‘Pad­ma­vati’ protests con­tinue, 5 held for mul­ti­plex van­dal­ism

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htrajasthan - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htraj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The out­rage over San­jay Leela Bhansali’s film Pad­ma­vati in­ten­si­fied on Tues­day with not only Ra­jputs but Brah­mins, Vaishyas, OBCs and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties ral­ly­ing to­gether to op­pose the film for in­sult­ing Hin­dus and warn­ing of vi­o­lence if it is re­leased. In Kota, Shri Ra­jput Karni Sena van­dalised a mul­ti­plex where the trailer of Pad­ma­vati was screened.

In Jaipur, se­nior VHP leader Acharya Dhar­men­dra said that the film was an at­tack on Hindu so­ci­ety and no self-re­spect­ing so­ci­ety will ac­cept this. “The film Pad­ma­vati is anti-Hindu and anti-na­tional. It is an at­tack on Hindu pride. The film­mak­ers should be pun­ished,” Acharya told the me­dia at a press con­fer­ence.

“Sen­ti­ments, his­tory and facts don’t mat­ter to film­mak­ers. Any op­po­si­tion to a film gen­er­ates cu­rios­ity and cre­ates a mar­ket for it. Their con­sid­er­a­tion is only com­mer­cial.”

“The queen’s name was Pad­mini, not Pad­ma­vati. Pad­mini is a revered mother fig­ure for 125 crore Hin­dus across the world. Her char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion is an in­sult to Hindu so­ci­ety and cul­ture and we won’t ac­cept this.”

He said he has writ­ten to BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah ask­ing for a ban on the film. He crit­i­cized the cen­sor board, re­fer­ring to it as the cancer board, for fail­ing to pre­vent the re­lease of films that have ob­jec­tion­able con­tent or factual dis­tor­tions.

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He said he is in touch with other sad­hus to set up a so­cial cen­sor board screen­ing his­tor­i­cal and mytho­log­i­cal films and TV se­ri­als so there is no mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of facts.

The VHP leader said that Chit­tor, where queen Pad­mini along with 16,000 women per­formed Jauhar to save their hon­our from a Mus­lim in­vader, is a pil­grim­age spot for Hin­dus and a Ma­hakumbh should be held an­nu­ally in her me­mory.

Ear­lier, the All In­dia Ksha­triya Ma­hasabha too said the film was an in­sult to the sac­ri­fice made by queen Pad­mini.

Pankaj Joshi of the Brah­min Ma­hasabha said Brah­mins, Vaishya, OBC, Mus­lims were all sup­port­ing a ban on the film as it is an in­sult to Hindu com­mu­nity.

For­mer min­is­ter Rad­heyshyam Singh Tan­war said the or­gan­i­sa­tion would launch a Rajasthan bandh on Novem­ber 30 prior to the re­lease of the film on De­cem­ber 1. “If the re­lease is not stopped we will not be re­spon­si­ble for any vi­o­lence that takes place,” said Tan­war.

Gu­lam Niza­mud­din Khan of the state Congress le­gal cell said Pad­mini was the pride of Rajasthan and any at­tempt to ma­lign her im­age would not be tol­er­ated.

In Kota, mis­cre­ants from the Ra­jput Karni Sena took out a rally with ban­ners call­ing for a ban on Pad­ma­vati. They as­sem­bled out­side a shop­ping mall near and 30-40 ac­tivists car­ry­ing sticks and iron rods en­tered the mul­ti­plex.

An eye­wit­ness and shop­keeper Rahul said the ac­tivists first van­dal­ized the book­ing win­dow of the Gold Cinema on the ground floor and broke a glass win­dow. They then went to the third floor of the mall where the mul­ti­plex is sit­u­ated.

The Se­cu­rity guard Monu Meena said the ac­tivists forcibly went in­side the gallery of the mul­ti­plex and van­dal­ized the re­fresh­ments coun­ters and man­han­dled the man­ager. The ac­tivists out­side the mall pelted stones.

SP Kota, Ra­jeev Pachar said the po­lice reached the spot and nabbed five per­sons. Asked why there was no po­lice pres­ence out­side the mall, Pachar said that the ag­i­ta­tors had re­turned after sub­mit­ting mem­o­ran­dum at the Col­lec­torate and their plan to hold an ag­i­ta­tion was a sud­den one.

The queen’s name was Pad­mini, not Pad­ma­vati. Pad­mini is a revered fig­ure for 125 crore Hin­dus. Her char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion is an in­sult to Hindu so­ci­ety and cul­ture and we won’t ac­cept this.

AH ZAIDI/HT PHOTO

The mul­ti­plex, which was van­dalised by Karni Sena in Kota on Tues­day.

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