CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 JANUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P10 SENSEX 36,050.44 -111.20 MODI CALLS FOR MARITIME COOPERATION MEHBOOBA MUFTI STRESSES DIALOGUE ‘OPEN TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS’ P3 NIFTY 11,069.65 -16.35 HOW MR BLATTER BATTENED ON FOOTBALL P3 ` vs $ 63.55 +14 PAISE GOLD 29,470.00 +255.00 P11 SILVER 39,950.00 +800.00 Disagree, but don’t mock a citizen’s dignity: President Padmaavat opens under tight security cover One million cinegoers defy violence threat; film not released in Gujarat, MP & Rajasthan PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, 25 JANUARY T WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 27 and 15 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.85% Min. 37% Max: 27.5°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:17 hrs MOON RISES 12.22 hrs Min: 17.0°C (+3) SUN SETS 17:21 hrs MOON SETS 00:39 hrs TEMPERATURE Full moon on 31 January THUMBNAILS Republic Day rehearsal in Kolkata on Thursday. SNS he show must go on. And it did today as Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much debated Padmaavatunspooled in single and multiplex screens across the country under the shadow of security personnel and simmering tensions. The film was not released in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. A bandh call by the Rajput Karni Sena against the release of Padmaavat today failed to make any major impact in Gujarat, but none of the theatres in the state screened the movie for security reasons. The Shree Rajput Karni Sena continued to fiercely oppose the controversial film, even as cinema hall owners and multiplexes in Rajasthan decided to not screen the movie in view of the law-andorder situation. As protests against the period drama intensified, Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said no theatre in the state is ready to screen the movie. A day after a school bus (REPORT ON TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS - PAGE 13) Security personnel guard a theatre hall after the release of the film Padmaavat in the Capital on Thursday. SNS in Gurgaon was attacked by stone-pelting protesters, spectators defied threats of violence to stream into theatres to watch the opening day shows of the period film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. Many of those who watched Padmaavat condemned the violence and said there is nothing objec- tionable in the film. The Rs 150-crore film was released in 4,000 screens across the country with one million watching it on the first day, maker of the film Viacom 18 said. Goa's DGP said heavy security has been deployed outside theatres for the screening of the film. The movie has been facing protests by the Karni Sena and other fringe groups Illaiyaraja, Dhoni among Padma awardees Padmaavat cleared in Pak without cuts NEW DELHI, 25 JANUARY AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, 25 JANUARY Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir: A day ahead of Republic Day, authorities on Thursday snapped the mobile internet services in Kashmir. The internet services on mobile phones and data cards were suspended Thursday evening as part of the security drill of Republic Day. This is the first time that these services were withdrawn a day earlier. Korean hockey players team up for Olympics: Female hockey players from the rival Koreas were paired up with each other on Thursday to form their first-ever Olympic squad during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games, as their countries press ahead with reconciliation steps following nuclear tensions. A dozen N Korean hockey players crossed the heavily fortified border into S Korea earlier on Thursday. GST collections reverse declining trend: Halting two months of decline, the GST collections gathered momentum in December, rising to Rs 86,703 crore. “Total revenue collections under GST for the month of December 2017 (received in December 2017/January up to 24 January 2018) has been Rs 86,703 crore till 24 January 2018,” the finance ministry said in a P8 tweet. over allegations that historical facts were distorted in it. “We are keeping a watch and have deployed heavy police force around theatres and multiplexes which are screening the film 'Padmaavat,” the DGP said. The Multiplex Association of India had said the film would not be screened in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa in view of the ten- Noted music composer Illaiyaraja, Hindutva thinker Parameswaran, ex-Team India captain M S Dhoni were among 85 people chosen for the prestigious Padma awards of 2018. Among the awardees, 16 are from the category of foreigners, non-resident Indians and three are posthumous. The 74-yearold Illaiyaraja, who has been conferred with Padma Bhushanin 2009, was selected for Padma Vibhushan. Besides him, noted Hindustani classical singer Ghulam Mustafa Khan, president of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari Parameswaran Parameswaran from Kerala were honoured with Padma Vibhushan. Dhoni, Pankaj Advani, ex Russian envoy to India late Alexander Kadakin, Hindustani classical musician Arvind Parikh got Padma PTI Bhushan. Pakistan censor board has cleared the controversial Indian film Padmaavat without any cuts for screening in the Muslim majority country. Islamabadbased Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) chairman Mobashir Hasan took to the social media to announce that the film has been passed by the board. “Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) has declared a feature film containing Indian cast and crew, Padmaavat, without any excision suitable for public exhibition in the cinemas with a 'U' certification,” he wrote on Twitter. With the clearance, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama is all set to be released in Pakistan, removing fears that the film could face cuts due to the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji, a Muslim ruler of the Delhi Sultanate. “CBFC isn't biased in arts, creativity and healthy entertainment,” Hasan added. According to the officials, the CBFC had also invited Professor Waqar Ali Shah, Chairman, Department of History, Quaid-eAzam University, Islamabad to check the historical references in the film. The movie is facing protests as it releases in India today. