Extremism on the rise in India, Hindu fanatics on the prowl


NEW DELHI Nov 23 (TNS): In India, the Hindu fanatics are threatening the movie makers of Padmavati for beheading director Sanjay Leela Bhansali including actors Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh of chopping their heads and noses including a Rs 10 million bounty by BJP if released in the country.

The extremist outfits have objections on portraying Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji.

The rising tide of Hindu fanaticism spearheaded by RSS and other extremist organizations are wreaking havoc with the minorities specially Muslims.

The movie depicts the by-gone Muslim era somewhat positively infuriating the extremist Hindu organizations who have been calling for stoppage of screening of movie in Cinema houses across the country.

The cow vigilantes have been targeting Muslims on the pretext of slaughtering cows and eating their meat. After coming into power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there has been a paradigm shift in India’s landscape with extremists’ outfits dominating the political narrative of the BJP government. Observers believe that Modi government policies are being dictated by organizations like RSS and Sangh Parivar making lives of the minorities difficult in the so called secular India.

The film’s crew is facing several death threats, including a Rs 10 million bounty for beheading Bhansali and Padukone offered by a Haryana BJP leader. The film’s release was put off last Sunday in the face of the protests.

Gujarat joined Madhya Pradesh in banning Bollywood film Padmavati as the Hindu extremism organization Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) backed protesters and said it will tell filmmakers to not hurt Hindu sentiments.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani told reporters that his government would not allow Padmavati to be released because it hurt the sentiment of the Hindu community.

A parliamentary panel has sought a report from the information and broadcasting ministry and the censor board. The panel has referred the matter to the information and broadcasting ministry and the censor board. It has also asked them to submit a report before November 30.

Padmavati is based on the story of Rani Padmini, who performed jauhar to evade capture from Alauddin Khilji and his army after they breeched the fort of Chittor. Jauhar is a Hindu custom of self-immolation by women in several parts of India to avoid capture and enslavement by foreign invaders in the event of defeat during a war.

The movie is said to be based on the epic poem Padmavati written by Sufi poet Malik Mohammad Jayasi way back in 1540.

Protests have spread to as many as eight states from political groups to national parties to royals, pitching in and speaking against the film. They are veering towards imposing a ban on the film.