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Trouble for Shah Rukh Khan: IT department attaches Alibag farmhouse
30.01.18 -
Trouble for Shah Rukh Khan: IT department attaches Alibag farmhouse



Shah Rukh Khan’s sea-facing farmhouse in Alibaug, that was the venue of his last birthday bash, has invited fresh trouble for the actor. Back in 2017, he was heckled by MLC Jayant Patil for causing a commotion at the mainland and soon after reports surfaced suggesting that the property violated coastal region norms. Now the IT department has issued a provisional attachment notice to the actor’s property. A report by Business Standard states that the attachment notice was issued under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act (PBPT) in December.

It has been alleged that Shah Rukh Khan bought the property with an application that intended the purpose of the purchase to be farming. But the actor has been using the property, spread over an area of 19,960 sq metres, for personal use going by the name Deja Vu Farms Pvt. Ltd. "The said transaction falls under the definition of "benami transaction as per the Section 2 (9) of the PBPT Act, where Deja Vu Farms has acted as benamidar for the ultimate benefits of SRK. Thus, the actor is a beneficiary for the said under the prescribed law,” said the I-T investigation report submitted to adjudicating authority while seeking provisional attachment, as per the news portal.
 
The report highlights that the property was brought in 2004 and Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan were signed as shareholders. The directors of the property were appointed – Ramesh Chhiba, Savita Chhiba and Moreshwar Rajaram Ajgaonkar, who was replaced by Namita Chhiba in 2011. To be noted is the fact that Ramesh, Savita and Namita are SRK’s father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law, respectively. Since the day of its procurement, the company has not shown any income from farming activity. While additional collector had allowed the purchase of the land under the condition that it will be put to use within three years for farming. Moreshwar was the only one listed as agriculturist during that time.

IT acts allow for the prosecution of the benamidar which may result in rigorous imprisonment up to seven years and fine up to 25 percent of the market value of the property. The circle rate of the attached property is Rs 146.7 million. However, the market price would go up to five-fold, said another I-T official.




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PADMAVATI - KARNI KYA & KATHNI KYA!
Have you watched Padmaavat? Say something totally non-sense!
28.01.18 - S Pal
Have you watched Padmaavat? Say something totally non-sense!



"THERE IS NOTHING OBJECTIONABLE in the film."
 
And there cannot be a worse defence of the right of a film maker to make a film, or the right of the people to watch that film.

"Believe me I have watched the movie. It only glorifies Rajput culture."

That's a statement most dangerous to the idea of a citizenry equipped with rights, much more dangerous than any Karni Sena.

Audiences spilling out of theatres across India after watching Padmaavat are finding television microphones thrust into their faces. Excited at possibly making it to the prime time news bulletins, they are saying the most liberal stuff they have heard so far on television.

"It's a very nice movie...Acting is also good. Everything is good. Rajput culture very nice. Nothing against Rajput culture...People should watch the film before protesting."
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Indian media used to have lesser space for loonies. Then, it accommodated them in the "fringe" category. Soon, the fringe became the centre. Much of it rallied around Arnab Goswami in TV studios, or around his clones on other television channels.
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From Harbans Singh of Model Gram, Ludhiana to Reema Kajaria of Aligarh Muslim University, from Teja Sidhu from Basti Bawa Khel, Jalandhar to Sheel Tiwari of Greater Noida, from Saji Nariappa of Coimbatore to Sushma Berlia of Guwahati, they find this stuff politically correct. As do most top anchors and journalists.

It is here that we are losing the argument to Karni Sena. Every day. With every sound byte.

This is the most potent defence of those who hurled stones at a bus full of little children.

Innumerable television anchors have spewed the same words, and they have not been shamed. It is time to call them out.

Such a defence legitimises every threat to behead the film maker, every claim that Rajputs have not stopped cutting off women's noses, and every stone thrown at a cinema house.

If the nation wanted a wrong answer, it is finally getting one. 

When Arnab Goswami had watched the film, he praised it "because far from an intimate moment, Alauddin Khilji and Padmawati, that is, Ranvir and Deepika, don't even share one single frame together in the film.”

