Honorable - Prime Minster Shri Modi Ji
The BJP should condemn Giriraj Singh’s open support for Bhansali’s attackers
Union minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises, Giriraj Singh likes nothing more than to wade into controversies to display his patriotic and religious credentials. Mr. Singh has in the past come up with remarks on the need for Hidus to have more children in order to prevent the com munity from being overrun by Muslims – based on nothing more than his prejudices.
Mr. Singh is a law-maker who has no business advocating violence against anyone. If anything, he should have sought action against those who took the law into their own hands and assaulted Bhansali. The ruling BJP, which should have condemned Mr. Singh’s remarks and taken action against him, is silent. This is what encourages people like him to become repeat offenders.
Hoodlums bullying Bhansali is only the latest example of the state abetting intolerance
Are we fast reaching that point in the world’s largest democracy where freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitutions is subject to the level of intolerance of any pressure group willing to resort to violence to enforce its writ?.
Bhansali was shooting at the Jaigarh fort near Jaipur for his film on fabled Chittorgarh queen Padmavati. The Karni Sena hoodlums felt that he was portraying their queen Padmavati in an unfavorable light. There has been not a word of condemnation of this incident by chief minister Vasundhara Raje who is, no doubt, aware that the Rajputs are a powerful vote bank.
Akhilesh Khandelwal, a BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh, has gone further. He has issued something akin to a fatwa, where anybody who performs the pious duty of throwing a shoe at Bhansali will be given an award of Rs. 10,000/-.
When these new contestations take place, challenging the self-righteous hegemony of the powerful, will the state stand up for the law or align itself with the perpetrators? Will those who behave they can use violence to silence those they disagree with continue to go scot-free?
These are the glaring examples of state sponsored lawlessness activities?