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Questions on triple talaq in BHU exams

It seems that the Benaras Hindu University (BHU) functions on a totally different tangent. History students of the university were asked questions on triple talaq, Halala, Alauddin Khilji, and Rani Padmavati’s Jauhar.In the MA Second year history paper on Society and Culture in Medieval India, held on November 22, the students were asked “What do you mean by Johar tradition? Describe Rani Padmavati’s Jauhar in the period of Alauddin Khilji.” In the same paper they were also asked questions such as: “Discuss triple talaq and Halala as social evils in Islam” and “The rate of wheat fixed by Allauddin Khilji.”On the question on triple talaq, a student said, “There was nothing on triple talaq in our Medieval India studies syllabus. But special lectures were delivered on it. That is how we managed to answer the question. The class was part of a lesson on the wretched condition of women, especially Hindus, during the era of the Delhi sultanate.”A section of BHU students alleged that these questions were not a part of the medieval history syllabus, but featured in the question papers due to the ongoing controversy raging over these issues. Rajiv Srivastava, assistant professor, History, defended the questions asked in the paper. “All these questions are very much a part of medieval history. It was distorted and we are trying to teach the correct history,” he told mediapersons.

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BJP attacks Rahul Gandhi on Ayodhya issue

On the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition and barely three days left in the first-phase of Gujarat polls, the BJP turned ballistic in attacking Congress on Wednesday.The most vicious attack came from BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao who accused Congress President in waiting Rahul Gandhi for colluding with Babri Masjid Action Committee convenor Zafaryab Jilani and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi to oppose Ram temple in Ayodhya.Trying to provoke the Congress, Rao even called Rahul Gandhi a “Babar Bhakt” and a “Kin of Khilji”.”Rahul Gandhi has teamed up with Owaisis, Jilanis to oppose Ram temple in Ayodhya. Rahul Gandhi is certainly a “Babar Bhakt” & a “Kin of Khilji”. Babar destroyed Ram temple & Khilji plundered Somnath. Nehru dynasty sided with both Islamic invaders. Travesty & Perversity of dynasty!” Rao tweeted in both Hindi and English.
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After threats, authorities cover up ‘incorrect’ plaque about Padmavati in Chittorgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s a chill in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati).In a knee-jerk reaction, the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threats from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to break it down as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story is incorrect. Also, hundreds including women courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains on the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaLokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in Belgium and France that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army, the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said.
ALSO READ Death over dishonour: What the Padmavati furore is aboutAs part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.
ALSO READ Alauddin Khilji was a brutal ruler, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not glamorise himAccording to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.”Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”

Padmavati: It’s murder, my brother can’t commit suicide, says brother of Nahargarh Fort victim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the mysterious death of a man with threat notes engraved at the Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort on Friday, brother of the deceased believes the victim was murdered and demanded a probe into the matter.Ram Ratan Saini, brother of the man who was found hanging at the Jaipur fort with death notes engraved in protest of Bollywood movie ‘Padmavati’, also said the death has nothing to do with the note written in the rocks. “My brother cannot commit suicide, it appears to be a murder. Will demand for an investigation into the death. He has nothing to do with it (threat note written on rocks #Padmavati ),” said Ram Ratan Saini, brother of the deceased. Chetan, a resident of Jaipur’s Shastri Nagar, was found hanging on the ramparts of the fort with threat messages. One message read ‘Padmavati ka Virodh’ and other one said ‘we don’t burn effigies, we hang people’. Another message saying ‘Chetan Tantrik mara gaya’ was also written near the body. Each messages were linked to the most controversial Padmavati row.The incident came to light when morning walkers saw the body hanging some 500 feet above the ground and informed the police. It was presumed that the man had committed suicide, but on checking the spot and seeing the messages the police are suspecting some foul play.Police are investigating whether it’s a suicide or a murder.Fringe groups like Rajput Karni Sena (RKS), who have been demanding nationwide ban on Padmavati’s release, have denied any involvement in the matter. They have earlier threatened violent protests, to cut off actor Deepika Padukone’s nose and burned effigies of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opus magnum has been in the centre of storm over it’s release as protestors claim the movie has ‘distorted’ historical facts.The film tells the story of Rajput queen Rani Padmini who burned herself to avoid being captured by the Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji. Amid rumours of the romantic dream sequence between the legendary Rajput queen and Khilji, several political leaders and outfits have protested against the film’s release. Some states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat has already banned the screening of the film in the state.Other states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have urged the filmmakers to make the necessary changes in the film to avoid any historical facts being distorted and not show any objectionable content.The film was slated for release on December 1. But, it was confirmed that Bhansali’s period drama has been delayed. The film was submitted to the CBFC for certification but it was returned to the makers because of ‘incomplete application’.The production house, Viacom18 motion pictures, sent out an official release on Sunday confirming the delay in the release of Padmavati.

