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Xmas cheer spreads over Capital

For the last over one week, the Capital has been drenched in white and red, in anticipation of Christmas that falls on Monday. From malls to restaurants to markets, cutting across religions, the Yuletide spirit has taken over the Delhiites.Keeping in pace with the festive cheer and drawing awe from visitors, luxury hotels in the city have put up specially decorated trees. Spinning decorations around the birth of Jesus Christ and other symbols associated with Christmas, such as gingerbread houses, these hotels are a telling example of marrying secularism with festivity.For instance, Westin Gurgaon has set up a sustainable 17.5 ft tree made from 500 beer bottles and festive paraphernalia, such as reeds and caps. The Oberoi in Gurgaon is attracting kids with its 20 feet gingerbread house, made from 300 kg sugar, 400 kg flour, 250 kg honey, and 10 kg spices, including ginger powder, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, not to mention 550 eggs.Prominent malls in Delhi, such Select City Walk, DLF Promenade, and DLF Emporio, are celebrating the festival with Santa Claus regaling young and adults alike. The Santa can be seen granting wishes and goodies to eager shoppers, who are making the best of seasonal sales.According to salespersons in malls, people have been spending the way they would have had on Diwali. Ravi Kumar, a salesperson at a high street fashion brand, said: “The festive cheer is exactly the way it is during Diwali. It is no longer a festival celebrated only by Christians.”Meanwhile, some organisations are also spreading warmth and cheer among the underprivileged. The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel is playing host to children from the NGO Saksham Kids. The children were treated with delectable appetisers and beverages, and they decorated trees, cut the Christmas cake and received surprise gifts from Santa.Eateries in markets such as Khan Market, Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, and Greater Kailash-I have curated special menus.

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For most film and ad shoots, it’s no JOY-PUR

It’s not for the first time that shooting of the movie has created controversy in the city. In past also either the historical monuments of the city or public sentiments there has been a damaged or hurt, as a repercussion the film units had to face the ire of the local people.On Thursday, a unit of film Dhadak starring Jhanvi Kapoor had to face the opposition of local people after a chajja was damaged in the 5000-year-old Ambikeshwar Mahadev mandir in Amber and people getting to know cooking of meat near the temple. Locals informed that the unit was not seen in the vicinity of the temple of Friday, however, it was learned that shooting was going on in other parts of Jaipur.Ad filmmakers in the month of April this year had to abort shooting after a group of activists and locals protested against the use of signage and hoardings with names of Pakistani cities, some of them written in the Urdu language.The crew had the permission to shoot in the city. But activists of ‘Dharohar Bachao Samiti’ pulled down the banners and signage with Welcome to Lahore, Karachi Sweets, Rawalpindi Chaiwala and other street fixtures fashioned to depict a Pakistani city in Jaipur, claiming the said unit didn’t spare temples inside Walled City to recreate Lahore.One cannot forget, when earlier this year, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly roughed up and the set of his under-production film Padmavati was vandalised, when the shooting was in progress at the Jaigarh Fort in January this year.While no one can forget when in 2009, Over a dozen people were injured when a 15-feet-long retaining wall in the Amber fort collapsed when people had come to watch the shooting of Veer, a Salman Khan-starrer period love story and days later shooting was stopped on orders of the court.Controversial pastIt’s not for the first time that shooting of the movie has created controversy in the city. One cannot forget, when earlier this year, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly roughed up and the set of his under-production film Padmavati was vandalised, when the shooting was in progress at the Jaigarh Fort in January this year.In 2009, Over a dozen people were injured when a 15-feet-long retaining wall in the Amber fort collapsed when people had come to watch the shooting of Veer, and days later shooting was stopped on orders of the court.

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Padmavati: BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu, who offered Rs 10 crore for Deepika, Bhansali’s heads quits party post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu, who threatened Deepika Padukone for her role in Padmavati and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, on Wednesday resigned from the party’s state Chief Media Coordinator post.The Haryana BJP leader had been up and arms against the release of bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ and had hit the headlines for offering Rs 10 crore for anyone who beheads Deepika and Bhansali.Earlier, his violent statements had drawn show cause notice from his own party BJP, asking him to explain his remarks. BJP National Secretary Anil Jain had also condemned his threats on the party’s behalf and said the national party is not in support of such threats. A case was also registered against the controversial Haryana BJP leader.However, Suraj Pal defended his threats saying he made the remarks in his ‘personal capacity’. He further said that he was willing to quit party if he was being asked but would not let anyone ‘insult’ his community. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus has been marred in a controversy, where a group has alleged that the film ‘distorts’ the history of Rajput queen Padmini. Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.Several states like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has banned the screening of ‘Padmavati’ starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. The film was slated for release on December 1. But on Sunday, it was confirmed that the Sanjay Leela 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.

