WB CM Mamata Banerjee slams Centre over censorship on Amartya Sen’s documentary

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."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 12, 2017 5:11 pm
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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.” She has also criticised the Modi government saying, “Every single voice of the opposition is being muzzled. Now, Dr Amartya Sen.” The film which was shot separately in 2002 and 2017 was scheduled to release on Friday.

The film ‘Argumentative Indian’ made by Suman Ghosh was flagged for the use of words like ‘Gujarat’, ‘Hindu India’, ‘Cow’ and ‘Hindutva view of India’. After the screening of the film at CBFC’s regional office in Kolkata on Tuesday, Ghosh was told that the film could be released with a UA certificate if he agreed to slash some controversial words which Sen made in the film in the context of present political scenario in the country.

Addressing the media, Director Suman Ghosh criticised CBFC’s directive saying, “It asked me to beep the word Gujarat as Sen was speaking about Gujarat riots in the documentary. Then it asked me to beep the word cow which in my opinion was very funny. We were also asked to beep words like Hindu and Hindutva. We objected to it. We know how films like Udta Punjab and Lipstick under My Burkha went into controversies following its dispute with CBFC regarding film certification. I don’t agree with what happened with these films and rightfully the opposition voice was raised. But I never thought such parameters would be followed in documentaries which is not a scripted movie and when it is about a person with such international stature. I was a bit shocked to experience this.”

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen told reporters in Santiniketan, “I have nothing to say on this as I have not directed this documentary. I am the subject of the documentary and being a subject of the movie I should not comment on this. The director will give his opinion on this. I don’t want to be a part of this discussion.” Prof Sen added, “If the government has reservation about the documentary then there could be the discussion on such reservation where others would place their opinion. I should not speak on this.”

Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee viewed the CBFC’s act as “fascism” and “foolishness”, saying, “This is nothing but foolishness. I don’t know why we still call ours a democratic nation when we don’t have the right to express our pinions and views. The person who has spoken such words is one who has such international repute. This is a kind of fascism. We cannot expect more from a government which bans eating beef.”

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  1. Raman Govindan
    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:45 am
    during leaders opposed it emergency, were arrested, the state govt. led by them were dismissed. The insinuation against NMody or Hindutwa by the persons or their ilks, were dismissed with by the electorate during 2014 election. repeating on those line may cause disturbance. CBFC has valid reasons to censor it if they approve it it indicates they agree with it. which they may not like. The leaders ,whether the ideas are censored or not, are repeating them in public , media and roof tops. they are not barred! Top intellectuals ike Amartya Sen, are toeing the lines of Dynasty.n it looks like they act like Bheeshmmacharya, Dronacharya etc. who were looked after well and with respect by Kauravas during Pandava's vanavas. they return the gra ude like the elders in Mahabarath war! they can use the analytical abilities to asses the situation and persuasive powers to correct them which they do not do.but their at ude stamps them apart from regular well wishers of the nation.
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      Iqbal
      Jul 13, 2017 at 7:07 am
      Cm madam pls don't creat any drama to issue of amartya sen. Once upon a time you were against him.
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        Mohit
        Jul 13, 2017 at 12:00 am
        Cold Blooded Murder of Democracy and Freedom taking place in the country under fascist Forces unleashing rein of Terror on Intellectuals, Dalits and Minorites. This will give chance to outside countries to take over India sooner or later taking advantage of division caused by those hungry for power and have no respect for cons ution.
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        1. Shyamal Ganguly
          Jul 12, 2017 at 10:01 pm
          Hindu Majority must make the rules for India. Rest are all anti-Indian Deshadrohi dushman and must be eliminated. Amartya is anti-Hindu, just like Mumtaz Begum.
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            ak dev
            Jul 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm
            A dictator and fascist Mamata has become a burden on Bengalis. She is highly intolerant but cries about intolerance of others. She has completely lost her moral right to remain the CM. Modi should sack her.
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              Sudhir
              Jul 13, 2017 at 12:03 am
              Dictator and Fascist sit in Delhi and their followers Lynching innocents under Jungle Raj. Mob Rule has taken over and democracy and freedom under threat.
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