The news: Jodha Akbar, Bus Permit etc

They spotted Bhajji eating bananas, and thus started the latest round of monkey gesture allegations. From now on, a program director from Animal Planet channel will accompany media-men as they keep watch on Bhajji, his habits and gestures. Bihar will boycott all movies made in Bollywood, and Raj Thackrey, in turn, will force Mumbai-wallahs to make only Marathi movies. Whatever.

In the middle of all the news in papers over last month, here are 2 smallish items I have hand-picked for you. One of them said that Supreme Court has prevented UP state government from stopping screening of Jodha-Akbar in that state. UP banned Jodha Akbar for the most un-democratic of reasons – “to maintain law and order”. Wonder whose job it is to maintain law and order, and the right to freedom of expression? SC judges agreed, though March 14 is when we will hear more on this interesting petition.

Organizing 20-30 unemployed youths (lallan style, refer Yuva) to disrupt any damn thing you want seems to be the easiest thing to do today, especially for ruling parties. This culture may have originated in Bihar or elsewhere, but is getting overdone now. We have ruling political parties organizing bandhs in their own states (DMK a recent example), state governments shutting down businesses because they can’t guarantee law and order (UP, Reliance Fresh), people getting beaten up next to TV cameras (yeh mumbai hai bhai) etc etc.

The second one involves the Supreme Court again. SC fined Himachal Pradesh ex-CM Rs 1 lakh for granting out of turn bus-permit to a fellow Congress leader. Quoting from ET:

Setting aside the HP government order, the court said, “in the matter of grant of permit to individual applicant, the state has no say. The chief minister or any authority, other than the statutory authority, therefore, could not entertain an application for grant of permit nor could issue any order thereupon”.

One verdict like this isn’t enough to weaken the power and appeal of “Political connections”, but still, sort of a landmark judgment, isn’t it?

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  1. […] Hiram7 Review wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt They spotted Bhajji eating bananas, and thus started the latest round of monkey gesture allegations. From now on, a program director from Animal Planet channel will accompany media-men as they keep watch on Bhajji, his habits and gestures. Bihar will boycott all movies made in Bollywood, and Raj Thackrey, in turn, will force Mumbai-wallahs to make only Marathi movies. Whatever. In the middle of all the news in papers over last month, here are 2 smallish items I have hand-picked for you. One o […]

  2. There are too few instances of such rulings from our courts. But these are landmark judgments nevertheless.

    It’s time the people took our rights more seriously. Everytime the govt or the political parties do something in the garb of “maintaining law and order” or to prevent “outrage of public morality” and violate our rights, we need to move the courts till everyone realizes that these rights are sacrosanct in our constitution. This is a start.

  3. We seem to be taking offence very easily nowadays. Frankly, if someone thinks he is going to be offended by Jodha Akbar, or Lajja or the Satanic Verses or by a painting, he is free not to look at it/read it/watch it. Imposing his version of morality onto me is unfair.

    This is getting out of hand and each of us needs to stop it in our own small way.

    Srivathsa

  4. Exactly, movies and books are not free, you have the option of ignoring them. If its about taking offence, I have N things to question and protest about the history we teach in our schools. I have a bunch of ads on free TV channels to protest about (ranging from “son listening to music on phone while his dad yells at him” to “guy trying to cut his private parts oh o, garment labels off”). I have a bunch of cheap advertisement hoardings to object at.

    There are so many better and worthy outlets for all this energy (or goondagiri), relatively speaking, Jodha Akbar type protests are a waste.

  5. Yes, the protests are getting out of hand – especially the morality imposing kinds, which are also the ones that get my goat!

    Landmark judgments seem to be more now than ever before, is what I am beginning to think from my limited knowledge.

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