Padmavati row | CBI should probe if Bhansali had anything to do with dead body at Nahagarh Fort: Karni Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Lokendra Kalvi of the Karni Sena demanded a CBI probe over the body found hanging at Nahagarh Fort. He claimed that CBI should probe whether Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s people were ‘involved’ in this case. She said: “I want CBI to probe the case of body of man found at Nahargarh Fort, CBI should probe whether Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s people are involved in this case.” The body of a 40-year-old man was found hanging from the boundary wall of the Nahargarh Fort near the Rajasthan capital today, with messages referring to the Bollywood epic drama ‘Padmavati’ scribbled on nearby stones, a police official said.DCP North Satyendra Singh said the body of Chetan Kumar Saini, a resident of Shastri Nagar here and a handicraft worker, was found hanging from the boundary wall of the fort.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaHe said messages were found scribbled on stones, but it was premature to connect the incident with ‘Padmavati’ protests.One of the messages read, “Padmavati ka virodh karne walo, hum kile par sirf putle nahi latkate… Hum mein hai dum (Padmavati protesters should know we don’t only hang effigies… we are strong)”.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: In a mark of solidarity, filmmakers to stop shooting for 15 minutes tomorrowMembers from various film associations have come forward to raise concern over the state of creative freedom in the country amid protests against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati”.
ALSO READ ‘Violent threats and rewards not acceptable in democracy,’ says Venkaiah Naidu amid Padmavati rowThe Indian Films and TV Directors’ Association (IFTDA), along with 19 other bodies of the film and television industry from across the country, stopped shootings for 15 minutes yesterday and participated in the protest, ‘Main Azaad Hoon?’, (Am I free?) at Film City here.Many Rajput groups have been up in arms against the film, alleging that it distorts history by featuring a romantic dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji’s characters, a claim repeatedly denied by Bhansali.The makers of “Padmavati” have already deferred its release from December 1, till further notice.Filmmaker and IFTDA convenor Ashoke Pandit said such protests were not just limited to “Padmavati” but were becoming a trend.”This attack is on the freedom of expression, the entire film and TV industry. We are fearful and shocked that we are not getting any kind of support from any quarter of the country, except from film lovers,” Pandit said.”Every three months a film is getting banned. The fear in which the industry is functioning, we are protesting against that. Don’t take us for granted.””Padmavati”, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles, has been facing the ire of various Rajput groups and political leaders.The BJP-ruled states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have already expressed reservations about the film.”… Let us work, let us write and make films the way we want, because if this trend starts, then Karni Sena and the like will start deciding how scripts will be written.”All the makers here are scared of this trend. It’s our right to make films. If you want to watch, go ahead. If not, get a stay order from the court,” he said when asked about Karni Sena – the Rajput group which is spearheading the protest.Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA), Western India Cinematographers’ Association, Screen Writers’ Association, The Film and Television Producers’ Guild of India Limited, Association of Voice Artistes, Cine Costume & Make-up Artiste and Hair Dressers’ Association, Cine Singer Association, Movie Stunt Artistes Association, among others participated in the protest.With inputs from PTI

‘Violent threats and rewards not acceptable in democracy,’ says Venkaiah Naidu amid Padmavati row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the Padmavati row, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday that giving violent threats and announcing rewards for physical harm was not acceptable in a democracy.”Not directly referring to the controversy, but films and art in general,” he warned against undermining the rule of law in the country.Naidu, at a literary festival here, said there is now a new problem over some films where people feel that they have hurt the sentiments of some religions or communities and that has led to protests.He said while protesting, some people go overboard and announce rewards.”Whether these fellows have that much money or not, I doubt. Everyone is announcing Rs one crore reward. Is it so easy to have Rs one crore?”This is not acceptable in a democracy. You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to the appropriate authorities…you cannot physically obstruct and can’t give violent threats. Let us not undermine the rule of law,” he said.Stressing that he was not talking about a particular film but in general, Naidu read out names of previously banned films like Haram Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi.His remarks, however, assume significance as they come amid protests by many groups against Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Padmavati, alleging that the movie distorts history.Historians are divided on whether Rani Padmavati even existed.Some leaders and groups have also reportedly announced a bounty for beheading Bhansali and the female lead Deepika Padukone.”You have no right to take laws into your own hands. At the same time, you don’t have the right to hurt the sentiments of others”, Naidu said.The vice president also warned against selective condemnation and said it was wrong to link it to religion.He said there was a difference between religion and culture. While religion was a way of worship, culture was a way of life, he said.

Padmavati row: Sanjay Leela Bhansali is welcome to premiere his film in Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when a countrywide controversy has been raging against the release of Padmavati, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee invited director of the film Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the entire crew to come over to Bengal for premiering the film and said the state would make special arrangements for its premiere and release.“If they are unable to release the film in any other state, we are ready to make special arrangements for it in our state. Bengal will be happy and proud to do it. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his Padmavati team are welcome here,” Mamata said at an event.The Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer period drama, which was supposed to be released on December 1 had been deferred following protests in many parts of the country.On November 20, Mamata had taken to her twitter handle to lend her support to the makers. ‘The Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves’ and ‘We condemn this super emergency. All in the film industry must come together and protest in one voice’, her tweets read.On November 22, Chief Minister of poll-bound Gujarat, Vijat Rupani had said that he would not let the film release there.Prior to him, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had condemned the film. While Singh said it would not be allowed to release in MP even if it got a censor board certificate as it contained ‘distorted facts’, Adityanath said it hurt Rajput sentiments and Raje protested against ‘objectionable sequences’ of the film.

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.