Change film or face ‘ban’: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ will not hit the screens in Rajasthan till the alleged ‘distorted’ facts are removed from the narrative, chief minister Vasundhara Raje said on Monday night. A statement released by the chief minister office (CMO) quotes that home minister Kataria apprised to Raje that film distributors in Rajasthan have willingly ‘shelved’ process to take the movies’ rights.Amid growing protests over ‘Padmavati’ movie, the home minister Gulab Chand Kataria convened a high-level meeting with senior officials of the department, including DGP Ajit Singh, home secretary Deepak Upreti to take a ‘decision’ on the movie.Though no decision on banning the film was taken in the meeting, however the officials seriously mulled the provisions mentioned under various laws which could prohibit its screening before the release nod was given by Censor board.“We discussed in the meeting under which laws we can ‘act’ over the movie. We will not take a decision in haste and another meeting will be held on Tuesday,” the minister said.The BJP government swung into action after its neighboring state Madhya Pradesh officially decided to ban its release.Sources in the home department said Raje government has started preparations to ban Padmavati in Rajasthan. “This was an official meeting to discuss the matter officially. In Tuesday’s meeting, the final call will be taken noting various provisions. The officials were told to work on it,” said a source in the department.Attempt to hurt sentiments: SwamyRajya Sabha MP Subraimaniam Swamy said, “Few people fund movies depicting distorted history with intention to hurt sentiments of Hindus, the movie PK was also such an attempt. The movie will also tend to showcase that the invader Khilji was not as atrocious as history claims. He said that through distorted history these people tend to damage understanding of local people about their history.

Padmavati row: MNS says no protest for the sake of it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While political parties and caste groups are united in their opposition to the soon to be released movie ‘Padmavati,’ the Raj Thackeray led MNS has surprisingly refused to join the bandwagon. “Our stand is that we will not oppose the movie or condemn it before watching it or before the release,” said Ameya Khopkar, who heads the MNS cine wing. He added that they would watch the movie and “in case of objections,” discuss them with film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for a remedy. The movie is based on the legend Rani Padmavati, the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh of Mewar, whose kingdom was invaded by Sultan Allauddin Khilji for capturing Padmini, who eventually committed jauhar.The MNS has in the past threatened Pakistani actors in the country and warned them if retribution. Last year, the MNS cine workers wing had also protested against film maker Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ as it started Pakistani actor Fawad Khan and opposed singing reality shows featured artistes from the neighbouring country. It has also protested the “wrong depiction” of Maharashtrians in Hindi sitcoms and serials.

Now, Brahmins oppose Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If opposition from the Rajputs and some sections of the Congress was not enough, the Brahmins too have launched an offensive against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Padmawati. They have demanded that the Rajasthan government ban the film and ensure that it is not released.State president of the Sarv Brahmin mahasabha Suresh Mishra said Bhansali’s attempt to smear the image of the valiant queen for the commercial success of his film will not be accepted. In a statement issued by the organisation it was said that 16,000 women had laid down their lives to protect their honour and no attempt to misconstrue the history will be accepted.Speaking to DNA Mishra said: “One famous director of Bollywood has called me on behalf of Bhansali and asked us about our demands. I have categorically told him that the film must be shown to a 15-member panel of experts from the state. The panel should include subject experts from history. If they give a green signal that the film does not distort historical facts and has no imaginary love scenes between Allaudin Khilji and Rani Padmawati, only then will we take back our opposition.”He said, “We have given them time till November 15 to accede to our offer. Otherwise we will go ahead with our plans.” Elaborating on his future plans, Mishra said: “We will write to all cinema halls of the state; from multiplex to single screen and request them to not release the film. We will mobilise our district units and ask them to ensure that the film is not released.”When asked about the various organisations that were already protesting against the soon to be released film, Mishra said, “We will all the join forces to oppose distortion of the valour and dignity of Rajasthan.”

VHP to organise statewide stir in Uttar Pradesh to ban Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday announced that it would not allow the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali’s Padmavati in Uttar Pradesh. Senior VHP leader Rakesh Varma alleged that the film glorified foreign invaders such as Alauddin Khilji and casts aspersions on Rajasthan’s royalty The VHP had burnt film’s posters in Gonda district on Friday and plans to launch a statewide stir against the film.The film is based on Rajasthan’s queen Rani Padmavati who burnt herself alive when barbaric ruler Alauddin Khilji forcibly attempted to make her his wife.“The film is an insult to Rani Padmavati. The film maker has made an attempt to distort the history. The VHP will not allow this to happen. We will not let the movie to be shown in any theatre in Uttra Pradesh,” warned the BJP leader.The film has been in controversy since beginning. During its shooting in Jaipur, unruly members of Karni Sena had disrupted the shooting. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was even assaulted by the mob. Later, the film unit had to pack up from Jaipur and shot the movie in Mumbai.The film is slated to release on December 1.

