Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chennai: Screening venue of 'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai' changed after alleged threats from Hindutva lobby // Video of hooliganism by 'parivar' activists at DU campus

NB: This account of an event in Ramjas College 1988 may interest all those who are facing violent censorship today - DS

The screening of Nakul Singh Sawhney’s documentary Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai was scheduled on Tuesday across the country in 50 towns and cities. The documentary, which traces the aftermath of the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar in west Uttar Pradesh, has been at the centre of protests across the country. In Chennai, the documentary was to be screened at renowned art critic Sadanand Menon’s Spaces in Besant Nagar. However, there were threats made allegedly by Hindutva groups. When the screening organisers complained to the police, the police did not provide security. Instead, they reportedly persuaded the organisers to change the venue. People who had gathered at Spaces, protested the change in venue, with some even calling it ‘state-sponsored censorship’. The documentary was then screened at Goethe-Institut.

Deepanjana Pal
Blocked in Delhi University, documentary 'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai' is a must watch
Interestingly, only a few of the victims of violence point fingers at any political party. Most are simply furious with the state government for not protecting them and struggling to comprehend that those who were friends till a few weeks ago, are now enemies.

Video of hooliganism by 'parivar' activists at DU campus
A comprehensive video about everything that happened when ABVP goons disrupted a screening of 'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai...' at Kirori Mal College. They heckled and threatened teachers and students at the screening. But the students stood up to their lumpenism. Please do watch and share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhidc-MUkgs
Also see: https://www.facebook.com/MuzaffarnagarBaaqiHai

Report of the first NDA government's (1998) brazen attempt to 'revise' Gandhi's Collected Works. Hundreds of whimsical deletions and changes were noticed by well-known scholars and Gandhians in India and around the world, who viewed them as an insult to scholarship, and demanded an end to such attempts to play with historical documents. Read the history of the controversy. Tridip Suhrud, now director of Sabarmati Ashram, wrote a detailed analysis of this shameless behaviour in EPW in November 2004. It was only after the defeat of the NDA government that the fraudulently 'revised' edition of the CWMG was withdrawnin 2005

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