The Organiser editorial praises the Muslims of Lonand in Maharashtra for showing the “real character of Indian Muslims”. Against the backdrop of the growing attraction among educated Muslim youth in the West for extremist Islam, the article pits an example from India: “…a group of Muslims in [the] tiny but economically vibrant town of Lonand… has shown the real character of Indian Muslims. They have completely shattered the fundamentalist version of Wahabi Islam propagated by the likes of [the] Islamic State and [the] Taliban…”
Pointing out that Maharashtra has almost a thousand-year-old Bhakti tradition, the editorial says that a day before Eid, the town’s Muslims held a meeting and decided to postpone Eid celebrations as a goodwill gesture: “As animal slaughtering would not have gone down well with the pilgrimage, this move was remarkable. The pilgrims also reciprocated by performing special programmes to appreciate the solidarity shown by local Muslims.” It adds: “When the IS tendencies are prevailing… and gaining maximum media attention, this small act of common Indian Muslims shows that the onus of restricting [the] monolithic caliphate of Wahabi Islam is on Bharatiya Islam. It is the Indian way of respect and acceptance, and not just tolerance…”
An article in the Organiser says the Centre is planning to implement a scheme for providing subsidy to farmers to help them pay premiums on crop insurance.
Pointing out that agriculture has become loss-making because of low prices, which are deliberately kept depressed, the article says crop insurance will protect farmers from such an eventuality: “The insurance company will pay compensation for the loss of crop and the farmer would be able to repay the loan.”
The article by Bharat Jhunjhunwala says, “I expect [the] Modi government to increase this to, say, 20 or 30 per cent. Let us say the government is kind and provides a hefty 50 per cent subsidy. The farmer would then get a relief of Rs 750 on a crop. I am certain this will still not attract the farmer because premium constitutes only a small fraction of the cost of insurance. [A] much bigger expense is incurred in navigating through the insurance bureaucracy.”
The author says making farmers bankrupt was a well-planned strategy of the Congress government. The article adds: “[The] danger in the present proposal is that the farmer may wind up getting tied in yet stronger chains. The farmer may get ensnarled in the web of insurance bureaucracy and spend his time and energy running after insurance companies instead of cultivating his lands.”
Apart from making money, what can a movie do? It can convey messages to the people, make a family sit together and awaken society. According to an Organiser editorial, Bahubali does all these. Lauding the movie and the message it conveys, the editorial raises questions for those filmmakers who use cinema to “sow the seeds of hatred and anti-nationalism”.
What kind of happiness and satisfaction do they get out of spreading vulgarism, depression and tension? What pleasure do they get out of advocating gang-war instead of patriotism? These are questions the editorial raises.
According to the editorial, Bahubali, instead, has given the country a pure Indian heartthrob — the hero is the right mix of Arjuna’s agility and Bhima’s physique. It’s not just a movie but a secret journey through Indian symbols, myths and legends.
Compiled by Liz Mathew