Coming back to the current post; for starters, let me make a confession. How absurd the logic in Mr. Varadarajan's post may be, I still give that to him for remaining consistently insane with every issue relating to Hindus or Hindu sentiments. By the way, I am not the custodian of all Hindus and neither do I claim so. But then, Mr. Varadarajan is not the custodian of so called all liberal Hindus (as per his words) either. Hence, I as much enjoy the liberty to present the views of the so called orthodox Hindus as Mr. Varadarajan enjoys presenting the views of the liberals. No complains of intimidation should arise henceforth.
I guess this much prologue is good enough to introduce you all ignorant readers to Mr. Varadarajan and his style of functioning. Without wasting any more time, let’s jump to the rebuttal part straight away.
Remember that scene from Jaaney Bhi Do Yaaron? You know the one: where Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani are being chased by the evil Tarneja and end up in the middle of a Mahabharata performance? What followed were surely some of the most hilarious moments of Hindi cinema, and the laughs were all at the expense of some of the most revered personalities from the Hindu epic.If such a film were to be made today, some self-styled 'sena' or 'parivar', acting in the name of all Hindus, would have accused the actors of denigrating Hinduism and demanded a ban.
The law is clear that such "hyper-sensitive" individuals cannot be the arbiters of what is permissible in a society like ours but it is time to take the debate over the Hindi film PK to the next level: What are we, as individuals, and as a society, prepared to do to uphold our right to go to the cinema with our friends and families to see the movie of our choice?
The Aamir Khan-starring movie has been cleared for public exhibition by the Central Board for Film Certification and has been very popular with audiences, grossing over Rs. 200 crore in its first week. But a section of the Sangh Parivar - that group of moral policemen who want to control what Indians watch, wear, sing, read, and eat, as well as whom they can love and where they can live - wants the film banned and has resorted to violence in several cities across BJP-ruled states like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that maintaining law and order during the screening of a film is the responsibility of the government and the threat of violence by politically-motivated mobs must not be allowed to violate the rights of the public at large. When the demand was made that PK be banned, the Supreme Court refused to entertain the matter. 'Don't see the film' was the sage advice the bench gave the petitioners.