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Vice-President warns against violence, bounties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent threats and rewards for physical harm are not acceptable in a democracy, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday as he warned forces against undermining the rule of law, in comments that come amid widespread protests against movie ‘Padmavati’.The Vice-President also said that the one should not hurt people’s sentiments and warned against selective condemnation, though he did not directly refer to the yet-to-be-released Bollywood period drama.Speaking at an event in Delhi, Naidu said there is a new problem of people feeling that some films have hurt their sentiments, and this has led to protests. Some people go overboard and announce rewards, he said.Groups claiming to represent the Rajput community have protested and issued bounties for murder and mutilation of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians, for “distortion of history.””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,” the Vice-President said.Protesters say the alleged depiction of romance between legendry Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying the allegation.”You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to appropriate authorities… Protesters should protest lawfully, peacefully,” he said.He added, “You cannot physically obstruct and cannot issue violent threats. You have no right to take laws into your own hands. Let’s not undermine the rule of law.”The December 1 release has been deferred indefinitely by the makers and the highly anticipated magnum opus has been banned in multiple states, mostly ruled by the BJP.Naidu stressed that he was not talking about a particular film. He, however, mentioned some movies such as Garam Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi, which previously faced protests.”At the same time, you don’t have the right to hurt the sentiments of others”, he, however, said, also warning against selective condemnation and said it was wrong to link controversies to religion.Historians are divided over whether Padmavati ever existed. The movie is based on an epic 16th-century poem, ‘Padmavat’, by Sufi Muslim author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.”India always believed in pluralistic traditions and ethos and never allowed narrow and bigoted views or practices to rear their ugly heads. While dissent is agreeable, disintegration is not acceptable,” Naidu said.”That is the bottom line and any attempt to undermine integrity and unity of India by forces inimical to growth of India must be nipped in the bud.”A trader’s body was found hanging in Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh Fort with “we don’t just hang effigies… Padmavati” scribbled on a nearby rock on Friday, potentially marking a grotesque turn in the protests.Trouble started in January this year when Rajasthan-based fringe group Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali on the sets in Jaipur. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. Days after the movie’s trailer released, Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in hundreds.

Body with ‘Padmavati ka virodh’ message found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing row and threats to actors over Bollywood movie Padmavati, a body was found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort with a message ‘Padmavati ka virodh’.’Padmavati’ has been facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused Bhansali of distorting history.A message ‘we don’t burn effigies, we hang people’ was found written near the body.However, Karni Sena which has demanded a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film denied their involvement in the incident.”This could be a suicide. This is not our way of protest. We condemn this,” Karni Sena President Mahipal Singh Makrana told CNN NEWS-18.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.“I myself wanted to go there to protest but the Indian government has confiscated my passport, so I will ask the Rajput community there to protest,” Sukhdev Singh, a leader of Karni Sena told a news channel.Meanwhile, a functionary at Viacom 18, however, said there was no plan to release the film globally without it being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As the film was supposed to release on December 1, there are over 50 countries where this process (of certification) is on, he said.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.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour.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.

‘Team Rajasthan’ working to eliminate inequality: Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today said that ‘Team Rajasthan’ was working day and night to eliminate the socio-economic inequality and discrimination in the society. In her Independence Day address at the SMS Stadium here, she said that “absolute freedom” is possible only when people progress, medical treatment is provided at no cost, there are employment opportunities and everyone gets justice. Taking inspiration from freedom fighters, “New Rajasthan” is moving towards becoming a prosperous society, which is free of corruption, racism, foeticide, illiteracy and poverty, the chief minister said. Raje called upon the youth to join politics with positive mindset, true loyalty and passion to make Rajasthan a leading state of the nation. She urged the people of the state to take active part in the development of the country and the state. “We are all united to work towards the reform of India and by 2022 free the country from the evils such as corruption, terrorism, communalism, poverty and casteism,” Raje said. She claimed that 1.08 lakh people had got jobs in the government sector and 11 lakh in the private sector through skill development. “Rajasthan today is fast becoming a digital state and the digi-fest will be organised in various cities of the state, Raje said, adding that the fest will start in Kota on August 17. “Team Rajasthan is working towards economic and social freedom and gradually these are coming true under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the chief minister said. On the occasion, she spoke on the Dravyavati River Rejuvenation Project, the tribal art museum and the street food corners being developed in Jaipur. The leopard safari in Jhalana and the lion safari in Nahargarh forest reserve will start soon, she said, adding that the ring road project in the state capital will also be completed in her tenure. Raje also inaugurated the Rajasthan Contact Helpline ‘181’ and said that the state government has given good governance and the helpline is a step forward for satisfactory resolution of problems of the people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Body of farmer found hanging from tree in Kota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 30-year-old farmer was found hanging from a mango tree in the forest of Sakrawada village under Nahargarh police station area of neighbouring Baran district on Wednesday. The deceased, identified as Sanjeev Meena, has been missing from his home since Monday evening.Mukesh Meena, SHO at Nahargarh police station said, following his disappearance a search was launched on Monday.Meena said the farmer most probably had committed suicide by hanging from a tree on Tuesday as the body is about one and half day old.The reason behind the extreme step by the farmer is yet to be ascertained as no suicide note was recovered from his possession, he said.The family members of the deceased claimed he ended his life as he was running under heavy debt. However, the police official has dismissed this theory. Meena said debt could not be the reason behind this step as the deceased owned about 12-15 bigas of agricultural land in the village which was producing a good yield.However, he hinted that the deceased might be suffering from depression for some time as he lost his mother and younger brother a few years ago. The body has been handed over to family members after post-mortem on Wednesday noon and a case under Section 174 of CrPC has been registered in this connection. Police investigation in the case is under way.SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION?The family members of the deceased claimed he ended his life as he was running under heavy debt. However, the police official has dismissed this theory as he owned about 12-15 bigas of agricultural land which was producing a good yield.The deceased might be suffering from depression for some time as he lost his mother and younger brother few years ago.

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