Nahargarh Fort Death: Is it connected to Padmavati? Some unanswered questions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A dead body was found hanging on the ramparts of Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort on Friday, with a threat note engraved on the rocks in protest of the movie ‘Padmavati’.The deceased has been identified as Chetan, a resident of Jaipur’s Shastri Nagar from the Aadhaar card found in his pocket. He was working at a jewellery shop.However, questions are being raised over the death. An investigation is on to find out whether it was suicide or murder.There were dozens of messages written in charcoal, however, no charcoal marks were found on the hands of the deceased. ALSO READ Padmavati Controversy: Delhi HC dismisses plea, says such petitions encourage agitatorsInterestingly, each message mentioned Padmavati. One message reads, ‘Chetan Tantrik mara gaya ‘. Another message mention that they (the ones who have hanged the body) do not hang effigies.The film has been in the eye of the storm following protests from conservative groups over alleged tampering with historical facts, a contention which filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has denied repeatedly.With the protest against Padmavati escalating every day, the matter now seems to have taken a communal angle.A few days ago, effigies of stars, including Salman Khan were hanged from Chittorgarh fort and the body of Chetan was hanged in the same way.In these messages, one thing is coincidence — the messages mention ‘Chetan Tantrik’ and the deceased has been identified as a man named Chetan. Chetan Raghav was the tantrik who was thrown out of the Chittor court and who first mentioned the beauty of Padmini (Padmavati) to Khilji.The police are exploring all angles, but it is an issue of serious concern as this is the first protest against those opposing Padmavati release. ALSO READ Revealed: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ will NOT hit the UK theatres on December 1!On Thursday, Karni Sena had threatened to burn theatres in the UK after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared Padmavati for the UK audience.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state. ALSO READ Pahlaj Nihalani reacts to ‘Padmavati’ row and CBFC: Delaying the decision is shying away from job

Padmavati row: After Madhya Pradesh, now Gujarat bans Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat on Wednesday banned the screening of controversial Bollywood film Padmavati.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the ban on the movie for “hurting the sentiments of Rajputs” in the state.”The Government of Gujarat will not allow #Padmavati – a movie hurting sentiments of Rajputs – to get released in the State. We can’t allow our history to be distorted. We believe in freedom of speech & expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated,” CM Rupani said on Twitter.The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus has been marred in a controversy, where a group has alleged that the film ‘distorts’ the history of Rajput queen Padmini.On Monday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also banned the controversial movie on ‘Rani Padmini’ in the state. Chouhan said the movie which has distorted facts about the Rajput queen will not make it to the theatres in Madhya Pradesh even though the film maybe given a green signal by the censor board.Before Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan distributors had also refused to show the movie.Other states like Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have also urged the filmmakers to make the necessary changes in the movie and remove the “objectionable” parts in the film that may hurt the sentiments of the Rajput community.Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.The film was slated for release on December 1. But on Sunday, it was confirmed that the Sanjay Leela 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.

Padmavati row: Watch film before opposing says union minister Birender Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Birender Singh said on Tuesday that those opposing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama “Padmavati” should see the film first and then demand cuts if anything is found objectionable.With stiff opposition and threats from various groups, who allege distortion of facts, producers of the Deepika Padukone starrer have deferred its release.”My opinion is very clear. Some of the historic facts may not be in consonance with our thinking…Those who are opposing, first they should see the movie. If they find something which hurts them, (they can ask the producers to) remove those (parts),” Singh said.He said the history of our country should be explored more in a realistic way.”And these movies are of course based on history. And I know certain directors, they take a lot of pain to study all angles of history. But popular sentiments should also be respected,” the steel minister said.Historical facts are important and they should be analysed in the “right perspective”, he said.”Any sane man should think of what is the best logic, whether what we are agitating (against) deserves that kind of approach or let (us) see first what is the movie (about),” he said.

Haryana BJP leader echoes fringe group’s call to behead Deepika and Bhansali, raises offer to Rs 10 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suraj Pal Amu, Haryana’s BJP Chief media coordinator launched an astonishing attack on the cast and crew Padmavati. He congratulated the Meerut youngsters for announcing a Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali and added that he would reward them RS 10 crore and take care of their family’s needs.Attacking Ranveer Singh, he said that if he didn’t take back his words, he’s break the actor’s legs. He also said he would ask BJP if needed and asked PM Modi to ‘exercise his powers to strike down the film’.The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday booked a Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community who announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika PadukoneDemanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Kshatriya Samaj has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading film Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone who played the character of Padmavati in the movie.“A case has been filed against Som under section 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC at the Nauchandi police station,” Meerut superintendent of police (city) Maan Singh Chauhan told Times of India. The proposed release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” has been deferred, the makers of the film said today. In a statement to PTI, a spokesperson of Viacom18 Motion Pictures said it had taken the decision “voluntarily”.”Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017,” it said.The spokesman said it had the highest regard for the law of the land and statutory bodies such as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As a “responsible and law-abiding corporate citizen”, it was committed to following the established procedure and convention, it said.”We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film,” the statement read.Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi had yesterday slammed the makers for allowing the film to be screened for various media channels before obtaining a certificate from the board.The CBFC had sent the film back to the producer as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.”…We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification,” the statement said.The studio said it would soon announce the new release date for the film.”We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Queen’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and many more,” it said.The makers reiterated that the film was a cinematic masterpiece capturing “Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory”.”The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe,” it said.”Padmavati” has been facing controversy since Bhansali started shooting the film earlier this year.The director was roughed up by members of the fringe group Rajput Karni Sena in Jaipur. Its elaborate sets were also vandalised during shooting schedules in Jaipur and Kolhapur.The first poster of the movie was released in October this year and triggered a storm with various Rajput groups and others claiming that the director had “distorted” historical facts.Bhansali and lead actor Deepika Padukone have received threats. Their security has been beefed up by the Mumbai police.Meanwhile, the film fraternity has come out in support of Bhansali and the team, with many leading artistes calling it an attack on creative freedom.With inputs from PTI

