इंडियन आवाज़     27 May 2018 06:56:29      انڈین آواز

Leftists, artists slam CBFC for muting words from film on work of Amartya Sen

“We are shocked and angered by the recent Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demand that certain words be excised from a film based on the work of the Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen. The movie is titled after Sen’s 2005 work, The Argumentative Indian, which was widely acknowledged for its deep and authentic explorations of India’s traditions of public debate.

The CBFC has reportedly demanded that certain words used by Sen and other scholars and public intellectuals interviewed in the film should be bleeped out if it is to be granted certification for public exhibition. These words include “cow”, “Hindutva view of India”, “Hindu India” and “Gujarat”.

The CBFC’s exertions under its current chair have long crossed the line from farce to tragedy. Occasional efforts to bring it to its senses, such as the stern judicial reprimand handed down in the Udta Punjab case, seem to have no more than transient effect. With its diktat on The Argumentative Indian, the CBFC shows yet again that its anxiety to protect the sensitivities of the political regime, overwhelm any manner of commitment to the Constitution and the law. At risk in this plunge into absurdity, are our most valuable traditions of free speech and debate”.

Irfan Habib

Ashok Mitra

Romila Thapar

Shyam Benegal

Amiya Kumar Bagchi

Saeed Mirza

Anand Patwardhan

Prabhat Patnaik

Mihir Bhattacharya

Ram Rahman

Parthiv Shah

Madangopal Singh

Vivan Sundaram

Nilima Sheikh

Sohail Hashmi

Geeta Kapur

Anil Chandra

Kumi Chandra


Rajni Arora

Jahar Kanungo

Rajinder Arora

D. N. Jha

Sashi Kumar

Shireen Moosvi


Arjun Dev

Anil Bhatti

M.M.P. Singh

Rekha Awasthi

Amir Rizvi


Lata Singh

Dinesh Abrol

Archana Prasad

Githa Hariharan

Kumkum Sangari

Rakhshanda Jalil

Kasim Sait

Virendra Saini

Mridula Mukherjee

Zoya Hasan


Aditya Mukherjee

Ashok Nath Basu

Indira Chandrasekhar

Vishwa Mohan Jha

Sukumar Muralidharan

Sadanand Menon


Ananya Vajpeyi

Malini Bhattacharya

Atlury Murali

Vikas Rawal

Javed Anand

Teesta Setalvad


Gopinath Ravindran

Sania Hashmi

Mohan Kumawat

Iqtidar Alam Khan

Ishrat Alam

Tani Bhargav

Rajeev Bhargav

Ramesh Rawat

Nadeem Rezavi

Shamim Akhtar

Indira Arjun Dev

Mohan Rao

Jayati Ghosh

Nancy Adajania

Veer Munshi

Abhilasha Kumari

Romi Khosla

Neeraj Malik

Javed Malick

Zafar Agha

Madhu Prasad

Kalpana Sahni

Amar Farooqui



Shakti Kak

Sarah Hashmi

Moggallan Bharti

Rahul Verma


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