"The romance between Rana Rattan Singh and Padmawati is subtle and so delicately portrayed,” he said. His understanding of cinema can be excused. He is no expert. But what he said was a strong defence of Karni Sena. "Every scene in this film is a fluid cinematic tribute to Rani Padmawati's greatness," Goswami said. Lokendra Singh Kalvi would have celebrated.
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Just ask yourself now if a film maker will ever be ready to make a film critical of the Rajput community, or of any ritual of any community? 
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After all, it is exactly Kalvi's argument that any film maker touching the subject should ensure that Rani Padmawati's greatness must be celebrated.

Indian politics has much space for Kalvi. His dad Kalyan Singh Kalvi was a minister in the BJP government of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and then at the Centre during the short-lived Chandra Shekhar government. 

Indian media used to have lesser space for loonies. Then, it accommodated them in the "fringe" category. Soon, the fringe became the centre. Much of it rallied around Arnab Goswami in TV studios, or around his clones on other television channels.

Now, victory beckons them when apparently liberal anchors and discussants refuse to discuss if Padmawati is a myth or history and actually discuss if Deepika Padukone and Ranvir Singh share a single frame.

Just ask yourself now if a film maker will ever be ready to make a film critical of the Rajput community, or of any ritual of any community? 
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So, if some of our youth now find Karni Sena on the wrong wicket, it will be only because there are no intimate scenes between Khilji and Padmawati, not because it created terror, violated rule of law, held people to ransom, made India cut a sorry figure globally. 
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Liberal media personalities have now virtually taken a stance that Karni Sena would have been right in administering public beatings to innocent Indian citizens, setting malls afire, smashing glass windows, vandalising theatres, and issuing assassination rate cards and threats of non-surgical chopping off of the part on a person's face containing nostrils used for breathing, smelling and scoffing at fake nationalist agendas, if, and if only, Deepika Padukone and Ranvir Singh had been in the same frame.

Clearly, I owe my nose to Sanjay Leela Bhansali now.

If the romance between Rana Rattan Singh and Padmawati had not been portrayed in so subtle or delicate a manner, Karni Sena had a very just cause for which it must be excused for falling back on the time honoured tradition of chopping women's noses -- that is the line propagated by liberal media now.
 
So, if some of our youth now find Karni Sena on the wrong wicket, it will be only because there are no intimate scenes between Khilji and Padmawati, not because it created terror, violated rule of law, held people to ransom, made India cut a sorry figure globally. 

Karni Sena would have been not just right, but righteous, if the movie had shown a romance, or even a whiff of romance, between Khilji and Padmawati. That's music for Karni Sena's ears. It knows it has ended all debate on Sexy Durga. Who will defend S. Durga now when they did not stand up for a 14 century queen's "i", leaving her to look like Padmaavat?
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Tomorrow, someone would want to make a movie on Thangjam Manorama (1970–2004), and the Indian Army will have a legitimate right to be shown the film first. The 17th Assam Rifles will have an even deeper interest in it. (Google it to find out why.)
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The liberals, with such defence, have made it clear that they cannot be counted on for support if someone were to make a film or deliver a speech questioning the notion of committing johar (self-immolation) as an indicator of pride. 

The worse question one can raise while criticising someone for demanding a ban on the film is — "Have you even seen the film?”

That would mean that if you have watched the film and have found a just cause, then forget the censor board, you should be heard and you have a plausible cause to vandalise.

The worst answer we can find is that we have watched the film, and it is beautiful. If it were not "beautiful” to them, then?

A democracy is strong only if you have the right to make a film that offends me. We need to stand up for the right of people to make films. Our right to watch them. Or not to watch them.

My sense of cinema comes from Kubrick, Coppola, Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Fellini, Scorsese, as a kid even George Lucas, lately even Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, and after Spotlight, even Tom McCarthy. 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is not on that list, and I doubt if he ever will be. But I will be less of a film lover if I did not stand up for his right to shoot Deepika and Ranvir in the same frame. And to take liberty with history.
 

Right now, it is the loony brigade that is taking liberties with history.

And then there is the demand that Bhansali should have first shown it to Karni Sena.
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Deepika’s midriff can become the touchstone of Indian democracy only when loonies move centre, and liberals absorb loony talk.
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Tomorrow, someone would want to make a movie on Thangjam Manorama (1970–2004), and the Indian Army will have a legitimate right to be shown the film first. The 17th Assam Rifles will have an even deeper interest in it. (Google it to find out why.)
 