Padmavati row: UP police books Thakur Abhishek Som who offered Rs 5 crore for heads of Deepika, Bhansali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday booked a Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community who announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone Demanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Kshatriya Samaj has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading film Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone who played the character of Padmavati in the movie.“A case has been filed against Som under section 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC at the Nauchandi police station,” Meerut superintendent of police (city) Maan Singh Chauhan told Times of IndiaHe also said that efforts are being made to arrest the accused soon.Thakur Som, who is an active member of the Samajwadi Party, has warned the Bollywood actress to leave the country or face beheading. He had also threatened the Director Sanjay to withdraw release of the controversial film or be ready to face the consequences.“The role played by Deepika has hurt the sentiments of Rajput women. No Rajput woman dances in public. Director Sanjay has no knowledge of the history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” stated Som. Meanwhile, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has also threatened that it will intensify its protest against ‘Padmavati’ if the film was not banned.The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role of Rani Padmavati, with Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January.The Supreme Court had recently refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of Padmavati, saying the Censor Board was yet to certify the movie.Bhansali, through a video statement, has sought to clear the air surrounding the film, saying he was careful in depicting the “Rajput honour and dignity” in the film.

Bhansali has gone overboard with artistic licence: Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As protests against Padmavati movie are spreading across the nation, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur has also jumped into the fray.Calling that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has gone “completely overboard” with artistic licence, Shriji said: “In February I had very clearly made my thoughts known in an interview in Mumbai that the film had not attained this kind of notoriety.”However, he called the manhandling Bhansali unfortunate and said: “We cannot condone such acts because they are not right and I said it then also.” “As far as the movie was concerned, as long as the Bollywood producers don’t distort the history of our family it should be alright. I said that I had similar the experience of when the serial Maharana Pratap was filmed. The living conditions in Mewar that whether during Maharana Pratap or Rawal Ratan Simnghji’s times were not depicted faithfully,” said Shriji.He said that Bhansali claims that he has shown great respect to Rajput pride and sensibilities.“I cannot comment without seeing the picture. However, the opulence shown in the trailer shows that the filmmaker is oblivious to the actual conditions that prevailed. Mewar was never a rich state and due to frequent attacks had to maintain a huge army. All the state money went into upkeep of the army, and not into providing Maharanis with huge palaces or wealth,” Shriji said.On the issue of Jauhar shown in the film, Shrijji said: “My feeling is that an issue like Jauhar was far too sensitive to be displayed on a cine screen without total understanding of what a Jauhar is. It’s not a game, it’s not a joke. This movie is a very ‘nindaniya’ (condemnable ) reflection of ‘naari asmita’ (female pride) of Chittor,” he further said.‘Janta Curfew’ on December 1In protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film Padmavati, the Dharohar Bachao Samiti has announced “Janta Curfew” in Jaipur on December 1. The convener of the committee, Bharat Sharma, told that on December 1, the city of Jaipur will be completely closed. Only medical services will be kept out of the lock. Apart from this, Government-Private Offices, shops, school-college, bus and all other services will be closed. Many Hindu and Social organizations have supported the Band. It will be full successful off.

Padmavati row: Protesters block Chittorgarh Fort, lawyer files plea against ‘objectionable scenes’ in SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protesters today blocked the entry to the Chittorgarh Fort, which houses Padmini’s Palace, amid protests against Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ across Rajasthan and various parts of the country.However, SP of Chittorgarh Prashan Kumar Khamsera said the fort, a world heritage site in Rajasthan, is not officially closed.”We have been informed by the protesters that entry to the fort will be blocked for tourists. We have made ample security arrangements to deal with the situation,” he said.Member of Sarv Samaj Sangathan and president of Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, Ummed Singh said, “A dharna demanding a ban on ‘Padmavati’ is continuing for the last eight days at Padan Pole. The Chittorgarh Fort will be closed for tourists today.”The Sarv Samaj Sangathan and some other outfits have termed a song in the film, which shows actor Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmini dancing in a courtyard, “crossing dramatic license”.Meanwhile, a lawyer, Manohar Lal Sharma filed a fresh petition on Friday in the SC against the movie,seeking the removal of ‘objectional scenes’. The apex court has said it would consider the plea but refused to give a date.The Karni Sena had alleged distortion of historical facts in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film starring Padukone, Shahid Kapur and Ranveer Singh.Meanwhile, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) managing director Pradeep Kumar Borad has ruled out any change in operations of luxury train – Palace on Wheels – and said the train would be operating through the circuit and will be going to Chittorgarh.On whether the tourists would be taken to the Chittorgarh Fort, he said the local administration be able to comment on it better.In March, Chittorgarh Fort was vandalised by a group of men who broke mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace of the Rajput queen. Three mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace were damaged by four-five unidentified men.The controversy over the film had taken an ugly turn yesterday as a leader of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena cited Ramayana’s Surpanakha nose-chopping incident and warned Deepika Padukone against “inciting” sentiments.Following this the Mumbai Police tightened the security of Padukone. Police have beefed up security at Bhansali’s residence in Versova in Mumbai. Bhansali’s magnum opus sent back by CBFCSanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati on Friday was sent back to the filmmaker by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) citing technical reasons. Sources said, “The movie will be reviewed as per set norms once it is sent back to the CBFC after sorting out the issue.”The film has been facing protests from various group for allegedly tampering with historical facts.Earlier, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition filed against the release of ‘Padmavati’, saying the CBFC was yet to issue a certificate to the movie.The top court had added that the CBFC was an independent body and the court should not intervene in their jurisdiction.Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Friday lashed out at actress Deepika Padukone, who is playing the role of Rani Padmavati onscreen, saying she was not the president of India to roll out orders on the release of the movie ‘Padmavati’.Kalvi told ANI, “Who will tolerate the fact that Rani Padmavati is being shown as the lover of Allauddin Khilji? Deepika Padukone, in her statement, said that the film would be released at any cost. She is not the president of this nation. She is trying to provoke us. I, the founder of Rajput Karni Sena, am saying that this film will not be released.”

