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Historical hysteria over Jodhaa Akbar
Published on : Monday, March 17, 2008
The Supreme Court's decision to clear Jodhaa Akbar, is heartening because there has to be a limit to fringe groups threatening business; but it is also sad because the silly protests were taken seriously by unprincipled politicians. History is always a clutter, bits we like and others that horrify us. We select those facets that seem inspiring and gloss over the undesirable bits. The protests by Rajput organisations against Jodhaa Akbar must be seen in this light. The problem is with reconciling distaste for the Mughals with an inter-faith liaison, writes Swapan Dasgupta in the Times of India
Freedom to offend
Published on : Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The Supreme Court has ruled that "freedom of expression protects not merely ideas that are accepted but those that offend, shock or disturb the state or any sector of the population. Such are the demands of the pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no democratic society". The decision of the MP government to ban Jodhaa Akbar is not only an onslaught on the freedom of expression but is in effect a surrender to intolerant lawless behaviour. It is a pernicious precedent, and the ban should be withdrawn at the earliest, writes Soli J. Sorabjee in the Indian Express
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