Who all would demand to be shown first a film made on militancy in Kashmir? Hurriyat? The Indian State? The Abdullahs? Muftis? Mirwaiz? Gilani? Pakistan? Hafiz Syed?
 
Look around to see who all are you standing up for in television studios!

"The movie shows Rajput culture very nicely," is the worst thing to say to defend the rights of Indian citizens.

A pakoda seller has the right to call himself unemployed, or underemployed. That's the debate that makes us liberals. 

Our right to not see our Prime Minister being interviewed by disgraced, tainted journalists is the guarantee for our freedom of expression.

Deepika’s midriff can become the touchstone of Indian democracy only when loonies move centre, and liberals absorb loony talk.

It just happened on a channel near you.
 

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PADMAVAT – FIRST DAY, FIRST SHOW IN DAVOS
If only Modi had tweeted his First Day First Show plan from Davos
23.01.18 - Anita Pathania
If only Modi had tweeted his First Day First Show plan from Davos



ACROSS INDIA, government employees were looking forward to a long weekend. With the Republic Day falling on Friday, it meant three straight days of leisurely break from the humdrum of life. Tens of thousands of such employees knew about this extended holiday months in advance, in fact, years in advance, because even the Karni Sena could not prevent the Republic Day from falling on a Friday this year, and Saturdays and Sundays are a little difficult to push around.

So, thousands of these employees had made plans months in advance, booked train tickets, reserved hotel rooms, asked children to read up on planned tourism destinations. Kids had told their friends, and women had announced it to close knit groups.
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This time, she had secretly decided she would give in to her son's pleas. She knew her daughter-in-law was worried for her and she, too, wanted her to shift to Mumbai. "Main chutti le loongi, aap aa jao," the son's wife had pleaded with her.
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In most states, if one could take Monday and Tuesday off, then it could be six days in a row. Wednesday, January 31, is Guru Ravidas' b'day. 

Families had planned to be together. Someone's daughter had booked tickets to be with parents in Jaipur. Another's mother who lived alone in Delhi had planned to be with the son, working with a bank in Mumbai, for these three days. She had lost her husband at the age of 75 and now, living alone at home, missed her son. She had been resisting her son's repeated pleas of coming and living with him and his family, but had not brought herself up to leave the house where she spent decades with the man she lost.

This time, she had secretly decided she would give in to her son's pleas. She knew her daughter-in-law was worried for her and she, too, wanted her to shift to Mumbai. "Main chutti le loongi, aap aa jao," the son's wife had pleaded with her. She worked in a private sector firm. It was with much trepidation that train tickets were booked. She was to reach Mumbai on January 26.

Thousands of hotel rooms, thousands of flight tickets, railway journeys, safari trips, cabs, guides were booked. Kids had told a million tales about their impending trip. A particularly nasty nine year old urchin had refused to ride a camel along the road near Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake.

"Rajasthan mein loonga," he said, sobbing. 

He won't be doing that. And India's rulers should hang their heads in shame.
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Families made lists of what to take along, kids made promises to granny they will send a selfie everyday (one said every hour, even as dad told him not to touch the phone). Neighbours promised to water the plants. House help was told she will have a paid holiday. "Tankhwah nahi kaatoongee," Mrs Kuljinder had told Phoolmati.
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People scanned newspaper headlines for days. They surfed the channels for more than a fortnight. Families made lists of what to take along, kids made promises to granny they will send a selfie everyday (one said every hour, even as dad told him not to touch the phone). Neighbours promised to water the plants. House help was told she will have a paid holiday. "Tankhwah nahi kaatoongee," Mrs Kuljinder had told Phoolmati. For some reason, she always called her Kanta Bai, her favourite character in a TV serial. 

But news came in relentlessly. Every day. Karni Sena was all over. And the State seemed missing in action. Courts said run the movie, chief ministers were saying do not run the movie. Ministers were saying the movie is very bad, will not be allowed to run, no matter what. The top court was telling the government, clearly also the same ministers, that they should protect the people's right to watch the movie.