FRICTION & FICTION: Keeping Padmavati ‘alive’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticism and curiosity adumbrates arrival of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati. Plotted in backdrop of a martyred queen of Chittorgarh, Padmini, the movie has been caught in allegations of distorting historical facts.Several sections of society have out against the film, the most vehement protest came from erstwhile royal families. The protest voices were joined by tour guides who demonstrated at Amber palace courtyard in Jaipur against the movie on Saturday afternoon while BJP MLA and member of former Jaipur royal family, Diya Kumari launched a “signature campaign” urging the film producer to have the movie reviewed by a forum of historians before the release.Meanwhile, other erstwhile royals too have released statements. Gaj Singh of Jodhpur royal family even demanded change in name of characters. Objections also have floated over the possible glorification of “Khiji” as those who revere Padmani see him as a cruel invader, the Shahpura former royal family member Devayush Singh warned at a press conference.However, amid the protest noises, the film producers also gained some support as a female member of Bundi erstwhile rulers urged the protesting section to ‘let the movie release’ before jumping to any conclusion.Also, Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena president Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi today reached Chittorgarh to participate in a protest march against film Padmavati. He said that the central government should ban the film or be ready to face the consequences.FLICK FRACASl In this case, the issue is more to do with mass entertainment than accurate historical portrayal & the producers should admit as such and desist from using historical names and admit to historical fiction based upon a particular period of history—Gaj Singh, from erstwhile ruler of Jodhpur.l We will take the signature campaign against the movie to all divisions of state. The movie director should sit across the table and have the movie reviewed by a forum of historians before release.—MLA Diya Kumari while launching a signature campaign at Jaipur.l Maharani Padmavati remains a revered historical figure and her presentation should be based on facts. Glorification of invader Khilji will be a disrespect to the entire nation—Devayush Singh, member of former Shahpura royal family.Sanjay Leela Bhansali has assured us that there is nothing demeaning in the movie. Let it release, if there is something objectionable we will protest—Mayuri Singh of Bundi, former royal family.l Our business suffers when shooting takes place at historical monuments, but we are even more gravely hurt when these movies distort the facts. This creates a false presumption for the masses and even when we narrate them the true sequence of events they are unable to shrug off the perception created by movies.—Madan Singh Rajpura, president, Jaipur Tourist Guide AssociationBreaking Member of erstwhile royal family of Udaipur — Mewar, Vishvaraj Singh, on Saturday send an email to PM Modi requesting him to stop the release of the Bhasali flim. “… At no time have the film makers approached my family to verify the facts,” he wrote.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be tried for treason: CBFC’s Arjun Gupta writes to Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, CBFC member Arjun Gupta came out strongly against Sanjay Leela Bhansali saying he ought to be tried for ‘treason’. He said he had written to a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the matter.He was quoted saying by ANI: “I have written a letter to Home Minister that Sanjay Leela Bhansali be tried for treason & strict action be taken against him. If this is not done he will continue making such films.”Earlier, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria at a public function in Jhunjhunu on Thursday said, “In case there are any scenes that hurt the sentiments of the public, they will be removed only then will the film be released,” he said. “We will speak to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the issue. The dignity of Padmini will not be put at stake under any circumstances,” said Kataria. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Wednesday cleared the air over rumoured romantic scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in his magnum opus ‘Padmavati’, saying there was such sequence in the film.In a video, released by film co-producer Viacom 18, the director said ‘This movie embroiled into so many controversies because of some rumour. Rumour is this, in the movie a dream scene has been filmed between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. I have already rejected this claim and also given a written proof of this. Today again, I am reiterating through this video that in our movie there is no such scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, which would hurt the sentiments of anyone.’He further said that they made the period drama with complete honesty and it is a tribute to Rani Padmavati’s courage.‘I have been influenced with Rani Padmavati’s story from very beginning. This film is a tribute to her courage and sacrifice. We have made this film with responsibility and also considered the sentiments and dignity of Rajput community,’ he said in the video.Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, have issued innumerable threats as they believe Bhansali filmed a dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati.Padmavati is based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi language epic poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540.The film stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maha Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.The movie, slated to release on December 1, has run into controversy over its plot, with some right wing outfits calling it the wrong portrayal of the Rajput queen.The period drama has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.In January, activists of the Karni Sena had also protested and misbehaved with the crew of Padmavati and also thrashed Bhansali.