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film, which was originally titled “Padmavati”, got mired in controversy as soon as the filmmaker started shooting for the project and things took an ugly turn after the first trailer of the movie was released last year. The film was cleared by the censor board in India earlier this year and was given 'U/A' tag. BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 70.97 +0.44 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 JANUARY uous law and order situation. The film has been the focal point of protests by various Rajput groups, which allege that it distorts their history and defames their queen Padmavati. The tension was palpable with securitymen guarding cineplexes and single screen halls but the day passed without any major incident despite violence in some places, including in Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. As protests continued in some places, the Centre made it clear that maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of state governments. States, which have witnessed violence, should deploy the Rapid Action Force, a senior home ministry official said. In Varanasi, a man attempted to immolate himself but was stopped from doing so. Padmaavat opened in theatres in and around Kolkata, a spokesperson of the movie distributor said. Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said films that hurt religious sentiments should not be made. Commending India to play its historic international role, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said nationbuilding for the country must ultimately mean contributing to building a better world ~ a world that is composite, cohesive, and at peace with itself and at peace with nature. Addressing the nation on the eve of its 69th Republic Day, he said the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, of the World being One Family, might sound impractical in today’s times of tensions and terrorism but it inspired India for thousands of years, and could be felt in the “very texture of our Constitutional values.” He said “the principles of compassion, of assisting those in need, of building capacities of our neighbours, or even of those further away, underpin our society. These are the very principles that we bring to the international community.” The President said Independence and the adoption of the Constitution were a great legacy which the nation got from its leaders. But nationbuilding was a grand project, and it needed self-less efforts by all sections. Presenting a vision for the country, and how SC to hear contempt pleas against 4 states over film STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 JANUARY The Supreme Court will hear on 29 January two separate pleas seeking contempt action against the governments of four states ~ Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh ~ as well as a Rajput group Karni Sena for "violating" the top court's order allowing the countrywide release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period film Padmaavat from 25 January. A day after violence erupted in several states ~ including Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh ~ as various Rajput outfits like Karni Sena and other groups went on the rampage to protest the release of Padmaavat, two contempt pleas were reportedly filed in the apex court on Thursday. A contempt petition was filed in the top court by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla, seeking action against the governments of Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for their alleged failure in dealing with mobs protesting the release of Padmaavat. His plea has alleged that these state governments "continue to allow disruptive activities of the Karni Sena and in not effectively cracking down upon their actions of violent hooliganism across the states ... do not honour the judgment and order of this court." To reinforce its charges, the plea has cited the incidents of vandalism and arson of shops and malls in Ahmedabad and the stone-pelting at a school bus in Gurgaon. A similar plea was filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda seeking action against Karni Sena and its functionaries for "contempt of court" by resorting to violent protests against the movie in several states. "All fresh petitions will be taken up on Monday (29 January)," a Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, and also comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said. The apex court had restrained all states from issuing orders to ban Padmaavat. it could be achieved, he laid stress on what good citizenship means. He said “A civicminded nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, whether in our cities or our villages. Where we respect the next-door person’s space, privacy and rights. Where we do not inconvenience our neighbours – while celebrating a festival or while resorting to a protest or on any other occasion. Where one can disagree with another viewpoint ~ or even with a historical context - without mocking a fellow citizen’s dignity and personal space.” He said a disciplined and morally upright nation could be built by disciplined and morally upright institutions... “Our schooling system has to encourage our