Anil Vij must be laughing.
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Official Hind Sarkar Spokesperson-In-Chief, Arnab Goswami, was shown the movie and he issued a certificate. Signed and stamped, this should have ideally meant as a pass into any multiplex for a party of 100, pop corns thrown in for free.
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Suraj Pal Amu had not withdrawn his offer of Rs. 10 crores to anyone who beheads Deepika Padukone and director of Padmavati/Padmavat Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

"The youth and warrior caste of this country have the strength to set every cinema on fire," Amu had said. He clearly believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Clean India" initiative, and wanted it to be cleansed of all corrupting influences.

One after the other, Chief Ministers had spoken against the movie. The Supreme Court's decision was a clear indictment of these chief ministers and also of the line up of scores of BJP leaders and their national spokespersons who had voiced objections to the movie and spoken the language of the Karni Sena, but the opposition had not even dared to demand that these CMs resign and the spokespersons refrain from showing their face on television screens.
 
Karni Sena continued to vandalize cinemas and malls. It started early and had vandalised the film's sets in January last year, topping it up with an assault on Bhansali himself in Jaipur.
 

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had also sided with the Karni Sena elements and took days before changing his tune. 

Even union ministers advocated that representatives of Karni Sena should preview the film. Official Hind Sarkar Spokesperson-In-Chief, Arnab Goswami, was shown the movie and he issued a certificate. Signed and stamped, this should have ideally meant as a pass into any multiplex for a party of 100, pop corns thrown in for free.

Finally, the Supreme Court gave its verdict: Run the movie. Give protection. Do not seek bans. (One had almost expected it to set up a larger bench and give the case to junior judges. But perhaps the Fantastic Four had closed that option with their presser.)
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It was January 23rd night. It rained in Chandigarh. Someone wondered if it had snowed in Shimla. The PM was in Davos. And there was a lot of snow in Davos. It was on the television screen. The little kid who wanted to ride a camel had been listening to his family discussing if they should finally cancel the hotel bookings.
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And then came the keeling over. The PM went to Davos. The Karni Sena went to work. And you know what goes to the dogs. The Republic. Not the one you watch on the screen. 

It was January 23rd night. It rained in Chandigarh. Someone wondered if it had snowed in Shimla. The PM was in Davos. And there was a lot of snow in Davos. It was on the television screen. The little kid who wanted to ride a camel had been listening to his family discussing if they should finally cancel the hotel bookings.

"It's not safe," everyone was telling everyone. 

Deepika Padukone went to Siddhivinayak temple to seek divine help. The help from the apex court didn't do much for her.

The recently widowed mom of the Mumbai based banker had cancelled her flight ticket. She may finally cancel her plans to shift to Mumbai altogether. If she had gone this time, perhaps things would have turned out differently.

"We should have planned to go to Manali," Mrs Kuljinder exclaimed. "It could snow. I have never seen snow falling."

And suddenly, there was snow. And also Narendra Modi. From Davos. He was telling the world India is ready.

"Only Karni Sena is," the daughter-in-law mumbled. She was really looking forward to convince mom. She always called her mom. "Modi should do something," she said.

Kids have by now found out Modi is powerful, and they think in the most innovative ways. "I have a plan if you promise to let me click and send selfies everyday to granny," said the 11-year-old. "Okay, but not every hour." Dad was being dad.

"Modi is so powerful, he should go and watch the movie first-day first-show with all his ministers and their wives and families. Then what will Karni Sena do?"

Brilliant! Dad was beaming. The kid was smart. He decided he will let him click a selfie every hour.

"In fact, he should tweet from this place itself where there is so much snow. He should tell the world I am going to watch Padmavat first day, first show. And he should take a hundred poor kids with him and give them all pop corn and pizza. Everybody will then get a message." 
 
"What school do they go to?" Mrs Kuljinder was asking. Her own kid is just three and she is always trying to find out which school turns out the smartest kids.

January 23. 9:45 pm IST. PM still in Davos. 

BREAKING NEWS: COMPROMISE -- shrieked the CNN News 18 television screen. Sudarshan channel's Suresh Chavhanke had watched Padmavat. And declared victory. "Bhansali has bent," he said. A day earlier, he had gone ballistic when denied entry into PVR Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, along with other media people.

