is what PM Modi said about BJP’s rival party leaders in Bihar 4) Did Dibakar Banerjee return award to get media attention for Titli- Here is what the Khosla Ka Ghosla producer has claimed 5) Full Text: PM Modi has been the victim of intolerance since 2002 writes Arun Jaitley- Read what the FM has said about critics of the Narendra Modi government
After beef-eaters are chastised, shown their place and forced to abandon their ungodly eating habit, who? Are rationalists next on target? Or is it scientists who are prone to challenging the given? Or is it the actors and filmmakers? No one has yet mapped the mind of the apparently omnipresent yet barely visible Big Brother at work in the country. That seems to be creating a sense of panic and insecurity in several sections of the society, particularly those who think, question and create as part of their passion or living.
As this piece is being written, there’s news that nine filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee and Anand Patwardhan, have retuned their national awards in support of FTII students and in protest against growing violence in the society. They say a regime of bigotry, fear and intimidation has started dominating the national narrative. Before accusing them of being political, stooges of the Congress or despicable Left liberals, let’s sit back and reflect on the developments over the last some months. Clearly, something is amiss somewhere.
Behind the veneer of civilisation, India has always been an incredibly violent place. There’s nothing new about fringe groups intimidating people with incompatible ideas, nothing novel about cases of caste violence either. Expedient politics kicks in as an afterthought and no party comes out smelling of roses when it comes out the approach to such incidents. Yet, there’s some change somewhere. There’s a vague sense of fear in the air.
That explains why even scientists, not a community given to expressing itself in public, are worried about the growing culture of intolerance and communalisation in the country. “A highly polarised community is like a nuclear bomb close to criticality. It can explode anytime and drive the nation to utter chaos. This is highly unstable atmosphere and we should do everything in our hands to defuse the disparity, and enlighten society in the scientific spirit,” said a recent appeal from scientists and academicians to the President.
It called the forces of intolerance as “trespassers of reason and rights” and said their statements were not in agreement with the spirit of the Constitution which emphasised on reason and scientific temper. Scientific temper encompasses rationality, rights and responsibility.” Another appeal to the governments both at the centre and the states and people at large urged all Indians to raise their voices against such forces “so that they are nipped in the bud.”
The community of artists also has decried the trend of intolerance and growing illiberal streak in the society. What’s making all of them speak out in this fashion? When writers returned their awards, their protest was quickly given a political colour by many pundits in the media. They were accused of panic mongering. Now that the scientists and artists have joined in too, would they be branded in a similar fashion? Quite likely. But does that address the real fear or provide any solution? Like they say, you cannot have a snake in your backyard and expect it to bite your neighbour only. Someday it’s going to bring you to grief.
So, what has changed? What’s creating and sustaining the climate of fear? Well, unlike earlier there’s open moral support from sections of intellectuals to the activities of the illiberal, intolerant groups. There’s no clear, unequivocal condemnation of acts of violence and coercion or disrespect of dissenting views. In fact, there are frenzied efforts to justify such acts. You see it clearly on television and in newspapers pages. Notice how quickly matters morally indefensible get respectability through a political coating. Worse, the state does not look powerful or inclined enough to protect individuals against groups.
It’s a dangerous trend. It’s time we took politics out and treated the apprehension of the thinking class with more sympathy. The political class must find ways to tame Big Brother on the loose.
Meanwhile, former students of the institution and alumni Pratik Vats and Vikram Pawar have decided to return national awards that they had received for their films while studying in the institute.
Image courtesy: ANI Twitter handle
Bollywood director Dibakar Banerjee and 8 others have returned their National Awards to show solidarity with the protesting FTII students. The awardees are also protesting against the murders of rationalist author MM Kalburgi and activist Govind Pansare. Three ex-FTII students on Wednesday also announced the return of their national awards, after the agitating students called off their strike against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s chairman. Dibakar Banerjee had won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for Khosla Ka Ghosla in 2007 and the National Award for Best Popular Film award for Oye Lucky Lucky Oye in 2009.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan also returned his National Award. Patwardhan had received 7 National Film Awards, including for Bombay: Our City (1985), In the Name of God (1990) which was based on the demolition of Babri Mosque, War and Peace (2002), Jai Bhim Comrade (2011), In Memory of Friends (1990) and Father, Son and Holy War (1995).Apart from Banerjee and Patwardhan, Tunnu Ki Tina writer Paresh Kamdar, Odia director Lipika Singh, Gulabi Gang director Nishtha Jain, Producer Kirti Nakhwa, actor Harish Kulkarni and Malayalam Cinematographer Hari Nair have also returned their national awards. Meanwhile, former students of the institution and alumni Pratik Vats and Vikram Pawar have also decided to return the national awards that they had received for their films while studying in the institute. “We are going to return our awards and have written a letter to the President for the same,” Vats said. Related read- FTII row: Two ex-students return national awards