A documentary on Amartya Sen called The Argumentative Indian by award winning filmmaker Suman Ghosh has been ordered to mute several words like cow, Gujarat, Hindu India and Hindutva by Central Board of Film Certification led by Pahlaj Nihalani who wants Ghosh to calm down.
Now, a top CBFC regional office source said, “We had issued the notice to Ghosh yesterday recommending six phrases of the documentary to be muted. We sent it online. Now it is up to him. He can even move the review committee if he wants.”
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Suman Ghosh’s documentary based on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen book The Argumentative Indian has been mired in controversy. The Central Board of Film Certification had asked him to cut a few words from the documentary like cow, Gujarat, Hindu India and Hindutva.
“It (CBFC) asked me to bleep out the word ‘Gujarat’ as Sen was speaking on the Gujarat riots in the documentary. Then it asked me to bleep out the word ‘cow’, which, in my opinion, was very funny. We were also asked to bleep out words like Hindu and Hindutva. We objected to this,” said Ghosh.
Condemning Central Board of Film Certification’s censorship on the documentary made on Amartya Sen, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has tweeted, “If somebody of his stature cannot express himself freely, what hope does the common citizen have.”
Taking a stance against the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), filmmaker Suman Ghosh will not release his documentary ‘Argumentative Indian’ in Kolkata this weekend as scheduled. The film documents the life of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.
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“I don’t think this is RBI’s decision. This must be Prime Minister’s …I don’t think RBI decides anything at this time,” said Sen.
We have a tradition of tolerance and plurality. But we — and the courts — have to work hard to preserve it
Sen said, “right now in the country, there is a sense of division which has often been cultivated along communal lines so much so that the word secularism is often used as a bad word”.
Amartya Sen says it is not being critical of the SC to say we want a Constitutional Bench (on the Panchayat ruling) and we want the wisdom of the SC to get full play on this
Economist, philosopher, thinker, Sanskrit scholar and activist, the tireless Sen wears many hats.
“… the persons chosen for heading institutions of national importance have been exceptionally dedicated to promoting Hindutva priorities,” said Amartya Sen.
The pervasive elitism of higher education institutions has to be challenged. But their further decimation must also be resisted.