Padmavati is distorting facts, say agitators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of Shree Rajput Karni Sena on Saturday agitated in front of Rajmandir cinema hall in Jaipur against soon to be release Bollywood film Padmavati. The protesters raised slogans and burnt the film’s promotional posters.The agitators are demanding that the movie be showed to the organisation before the release.Narayan Singh Divrala, District President of Shree Rajput Karni Sena, said that if there has been any distortion of historical facts and if Padmavati has been insulted, the movie will not be allowed to released.Divrala claimed that Padmavati is shown as a beloved of Khilji, which is distortion of important historical facts, and also the reason behind the organisation’s move to oppose the film’s release.Bollywood film Jodha Akbar had also faced similar threats during its release in 2008.Protests were carried out and posters of the movie were burnt. In fact, the protests had started since 2006 when the crew had landed in Jaipur for a shoot. Similar controversy regarding distortion of historical facts had erupted, which had lead to non-screening of the movie in theaters across the state.This is not the first time, however, that Padmavati is facing protests. Recently, when the movie’s poster was released on Thursday , a day prior to that on Wednesday, actor Ranveer Singh had tweeted, “Rani Padmavati padhar rahee hai…kal suryoday ke saath.”Replying to this, twitter account @karni_sena claiming to be the official account of Rajput Karni Sena had replied,” Rani Padmavati agar Rani Padmavati bankar padhar rahee hain to swagat hai, varna rukawat ke liyey khed hoga,”While earlier this year, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly roughed up and the set of his under-production film Padmavati vandalised by members of a Rajput organisation when the shooting was in progress at the Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur in January.

Preserving 1,000 years of the Capital’s history

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Located close to the Qutub Minar, the Mehrauli Archaeological Park is one of the most important historical sites in the city today. In a recent report, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has named 127 monuments in the park as heritage monuments, of which six structures have been declared as centrally protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and 17 declared as heritage monuments of state importance by the State Archaeological Department.Such heritage, say officials, ensures the park has the ability to be a world class heritage park. Unfortunately, the park remains largely forgotten by people in the Capital.”The Mehrauli Archaeological Park has the potential to be a really world class urban heritage park. If the various stakeholders can work together, it is a great opportunity to show how the preservation of natural and built heritage can contribute to sustainable development in an urban setting by providing valuable recreational green space and adding to the tourist potential of the city,” says Swapna Liddle, Convenor, INTACH.The other problem is that of vandalism. Liddle points out that INTACH had been raising this issue for years with the concerned authorities with little result. As a result, INTACH filed a PIL in 2015 after which the High Court has directed DDA, the owner of the park, to take appropriate steps to fence the entire area and prevent it from encroachments.In their directive, the court said: “The Court is of the opinion that a comprehensive management plan should be prepared for the improvement and management of the park. The management plan would contain essential elements such as the identification of officials from all the concerned agencies such as ASI, DDA, SDMC, Delhi Waqf Board, Government of NCT of Delhi, Delhi Police, Delhi Jal Board as well as the petitioner/INTACH.”The Delhi Police shall ensure that no further encroachment is made. It shall also ensure that at the time of fencing, especially in the western side, appropriate photographs are taken to mark the extent of encroachment so that if the need arises in future, necessary action can be taken.”It is crucial that action is taken so that the park retains its glory and preserves its past, as it has over 1,000 years of history housed within it. Almost all the dynasties that have ruled Delhi from the Khilji, Tughlaq, Lodhi and Mughal dynasty to the British Raj are represented here.From the Lal Kot wall built by Anang Pal Tomar in the mid-11th century, to British-era structures of the 19th century, it is the most important area in the history of the Capital. It has to be maintained and preserved before it is too late.Fast FactsMehrauli Park127 monuments1,000 years of history covered6 ASI protected17 heritage monuments of stateProblemsLack of co-ordinationbetween agenciesVandalism of monumentsTrash around the monuments& AnalysisIt is a mistake to ask the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) or civic agencies to preserve heritage sites. The Delhi Archaeology needs to look after all the monuments.Heritage walks to the monuments need to start alerting people about the problems faced and possible solutions. Delhi has no shortage of experts and volunteers are eager to do their bit. Agencies should get them involved.

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