Padmavati row with an eye on Gujarat polls: Swami Agnivesh

Padmavati row: "This [ban] is happening in BJP-ruled states and all these activities are happening in view of Gujarat elections. It looks that polarisation politics is being done through this movie," Swami Agnivesh said.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published: December 2, 2017 7:58 am
swami agnivesh, indian express Swami Agnivesh (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

Stating that there should be no restrictions on any form of media, including cinema, social activist Swami Agnivesh Friday said the attempts like ban on Bollywood film Padmavati was happening in view of Gujarat elections.

“This [ban] is happening in BJP-ruled states and all these activities are happening in view of Gujarat elections. It looks that polarisation politics is being done through this movie. We have studied in history that Hitler used to do such things and we also know what fate he met. There should be no restriction on media or the cinema,” Agnivesh said in Chandigarh Friday while announcing a three-day Veda convention to be held in New Delhi this month.

“These CMs who protested against the movie and supported the ban on it have not seen the film yet, be it Shivraj Singh Chouhan in MP, Vijay Rupani of Gujarat, Vasundhara Raje Rajasthan and Yogi Adityanath in UP. They should first watch the movie,” he said.

Asked about rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Agnivesh demanded against political leaders who met him to seek votes during the elections. “Action should be taken against those who have given Rs 50 lakh to him, those who went along with Cabinet to thank him…”, Agnivesh said.

Commenting on the Kerala woman Hadiya who had converted to Islam and whose marriage with a Muslim man was annulled by Kerala High Court, Agnivesh said restrictions should not be imposed on her.

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  1. L
    Dec 3, 2017 at 1:33 am
    Movie set up and story are based on a fiction. It shows the valor of Rajput king and fidelity of his Queen who loved her honor over her life. I have been reading about this fiction in school history text book in 1946wrongly inserted by British and objected by Hindus of Gujrat where I was in Middle school. Swami jee is right. We are fighting fic ious shadow drunk by Modism and insulting the reasoning.
    1. R
      Dec 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm
      This crook is a maoist anti-Hindu pest, should wear red color stuff rather than spoiling the sanc y of saffron color, the color of agni/sacrifice and valor used by most Indic faiths like Buddhism,Sikhism and Hinduism as holy color.
      1. H
        Dec 2, 2017 at 11:35 am
        Mr swami can u tell why film maker, media should not have limits. U r swami, u does not know everything in world have limits. Absolute power always spoils. Media persons film makers try to make money showing anything even they can make film on their mother. It must be curbed they can not be allowed to disturb the peace and harmony of society. Mr swami it shows u r also very low thinking, basically a politician type person. Not a real baba /swami.
        1. M
          Dec 2, 2017 at 11:33 am
          Padmavati picture will be released soon after Gujarat assy election results, so no need to worry. BJP's ads and marketing committee is much more stronger and used to planned well before any elections. PM of BJP is all the time he is busy with elections and foreign tours. Purpose of this govt is to capture power and establish BJP offices in every gram panchayat and they 80 percent already done it.
          1. Rajesh N
            Dec 2, 2017 at 9:54 am
            Dear Swamy, please stop wearing saffron. You are a disgrace to Hindus and Hinduism.
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