With deadlines past, RBI back to business

Since only five RBI offices were designated to carry out this exercise in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Nagpur, people had to wait for seven to eight hours in queues to exchange the scrapped notes <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Serpentine queues outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) were a common feature till a few months ago as people stood to exchange the demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. Now all that is past and life outside the apex bank has returned to normalcy.Fearing the queue, Leela Raghuvanshi, a resident of Secunderabad, decided to forego Rs 5,000. “I wanted to exchange the scrapped notes that were with me. But, I finally didn’t do it as I would have spent more money and time waiting in the queues. I took the loss,” she said.Since only five RBI offices were designated to carry out this exercise in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Nagpur, people had to wait for seven to eight hours in queues to exchange the scrapped notes. A cap of Rs 25,000 was fixed for exchange.A senior RBI official said, “Our regular staff was deputed to the exchange windows. We had to check their travel documents, their affidavits and other documents so it took time. Even when the deadline came to a close there were people whom we could not service.”Deadlines gone For Indians who were abroad, the government had given time until March 31, 2017. Non-resident Indians were given additional time till June 30 to submit the demonetised notes to RBI

Court slams cops for ‘lethargic’ probe in Sunanda Pushkar death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Monday summoned the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South district, while rapping the cops for their “lethargic attitude” towards investigating the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Dharmendra Singh directed the DCP to be present on the next date of hearing — September 12. The court was hearing a plea filed by the Leela Hotel authorities to de-seal suite number 345, where Pushkar was found dead on January 17, 2014.The court held that huge losses have been incurred by the hotel authorities in the guise of the investigation. “Due to the lethargic attitude of Delhi Police, the plaintiff (hotel) has already suffered a lot,” MM Dharmender Singh said.During the proceedings, the Delhi Police filed a status report, which stated that the forensic teams had visited the suite recently and collected evidence. They sought more time to complete the probe. “Till the reports clearly indicate ‘no further requirement’, the suite cannot be opened,” the police said.Following this, the court asked what evidence was to be collected three years after the incident.On July 21, Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma had ordered de-sealing of the suite within four weeks, saying that the hotel could not be put to unending hardship due to the laxity on part of the police.The court, however, had said that the probe agency would be at liberty to visit the suite before filing a compliance report regarding de-sealing. It had also noted that no offence was found on part of the hotel. The police were allowed to take out articles lying inside the suite with due care for the purpose of the probe.PASSING THE BUCKThe Delhi High Court on August 30 had rapped the Delhi Police for its delay and lackadaisical attitude in investigating the case.
Referring to the slow pace of the investigation, the bench observed, “It has been almost over three years but nothing concrete has come up as of today.”
Referring to the delay, the Additional Solicitor General then claimed that the delay was due to receiving the scientific reports from various agencies and not at the individual level of the police.

Janmastami celebrated with religious fervour across Mathura

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, was celebrated with religious fervour across Brijbhumi today amid tight security at temples and shrines in the area. Temples in Mathura, Vrindavan, Goverdhan, Nandgaon and Gokul were richly decorated for the occasion as pilgrims from across the country thronged the temple town to offer their obeisance. Police and para-military forces had been deployed at all important area. No untoward incident has been reported, District Magistrate Arvind Malappa Bangari said. Security personnel have been deployed in large numbers at the Dwarkadheesh Temple, the Krishna Balram Temple (ISCKON) and the Bankey Behari Temple, and the Sri Krishna Janamsthan, he said. The day began with the sound of ‘shahnai’ and drums at the temples based at Srikrishna Janmasthan today. Later, Gurusharnanand Maharaj performed the aarati of the principal deity at the Leela Manch. Janmastami at Gokul would be celebrated in the form of Nandotsava on Aug 16 Raja Thakur Temple’s head priest Bacchu Maharaj said the ‘palana’ (swing) for child Krishna was decorated with jewels, ‘jari’ (cloth woven from gold threads) and flowers. Preparation for the Nandotsava at the Nandgaon-based Nand Baba Temple are being done, the temple’s priest Sushil Goswami said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Fed up of system’, Buxar DM Mukesh Pandey commits suicide in Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police were thrown into a tizzy on Thursday when they were informed that an IAS officer from Bihar had gone missing in the city and that he planned to end his life. The personnel had been on their toes for nearly six hours when the Government Railway Police (GRP) in Ghaziabad informed them that Mukesh Pandey, the Buxar District Magistrate (DM), had been found.It was far from good news, however, as the DM could not be saved in time. His severely mutilated body was spotted on the railway tracks in the district.Around 6 pm, Pandey’s family members had called senior Bihar police officers, telling them that they had received a message from him, in which he stated that he was going to kill himself. In the message, Pandey also conveyed that he was fed up with the system and his life, and that he would be jumping to his death from a Janakpuri shopping mall.Without a moment’s delay, the Bihar officers contacted the Delhi Police, after which the west district authorities were alerted, and a police team was rushed to the identified shopping mall.”When he could not be found, the CCTV footage was checked, in which the DM could be seen exiting the mall and heading towards a Metro station. His mobile phone was recovered from the 10th floor of the mall, from where he had apparently planned to jump,” a senior police officer said.Meanwhile, Pandey’s sister-in-law registered a missing complaint at the Sarojini Nagar police station, in which she stated that he had checked in to Hotel Leela Palace after arriving in Delhi on Thursday morning.Additional DCP (south) Chinmoy Biswal said: “Based on the complaint, a missing person report was lodged and a search was undertaken to trace him. Finally, in the evening, it came to the fore that Pandey had committed suicide on a railway track in Ghaziabad. ADM Ghaziabad is conducting the inquest and post-mortem is being done by a medical board of three doctors.”The police said a suicide note was recovered from near the body, which mentioned that a detailed note was in his bag in room number 742 of the Hotel Leela Palace. The note also had contact details of Pandey’s relatives, who he wanted to be informed about his death.

