Subject: Re: Tolerance: Indian politician offers $1.5M for beheading ofBollywood star over Hindu queen, Muslim ruler romance film
On Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:07:47 PM UTC-8, Leroy N. Soetoro wrote:
> A member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party offered a $1.5 million
> bounty Sunday for anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of
> a yet-to-be released Bollywood film that's sparked controversy for
> depicting a romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler.
> The film "Padmavati" was set to be in theaters on Dec. 1 and has caused a
> firestorm over its alleged handling of the relationship.
> Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state of
> Haryana, offered the bounty against actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker
> Sanjay Leela Bhansali.The film's producers postponed the release of the
> movie the same day.
> Speaking at a public rally, Amu also said the film would not be allowed to
> be released at all, local media reported.
> The movie "Padmavati" is based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem,
> "Padmavat," a fictional account of a brave and beautiful Rajput queen who
> chose to kill herself rather than be captured by the Muslim sultan of
> Delhi, Allaudin Khilji. Over the centuries, the tale has come to be seen
> as history, even though there is little historical evidence to support it..
> Padukone plays the role in the film of Padmini, the legendary queen who
> committed "jauhar," the medieval Rajput practice in which women of royal
> households walked into funeral fires to embrace death over the dishonor of
> being taken captive.
> The film has been in trouble since the beginning of the year, with fringe
> groups in the western state of Rajasthan attacking the film's set,
> threatening to burn down theaters that show it and even physically
> attacking Bhansali in January.
> Most of the anger at the film appears to stem from allegations that
> Bhansali distorted history by filming a romantic dream sequence between
> the film's main protagonists. Bhansali has denied the allegations.
> Earlier this month, the head of the Rajput Karni Sena in Rajasthan said
> Padukone should have her nose cut — a symbol of public humiliation — for
> being part of a film that allegedly insulted the famed queen.
> On Monday, local government officials vowed to take "stringent action"
> against those threatening Padukone and others involved in the movie, The
> Indian Express reported.
> India's 1.3 billion-strong democracy is the largest in the world, but
> despite significant economic progress over the last few decades its
> politics are held hostage by a complex mix of religion and caste. Books
> and movies have found themselves at the receiving end of threats of
> violence and bans because they either offend one religious or caste group,
> or are deemed offensive to Indian culture in general.
> In the past, India's film censor board rejected the erotic drama "Fifty
> Shades of Grey," and Hollywood movies that appear on Indian screens are
> routinely scrubbed of sex scenes. "The Da Vinci Code" was banned in the
> Indian state of Goa, which has a large Christian population, because
> religious groups objected.
> On Monday, India's Supreme Court refused to ban the controversial film,
> saying it is not inclined in the matter and the fate of the film needs to
> be decided by the country's censor board, India Today reported.
> In its decision, the court said: "The censor board has a role and the
> Supreme Court cannot assume that role. Why should the court interfere to
> stop the release of a movie which has not been cleared by the censor
> In 2014, the publishing house Penguin India pulled from shelves and
> destroyed all copies of American historian Wendy Doniger's "The Hindus: An
> Alternative History" after protests and a lawsuit from a Hindu right-wing
> group. The group's main objection was that the book described Hindu
> mythological texts as fictional.
> India-born writer Salman Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses" has been
> banned here since 1998, since many Muslims consider it blasphemous.
> Rushdie was forced to cancel a 2012 appearance at the Jaipur Literary
> Festival amid protests and threats by prominent Muslim clerics.
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