children to think and to tinker, not just to memorise and reproduce,” he said. Mother, son shot dead in Meerut village MEERUT, 25 JANUARY Panic and fear gripped a village in Meerut district after three men shot dead an elderly woman outside her home in broad daylight soon after killing her son a few hundred metres away from their residence, police said. The goons pumped at least eight bullets into Nichettar Kaur, 60, within 30 seconds yesterday, they said. The woman's killing has been recorded by a CCTV camera installed at her residence at Sorkha village in the district. According to the police, Balmendra, 28, was on his way to Meerut city in his car when three men on a motorcycle stopped him about 800 metres from his residence. They indiscriminately fired on him, killing him on the spot. The assaulters then reached his home, where Balmendra's mother, Nichettar Kaur, was sitting on a cot SNS and shot her. JLF begins amid protests & bike rally as CM gives it a miss NIVEDITA R JAIPUR, 25 JANUARY Amid protests and a bike rally in the city by the Karni Sena over the release of the film Padmaavat, the 11th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off on Thursday at the Diggi Palace here. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who was supposed to inaugurate the five-day literary event, gave it a miss. It was instead inaugurated by former Rajasthan governor Margaret Alva along with Britishborn American essayist and novelist Pico Iyer. In a keynote address titled “Charting AWorldWithout Borders”, Iyer spoke on the significance of literature in today’s world, and opined that it has enough power to make the world a better place to live. Speaking about its importance, he said, “Nowadays poets are being eclipsed by novelists and novelists by multimedia devices. Therefore, literature has become more indispensable than ever. In the time of travel bans, literature has become more important because it is not respectful of boundaries.” Festival producer and managing director of Teamwork Arts Sanjoy K Roy opined that dissent has a crucial role to play in any democracy. However, he maintained that, “it is safe only as long as it is expressed within the bounds of law”. “Literature is an infectious form of magic, and shared stories and narratives reinforce our human bonds and understanding, and we welcome one and all at the Festival to join in this magical celebration of the word,” said Namita Gokhale, author and Festival co-director. Festival co-director William Dalrymple said, “This year we have gathered talent from across the globe from Afghanistan to Patagonia and Tasmania to Turkey to present writers of genius as diverse as the great literary critic Homi k Bhabha, travel writer Redmond O’Hanlon, one of the most admired playwrights Tom Stoppard and many more. I am sure it will truly make a memorable experience for all of us.” He added, “What makes the JLF stand out is that it is completely free and open to all, and for five days we set up a miniuniversity.” This year the festival is working with 51 different corporate partners, educational institutions, government departments, trusts and foundations who support the event and celebrate the core values of democracy and equality it stands for. The five-day gala will host 500 plus speakers and over 178 musicians. ‘I don’t think JLF will face disruptions’ SNS JAIPUR, 25 JANUARY The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival has been surrounded by controversies with the Karni Sena allegedly threatening to attack Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi for clearing the film Padmaavat, and journalist turned author Kota Neelima, for her article slamming the group. Festival producer and managing director of Teamworks Sanjoy Roy told The Statesman, “Every year we have had many such controversies and this is not something new to us. Nobody has ever disrupted the festival and this year too I don’t think there would be any disruption.” Roy said, “The Government of Rajasthan, everybody from chief minister CMYK downwards to the police personnel and the people of the city is invested in the festival. They know the importance of this festival. I don’t see how anybody would in any way want to create any disruption to the festival. Its importance is not just in terms of the economic contribution but also that they take immense pride in the festival happening in this city. I have complete and full belief in the people of Jaipur that they will never ever do anything to harm the event,” said Roy. He added, “Kota Neelima is absolutely going to be part of the programme and Prasoon Joshi is supposed to come but it’s his decision finally. He must decide what he wants to do. As far as the state government goes and all of us, we will provide every possible security to him.” Roy said, “The festival is getting bigger and better every year. This year three days before the festival we closed the registration because we had crossed the total number of people that we had last year in the whole festival. There is roughly 10 to 15 per cent increase every year.” Speaking about the challenges, the producer explained, “Also, it’s not a rock festival. Being a literature festival it becomes very important for us to have interesting sessions, those are some of our challenges that we have to encounter managing a festival of this level.” Reminiscing about his journey till now, Roy said, “Ten years ago, I remember I was standing outside the Durbar Hall and it was a cold and misty morning. It was 8.30 or 9 a.m. I was wondering how we would fill the space and will there be enough people? Or should I remove 100 chairs from inside the hall? But many people came not just from India but from across the globe too. Year on year the festival has grown. ’’
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