Monday, June 25, 2018

Editorial, "FICTIONAL FARCE AND FALSE PRIDE", in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, 31January 2018, Vol. 14, Part 1, No. 2 issue


of Rajputs in some North Indian States, deliberately incited and inflamed by certain obscurantist fundamentalist organizations like the Karni Sena, have created a serious disturbance in the Indian socio-political scenario. And this utter chaos and terror seems to be just a guise for an extorting and inciting campaign to further certain nefarious political and monetary ends. The film Padmavath is based on Sufi poet Malik Mohammed Jayasi’s poem on a beautiful Sinhalese princess who marries the Rajput Raja Rattan Singh and when a victimized and turned-disloyal Brahmin influences and allures the Muslim ruler with the tales of wealth, and the excelling beauty of the Rani to invade and destroy the Rajput kingdom, that ends in a tragedy of hundreds of Rajput women led by Padmavathi self-immolate themselves – a sort of mass-Sati in anticipation of the defeat and deaths of their men-folk and fear of consequent rapes, tortures and humiliations on them. And to sustain this incredible fiction woven some 2 centuries after the so-called event, the self-proclaimed defenders of Hindu faith and Rajput pride, encouraged and even aided by the ruling party and its front organizations, have created such an anarchy and terror in North India at least that even the Supreme Court had to intervene to protect the precious fundamental right of freedom of expression and even right to life and property being destroyed. It is not without truth and justice that the Pakistani daily Dawn rued: “the makers of Padmaavati have shamelessly played into the narratives of extremists, casting the Muslim Sultan of Delhi as a capricious barbarian who happily murders his way to power,” whereas “according to history, Khilji was a civilized man, a brave solider and clever tactician who saved India from Mongol hordes six times.” Also as commented elsewhere, “…if Jauhar is not condemned, the film as a message is worthless and even dangerous. …doubt whether it was a voluntary compact suicide at all and at least many of the so-called self-immolators might have been forcibly thrown into the fires. And Rajputs are also migrants to this country, settled and assimilated in the religion here, not that great warriors or protectors of/fighters for Hindu religion as being trumpeted, but many of them … cooperated with and served Mogul Emperors. Several gave their women in marriage to Muslim emperors and kings too.It is extremely important that we the people of India should not be misled and incited by such stories of fictional farce, false pride and hate ideologies and destroy our secular democratic libertarian fabric.  §§§

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