The book, a historical fiction, had mentioned a romantic relationship between Rani Lakshmibai and British officer Robert Ellis. It was banned in Uttar Pradesh in February 2008 by the then Mayawati-led government.
While Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje did not comment, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said, “We respect the mandate and will analyse where we were lacking in each of the three seats. We can gain the support of the people once again.''
Kalyan Singh is most known for being the chief minister in whose term the Babri Masjid was demolished in Uttar Pradesh. The Liberhan Commission that probed the demolition had severely indicted his role.
“The attack on the school bus was not an act by any Rajput or Hindu group. I am absolutely sure that Bhansali and his network are behind the attack. It is not the dharma of a Rajput or a Kshatriya to attack children,” said Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi.
Travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer talks about the place of literature in a divided world. "At this time when so many of us are really concerned about wars and travel bans, literature is more indispensable than ever, precisely because the imagination is no respecter of boundaries or fences," he says.
What is the Rajput ‘army’ that can defy the Supreme Court and bring state governments to their knees over a film? Why are they angry, and why are both the Rajasthan BJP and Congress wary of taking them on? The Indian Express explains
“Those who want to watch should leave the state. They are not worthy of living in Rajasthan. Anyone who can’t save his sisters and daughters cannot have Rajasthani blood and is not a Rajasthani," Shri Rajput Karni Sena chief said.
VHP leader Togadia, 61, an oncologist himself, reportedly went missing from the VHP headquarters in the Paldi area of Ahmedabad Monday morning, was found mysteriously at Kotarpur, close to the Ahmedabad airport.
When the matter was listed again on Friday, Nishant Bora, who represented the petitioners, told The Indian Express that the court said that “in order to substantiate or disprove the allegations, a discreet screening of the movie is required”.
Padmavat screening: Stating that the decision was taken to “respect the emotions of public in the state”, Vasundhara Raje instructed Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria to ensure that Padmavat is not screened in the state.
This year, the Jaipur Literature Festival will feature a spectacular line-up of speakers including Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter from The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team Michael Rezendes; Sahitya Akademi Award winner Mridula Garg; New York Times bestselling poet and illustrator Rupi Kaur, among others.
In a statement released on Saturday, Raje’s office said that she wrote a letter to Irani “urging her that the movie should not be released till necessary changes are made so that sentiments of any community are not hurt”. The movie is scheduled for release on December 1.
Jaipur’s Additional District Education Officer Deepak Shukla confirmed that government and private schools in Jaipur have been asked to “help” organisers of the fair by getting students to attend it, and said it was upon the directions of Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vasudev Devnani.
Khurshidan now has five daughters and four sons. “She is at home now and our parents, father Shahabuddin and mother Chandri, are taking care of her. But our parents are old and still shaken from the death,” said Ummar’s brother Shoukeen, 25.