Court orders Sunanda’s hotel room to be desealed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a setback for the Delhi police, a district court on Friday directed to de-seal the suite where Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead. The court stated that, “the hotel cannot be put to unending hardship and loss due to the lethargy on the part of the investigating team.”Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma’s order comes after the hotel had moved the court seeking the de-sealing of the suite which has been lying closed since January 17, 2014.”The room should be de-sealed within four weeks from today. The investigation agency shall be at liberty to visit the suite before filing the compliance report regarding the de-sealing of the suite,” the judge said in the order.The court found that the contention on the part of Hotel Leela for the de-sealing of the room for sanitary and cleanliness purposes appeared to be “reasonable.” It said that the room should be opened within four weeks from Friday.”The hotel cannot be put to unending hardship and loss due to the lethargy on the part of the investigation team. Further, no reasonable ground has been put forth by the (police) team for further lockage of the suite. In the name of investigation, it cannot be locked forever,” the judge said in its order.The court also directed the Delhi police to file a compliance report by August 19 in this regard thereby permitting them to take the articles lying inside the suite with due care for the purpose of investigation. It further observed that if the investigating authorities cannot complete the probe due to some exceptional circumstances, then they can approach the court by application for further extension of time with an advance notice to Hotel Leela.In the last hearing, the court had sought a status report from the police officials on the investigation.Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in the room on January 17, 2014 and even after three years, no chargesheet has been filed.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Hotel suite to be de-sealed within four weeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A court has directed Delhi Police to de-seal the suite of a Delhi hotel where former union minister Shashi Tharoor?s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead on January 17, 2014. Sunanda was found dead in room number 345 of the Leela Palace Hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, where the couple had shifted to, as their house was being renovated and painted. The court issued directions on the plea of the Leela Palace Hotel to de-seal the hotel suite. The court has directed Delhi Police to de-seal the suite within four weeks. It also noted that that the police status report says they have not been able to reach a definitive conclusion about the cause of Sunanda?s death and no police official has visited the hotel for more than one year. The hotel expressed apprehension that continuous lockage would create sanitary and cleanliness issues for the hotel, and maintained in the plea that it cannot be put to unending hardship due to laxity on part of the police. Replying to a court order, police last Friday said that despite two visits by Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) experts and five different reports from medical boards, they are yet to find out how Sunanda was murdered. According to initial reports, Sunanda was suspected to have committed suicide. Later reports stated that the cause of death was unnatural; the doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) gave a preliminary autopsy report that revealed injury marks on her body. They said that these injuries may or may not be the cause of death. The autopsy indicated that she died of drug overdose, most likely a combination of sedatives, other strong medicines and probably alcohol. On 1 July 2014, controversy over her death deepened when AIIMS doctor Sudhir Gupta claimed that he was pressured to give a false report in the case. On 10 October 2014, the medical team probing her death concluded that she died of poisoning. On 6 January 2015, Delhi Police reported that Sunanda was murdered and filed FIR in the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ram Leela resumes in Ayodhya after Yogi’s intervention

