Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster movie Padmavati raised the hackles of the Rajput community across several states, who vandalised the film sets and threatened further violence, on the grounds that it distorted the history of Rajput Rani Padmini, and hurt their sentiments.
Various persons threatened specific targeted violence, like Mahipal Singh Makrana allegedly threatening to cut off Deepika Padukone’s nose if Padmavati was released, and Abhishek Som publicly announcing a reward of Rs 5 crore to the person who beheads Bhansali and Padukone.
There is a colloquial saying – ‘this house got burnt with its own (House Stove)’. I was reminded of this on the day when 4 judges held a press conference and mentioned serious charges against the Chief Justice. To add to the mystery, one of judge signatory now said publically – “an issue was raised. Those concerned have listened to it. Such actions would not occur again, and there is no need for outside intervention”. But now the press leakage of what transpired at the judges meet, reminds me of another. The water of seven seas will not be able to wash this stain.
BJP is feeling triumphant that it has got the Triple Talaq passed in Lok Sabha making it criminal offence, which is motivated by its communal approach and especially prejudice against the Muslims. I hope Rajya Sabha where it is in Minority will reject this mischievous legislation.
The horrifying incident of the burning alive of 46-year old, Mohammed Afzarul in broad daylight in a public space, on 6th December, 2017 in Mahasamund of Rajasthan, for the only reason that he was a Muslim, by Shambulal Regar aka Shambu Bhavani, highlights the dangerous depths to which the politics of hatred, intolerance and killing of minorities has descended to in India in the last 2-3 years of the present BJP led UPA government.