Kids were crying, asking dads not to cancel hotel bookings. Mrs Kuljinder was keen to cancel the train reservations otherwise they will deduct too much money. A nation had found its answer. It was that it has no answers, and will have none when the world will ask if India is ready.

All because Modi did not tweet from Davos that he will watch Padmavat first day, first show.

Hotels in many states that spend millions to attract tourists are watching the bookings being cancelled. Cabbies are wringing their hands. Lions in safaris may not know, but they will have less disturbance during the long weekend.
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There is a special place in hell for those who take away the happiness of children, of families that plan to go on a holiday, of a daughter-in-law who wanted to convince mom to come and live with them.
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It is possible that men like Suresh Chavhanke broker a compromise. It is possible that TV screens start flashing in 160 point font size -- CRISIS AVERTED. It is possible Mrs Kuljinder's house help returns to work after learning of the change in holiday plans.

But it is not possible for India to look that boy in the eye and tell him truthfully why he will not be taking a camel ride in Jaipur.

Shame on those who did not do what a little kid could think of in a snap: Tweet your movie plans from Davos.

There is a special place in hell for those who take away the happiness of children, of families that plan to go on a holiday, of a daughter-in-law who wanted to convince mom to come and live with them.

You will have the company of Suraj Pal Amu in that hell. Congratulations.
 
 

 

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BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

OPEN SALE AT GNDU – Have Rs 25,000? Get your compartment cleared. Rs 50,000 for two subjects

SUCHA SINGH LANGAH : KAMAAL JAARI HAI... Sucha Singh Langah wins, even in his darkest moments

ABEY TU BAHAR NIKAL, CHOWK MEIN AA   The 10-yard-radius protest

PATIALA, VIA PANCHKULA. HAIL DEMOCRACY! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE   Will Govt Now Compensate The Magnificent Six? The Nation Needs to Know

MR HOME MINISTER, WILL YOU BE VISITING FAROOQ AHMAD DAR'S HOUSE? 

THE RYAN DEBATE: HOW INDIA MISSED THE GREAT CCTV ANGLE?  Not covered by cctv, so not covered by tv either

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF RETIREMENT AGE ROW   What’s wrong with retirement age policy?

THE GORAKHPUR DEAD SPEAK TO PUNJAB  From Patiala to Gorakhpur, the tale of the dead

WE WILL KILL 40-50 – Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

LET'S KILL PAASH – Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu on the importance of Paash

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace.

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: When Indian jawans killed everyone at Pak post

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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FRINGE GROUPS THREATEN VIOLENCE
Hours after SC lifts Padmaavat ban, Karni Sena men attack cinema hall
18.01.18 - TEAM PT
Hours after SC lifts Padmaavat ban, Karni Sena men attack cinema hall



Hours after the Supreme Court decided to cancel the ban imposed by some states on the release of film Padmaavat, Rajput Karni Sena workers on Thursday allegedly vandalised a cinema hall in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district.
 
The incident took place at Jyoti cinema hall in the city's Mithanpura police station area where the protesters came brandishing swords and wearing saffron head scarves, SHO Vijay Kumar said.

He said the Karni Sena activists raised slogans like 'Jai Maa Bhavani' and 'Padmaavat ko ban karo' as they tore down posters of the Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer which is based on the legend surrounding queen Padmini, the wife of 14th century Mewar king Ratan Singh who lost his kingdom to invading Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji.

Before departing, the protesters also warned the staff of the cinema hall not to screen the movie which is scheduled for release on 25 January, the SHO said, adding that no arrests have been made so far and investigations were on.
 
Earlier in the day, the apex court rejected notifications issued by Rajasthan and Gujarat governments banning the screening of the movie, clearing decks for its release on January 25 across the country. The bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra and also comprised of Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked other states not to issue such orders of banning the film in their states. "We direct that there shall be a stay of operation on the notification and orders issued and we also restrain other states from issuing such notifications or orders in this matter,” the bench said in its interim order.

Senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, who were representing filmmakers told the bench that states did not have any power to issue such orders when the film has been cleared by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The court then posted the matter for next hearing on the matter in March.Producers had approached the court challenging the order to four states, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, to ban the screening of the movie in their respective states. Representing Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the notifications were only issued only by Rajasthan and Gujarat.
 