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a hiatus of 17 months, the popular ‘Ram Leela’ is back on stage as its comeback show “Prithvi Pukar Narad Moh” was staged at the Ayodhya Research Centre here today. The daily shows of the epic Ram Leela in Ayodhya was started by former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav on May 20, 2004. The shows were stopped abruptly during the regime of his son and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on November 24, 2015 after the state’s Culture department refused to grant aid for the same. After the intervention of present Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the department has ordered to restart the shows after sanctioning a handsome budget for the dramatic enactment of the life and time of Lord Rama. “Today we started the first show of Ram Leela, and now we hope that the shows will run continuously without any hurdles. We have received all official orders from the Culture department,” Ram Teerath, assistant manager of Ayodhya Research Centre, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bar-highway distance measurement begins in Gurgaon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurgaon administration has started the process of measuring the motorable distance of 500 metres for pubs, bars and hotels from the national and state highways here. The move comes in the wake of the apex court order banning sale and serving of liquor near the highways with effect from April 1. Deputy magistrate Hardeep Singh has constituted a team lead by deputy excise and taxation commissioner (east) Aruna Singh for the said purpose. Yesterday, the team has measured the distance for the 10 five star hotels and bars near the National Highway-8, said a senior excise official. It has measured establishments, including hotel the Leela Kampinski situated in Ambience Mall, Oberoi and Trident in Udyog Vihar, Westin at Iffco Chowk, Crown Plaza at Signature tower Chowk, pubs and bars at Cyber Hub and at Sector-29. “We have measured motorable distance from edge of the national highway to entry of the commercial establishments. The reports of measured areas will be submitted before the Hardeep Singh, who will recommend to state government for the final action,” the officer said. The team has used three wheelers for the task.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Liquor ban: States look to denotifying roads, moving court for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several states are looking at measures like denotifying highways while others are thinking of moving court to seek exemptions, amidst concerns of the hospitality sector and fears of revenue losses following an apex court order banning liquor sale along highways. Union Road, Transport and Highways ministry officials said today that they have received “several requests” from some states a to convert National Highways as district roads apparently to protect revenues. Among the states considering moving court is Goa, whose Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said his government is contemplating approaching the Supreme Court for proper clarification (on the order), and possibly (seek) some special consideration for the state. Kerala too is considering going to the Supreme Court to “seek time” regarding the implementation of its order banning the sale of liquor along highways. The Chhattisgarh government has meanwhile constituted an 11-member committee to study the excise policy of other states where liquor is banned or is being sold under supervision. Some road stretches were denotified in Rajasthan but officials said that it had nothing to do with the Court order. In Delhi, the Road, Transport and Highways ministry officials are in a fix as they have received peculiar requests to denotify national highways when the Centre plans to take the length of such roads to 2 lakh km from the existing about 1 lakh km. “The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has received several requests from states to denotify some of their national highways stretches so that they could convert them as district roads,” an official said. The official said that the Ministry has received a request in writing from the union territory of Daman to denotify some of its NH stretches as liquor contributes a major part to the state revenues. Others like Punjab, Telangana, Kerala, Goa and Haryana had also made such requests but that is still to come in writing, the official said. Meanwhile in Gurugram, the Haryana Excise and Taxation Department allowed 43 liquor shops to resume business after relocating beyond a ‘motorable distance’ of 500 metres from the highway, in the wake of the Supreme Court ban. Several pubs and bars located in Cyber Hub, Sector 29 and premier hotels like the Leela, Trident, Oberoi and Westin have not been able to sell liquor because of proximity to the NH-8. Many hoteliers whose pubs have been closed have alleged that measuring techniques employed by the Haryana Excise and Taxation department are not reliable. They have demanded the district and town planners measure the motorable distance of their properties from the highway. In Chandigarh, Harman Sidhu, who had led a campaign against liquor vends on highways and drunken driving, has said that he keeps getting threat calls which he takes in his stride. “I keep getting such calls, there is nothing new,” Sidhu said when he was asked to comment if he gets threat calls for launching a crusade against liquor vends on highways. (More) TEAM(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Krishna an eve teaser? Prashant Bhushan understands neither consent nor Hinduism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, former AAP leader and serial litigator, Prashant Bhushan caused some outrage amongst Hindus on the internet when he called Lord Krishna, one of the most beloved gods, an eve-teaser. Bhushan was criticising Adityanath’s anti-Romeo brigade which has been cracking down on men harassing women on the streets and also in some instances, couples, relatives and anyone male or female seen together.Bhushan wrote: “Romeo loved just one lady, while Krishna was a legendary eve teaser. Would Adityanath have the guts to call his vigilantes AntiKrishna squads?” He later tried to save face by saying this tweet was being ‘distorted’, and that by the logic of the anti-Romeo brigade even Lord Krishna would look like an ‘eve teaser’. A lazy Sunday morning tweet soon erupted into internet wildfire culminating into real-world FIRs and a tonne of abuse for Bhushan. Now while I personally think that critiquing all religions should be a fundamental right, the great Jawaharlal Nehru and his brethren did not agree, which is why we have ‘reasonable restrictions’ when it comes to Freedom of Expression and the British era Section 295 A (outraging religious feelings) in our Constitution. That means those who filed FIRs against Bhushan are perfectly within their legal rights to do so.Whether Bhushan was against the law of the land is for the courts to decide, and not vigilante groups, but speaking from a purely academic angle, his analogy is rather poor.Comparing these young men to Lord Krishna suggests that Mr Bhushan is unable to fathom the concept of consent. Eve-teasing has nothing to do with romance, despite what Bollywood might show in its films. For starters, the very term eve-teasing seeks to normalise a practice which makes our public spaces unsafe for women, and men of a certain generation do not seem to understand how uncomfortable it is for women to be catcalled or followed by unruly young men on the streets.On the other hand, Krishna’s relationship with the Gopis was considered beyond divine, so much so that their Bhakti was considered higher than enlightenment, a point reiterated in the Bhagavad Gita.The gopis of Vrindavan (it’s such a delightful coincidence that the term is so close to the modern-day term groupie, the devout of rock artistes), totaled 108 in number and their love for Krishna and Radha, the divine couple was supreme. Given their love for Krishna, it’s unlikely that he didn’t have their consent.The dance of Gopis and Lord Krisha is popularly known as the Raas Leela, which according to mythology took place on the river bank of Vrindavan. While the dance and exuberant bhakti was considered immoral in its ethos and against values, Swami Vivekananda had quite a different take.He argued that Raas Leela was a medium that Lord Krishna used to prove the connection between the souls and as his flute-playing abilities helped the gopis reach a state of trance. Thus, in this moment of complete surrender they could, to borrow a modern metaphor, be one with the Force. The complete surrender forms an important part of devotion, and it could be only achieved when you’ve cast off all bond and ties, all fear of loss and society, anything that binds one to the mundane physical world.Legend had it that the gopis were sadhus who had achieved great penance in their previous lives to be born into such an exalted position to take part in Raas Leela.In fact, what’s most exciting is another tidbit where Lord Shiva, enthralled by the tales of Raas Leela. had wanted to go to watch but had been told he couldn’t since only Krishna was the only male allowed to be there. The great destroyer, who’s considered the ultimate symbol of masculinity, dressed up in woman’s clothes to witness the dance.On the other hand, Bhushan’s crass analogy only reiterates that he neither understands the concept of consent, nor is he familiar with Hindu mythology. Of course, he is unlikely to cool his heels in the slammer like Kamlesh Tiwari, the former Hindu Mahasabha leader who is in jail for insulting the Prophet.However, Bhushan is also a politician and it hardly helps Swaraj India’s cause when he turns around and insults a god many hold dear.

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