If the Modi government has set up a committee to examine ancient India, it is to be welcomed. But, we must hope that there are real historians and scholars who constitute it and not the kind of pamphleteers who flock to the RSS.
If inclusiveness is the touchstone of a Republic, what is characteristic of India today is how increasingly large constituencies are being excluded from the nation. Muslims and Dalits have been hounded, garroted, and lynched
"We see today the rise of exclusive politics and discourses of division. We see diversity being rejected as a source of weakness. "We see myths of 'pure' cultures of lore being gloried, fuelled by ignorance and sometimes hatred. We see others being scapegoated and repressed."
West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee said among diverse faiths and beliefs comprising Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs or Jains we should work towards humanity and maintain communal harmony to fight against intolerance and polarization.
New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Recently in an event, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan said that his 'controversial' remark on intolerance was totally misunderstood and, therefore, it is quite natural for people to react in such a way.He also blamed media for spreading misguided statement that he and Kiran want to leave the country because it is intolerant, whereas he has never said anything like that.To support his statement, Aamir asked people to take a look on the kind of work he has done in his career.The actor also insisted that for him it was impossible to pass any such statement about a country for he belongs to the family of great freedom fighter Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad.Adding to the comment of Aamir Khan, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra said that the word 'intolerance' has become a fashion.Aamir and Rakeysh were seen celebrating the 10-year journey of their 2006 film, 'Rang De Basanti.' To mark the occasion, the entire cast of the film, Aamir , Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth and Waheeda Rehman along with Rakeysh and producer Ronnie Screwvala, launched a book which includes the screenplay, lyrics, story board and anecdotes from the film along with some exclusive interviews of AR Rahman, Aamir and Prasoon Joshi.
New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Directed by Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra, youth iconic film 'Rang De Basanti' has completed 10 years of its release. To mark the occasion, the cast of the film, Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth and Waheeda Rehman along with Rakeysh and producer Ronnie Screwvala, launched a book which includes screenplay, lyrics, story board and anecdotes from the film along with some exclusive interviews of A R Rahman, Aamir and Prasoon Joshi. The cast also spoke about some memories related to the shoot of the film and how special the movie has remained for each one of them. Giving an example of an incident, Siddharth expressed how unhappy he was that his role in the film influenced youngsters to smoke. As the film completed 10 years of its release, the star cast, including Aamir, Sharman and Siddharth danced to the tune of popular 'Pathshala' song along with choreographer Ganesh Acharya. The film, which speaks about the contemporary showcase of the Indian history, over the period of 10 years, has become a cult in history of Indian cinema.