Though the Bihar government did not order a ban on the movie, which has been accused by Rajput groups of portraying Padmini in an objectionable manner, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been advocating that the producer, the director and the star cast of "Padmaavat" clear the air on misgivings surrounding the Sanjay Leela Bhansali venture.
 
Speaking to reporters in Ujjain soon after the Supreme Court decision, Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi appealed to social organisations to help in not letting the film run on theatres across the country. "Will appeal to all social organisations in the country to help stop the film’s release across the country. People should impose curfew near cinema halls.”
 
Kalvi also made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the release of the controversial film, which threatens to disrupt the social fabric of the country.
 
Right-wing Hindu fringe groups across the country have threatened violent protests if the film is screened even as two of the four states said though they respect the top court order they will explore the option of filing an appeal.
 
Haryana health minister Anil Vij, who had earlier said he will not allow the movie to be screened, said the top court gave the decision without hearing their side. He added since "the Supreme Court is supreme we will abide by the decision... and see if there is a scope of appealing against it”.

The threats, however, continued to pour in from fringe Hindu right-wing activists, ranging from jauhar (mass self-immolation by women) to burning cinema halls that screen the film.
 
BJP’s Rajput leader Suraj Pal Amu, who had offered a Rs 10-crore bounty for beheading Padukone and Bhansali, said he will protest in a peaceful manner.

"The Supreme Court order has hurt the sentiments of lakhs and crores of Hindus. My protest will continue, even if I am hanged for it,” Amu said.

On November 29 last year, Amu had resigned as chief media coordinator of the BJP’s state unit, days after the party served a show cause notice to him for the Rs 10-crore bounty offer.

In Chhattisgarh, members of the Rajput community submitted a memorandum to state home minister Ramsewak Paikra, demanding a ban on the release of Padmaavat, saying cinema halls screening the film will be burnt down.

Featuring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharaja Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, the film was given a U/A certificate from CBFC recently and is slated to release on January 25..




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MODIFIES ITS 2016 ORDER
Playing national anthem in movie theatres not mandatory, says Supreme Court
09.01.18 - TEAM PT
Playing national anthem in movie theatres not mandatory, says Supreme Court



The Supreme Court on Tuesday said playing the national anthem before screening of a movie in cinemas was not mandatory any more, reversing an order issued more than a year ago.

The court left the decision to play the anthem to theatre owners a day after the Centre asked it to put on hold its November 2016 order that had made the anthem a must in cinemas.

"The interim order passed on November 30, 2016 is modified that playing of national anthem prior to screening of a film is not mandatory or directory,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
 
The bench said a 12-member inter-ministerial committee, set up by the Centre, would take a final call on the playing of the national anthem in the cinemas.
 
The Centre's decision had come after the top court had in October last year observed that the people "cannot be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves" and it cannot be assumed that if a person does not stand up for the national anthem, he or she is "less patriotic".

Observing that the society did not need "moral policing", the court had then said that next time, "the government will want people to stop wearing T-shirts and shorts to cinemas saying this would disrespect the national anthem."
 
However, if the anthem is played, patrons in the hall are bound to show respect by standing up. The court clarified that the exception granted to disabled persons from standing up during the anthem "shall remain in force on all occasions”.

The court, this time, instead of shooting from its own shoulders, banked on a Home Ministry order of 2015, which directs that "whenever the Anthem is sung or played, the audience shall stand to attention”.

"Playing of the anthem is directive, but showing respect is mandatory,” Chief Justice Misra orally observed.
 
The inter-ministerial committee, set up by the Centre, would come up with an extensive anthem code clearly listing out the dos and the don’ts, the court said, disposing of a public interest litigation (PIL).

The PIL had sought directions to the government to ensure the anthem was played in all cinemas, a protocol fixed for its singing and norms that specified what constituted disrespect and abuse of the song.

In an affidavit on Monday, the Centre asked the court to put on hold the November 2016 order, as it needed six months to come out with the anthem guidelines.

Giving the government a final say in the matter, the bench admitted it was not possible to give a list of occasions to play the anthem.
 
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision.

"I totally welcome the order of the Supreme Court. Under the previous order, many people were harassed, especially people from the minority community, who were physically handicapped were targetted by all so-called vigilantes who support the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)," he said.




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