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The Month of November was dominated by the opposition for the film Padmavati to block its release. In fact, the shooting of the film was stopped in Jaipur, when the Karni Sena vandalized the set. The same story played out in Kolhapur, where the sets were attacked and set on fire in March 2017. As the issue has dominated the minds of the country men, for too long, we need to go to the depth of the issue. Why is the opposition? It is alleged that the film contains scenes which shows Rani Padmavati in poor light hurting the sentiments of Rajputs. Sentiments could be hurt if a Rani is shown in poor light. But the question is how anyone could know, the contents of the film, even before its release or even being seen by the Censor board.How during the shooting of the film the contents were known to the gangs opposing Padmavati? This indicates the fact that the opposition to the film is not due to contents of the film, it is something else. It is being discussed in the media that the Hindu Muslim angle is being brought and to benefit the political parties appease a specific community as the film is about a Rajput Queen, who was known for her valour. Queen Padmavati was known for her beauty and had become already a legend. Her sacrifice along with 16000 women after fighting Khilji as a woman warrior made her a bigger legend to the extent that she is worshiped as a goddess today in Rajasthan. Obviously a film on her life is bound to raise objections from the people who worship her as a goddess. A Film maker has to ensure that such films are made with due care about the sentiments of the audience. I believe, the producer Director Bhansali must have taken due care as an experienced film maker. Films are carriers of culture, films also promote history but it must promote true history. There may be conflicts about an interpretation of history, but national interest is the top most priority. Film production, release etc need not be politicised. A responsible Society demands Politics should stay away from Films, art & culture.
Yes, Film Makers need be responsible; CENSOR BOARD is there to ensure responsibility of film makers but who will ensure responsible conduct of Politicians? There is no one to do this. States one after the other is busy banning the film to ensure their vote bank, Who Would be responsible for the country? Its cultural, its historical facts that Indias history is greatly manipulated by Britishers for their benefit. Indians themselves never focused on their own history. After the independence, there was no effort to correct the aberrations made to our own history by foreign rulers, who present Indias history in poor light. Its high time we review the performance of Parliamentary form of Government and compare it with Presidential Form, which was the choice of Sardar Patel and Dr. Ambedkar, but they were silenced by the dominance of Pandit Nehru as he was more comfortable with British Model and Britishers also were happy to leave their spirit / ghost even after they left India.
This December issue covers a story of Jindal SAW ltd which is the part of the US$ 18 billion O.P. Jindal Group, one of the Indias topmost industry houses and the foremost indigenous steel producers and exporters. Jindal SAW is presently lead by Sminu Jindal, a visionary entrepreneur who broke the myth that woman cannot lead big businesses. Svayam, CSR wing of Jindal SAW, an initiative of S. J. Charitable Trust has been working towards providing independence and dignity to people with reduced mobility. Svayam has been engaged in making various public places accessible to all especially the elderly and the disabled.
In this issue we carry our regular features like Interview of the month where we have covered interview of Caroline Boudreaux, Founder, Miracle Foundation. Miracle Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings life-changing care to the worlds orphans. Interview of Priya Kapadia, Marico Innovation Foundation as the CSR Professional of the month.
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