FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 JANUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P4 SENSEX 36,050.44 -111.20 OPEN TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS IN 10-12 YRS: TRUMP INDIA-ASEAN SUMMIT CALLS FOR FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION ONLY DIALOGUE CAN END VIOLENCE, SAYS MEHBOOBA P12 P6 NIFTY 11,069.65 -16.35 ` vs $ 63.55 +14 PAISE GOLD 29,470.00 +255.00 One million cinegoers defy threat of violence; film not released in Gujarat and MP PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, 25 JANUARY Clear sky. Dense fog in the morning and mist during the day. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 20 and 6 degrees Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.100% Min. 69% Max: 18.4°C (-4) SUN RISES 07:12 hrs MOON RISES 13:01 hrs Min: 8.8°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:56 hrs MOON SETS 01:32 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Republic Day rehearsal at Red Road in Kolkata SNS on Thursday. T he show must go on. And it did on Thursday as Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much debated Padmaavat unspooled in single and multiplex screens across the country under the shadow of security personnel and simmering tensions. The film was not released in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. 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 not to 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 Korean hockey players team up for Olympics: Female hockey players from the rival Koreas were paired up with each other today to form their first-ever Olympic squad during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games, as their countries press ahead with rare 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 crores till 24 January 2018,” the finance ministry said in a P11 tweet. school bus in Gurgaon was attacked by stone-pelting protesters, audiences 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 of the last few weeks and said Padma awards for Illaiyaraja, Dhoni PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 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. Security personnel guard a theatre hall after the release of the film Padmaavat in SNS the Capital on Thursday. Noted music composer Illaiyaraja, Hindutava thinker Parameswaran Parameswaran, former Team IndiacaptainMSDhoniwere among 85 people chosen for the prestigious Padma awards of 2018. Among the awardees, 16 are from the category of foreigners, non-resident Indiansandthreeareposthumous. 74-year-old Illaiyaraja, who has been conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2009, was selected for Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna. Besides him, noted Hindustani classical singer Ghulam Mustafa Khan, president ofVivekananda Kendra KanyakumariParameswaran Parameswaran from Kerala were honoured with Padma Vibhushan. Dhoni, cueist Pankaj Advani, former Russian Ambassador to India late there is nothing objectionable 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 in a statement. The Multiplex Association of India had said the film would not be screened in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa in view of the tenuous 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 security personnel mounting vigil at cineplexes and single screen halls but the day passed without any major Pak clears Padmaavat m without cuts Alexander Kadakin, Hindustani classical musician Arvind Parikh,Tamil Nadubased archaeologist RamachandranNagaswamy and Goan artist Laxman Pai were among nine prominent personalities who were honoured with Padma Bhushan. Keeping its promise of honouring“unsung heroes”, the government honoured with Padma awards several personalities who served the poor, set up free schools and popularised tribal arts globally. Lakshmikutty, a tribal woman from Kerala, who prepares 500 herbal medicine from memory and help thousands of people especially in snake and insect bite cases,isamongtheawardees. Internationally-acclaimed GondartistBhajjuShyamhas also been awarded the PadmaShri.Shyamisfamous for depicting Europe through Gond paintings, a tribal style of painting of Madhya Pradesh. P16 SILVER 39,950.00 +800.00 Padmaavat opens under tight security cover WEATHER GANGULY MAKES FRESH REVELATIONS ON CHAPPELL SAGA 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, which is trained to handle mob protests, a senior home ministry official said. In Varanasi (UP), a man attempted to immolate himself but was stopped from doing so. The state - where a fringe group yesterday announced a bounty for Deepika Padukone's nose was on high alert. ADG(Law and Order) directed all district police chiefs to ensure that the force remains alert with anti-riot gear. Arterial roads were blocked, shops vandalised in Rajasthan. Padmaavat opened in theatres in and around Kolkata, a spokesperson of the movie distributor here said. Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said films that hurt religious sentiments should not be made. BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 70.97 +0.44 Disagree, but don’t mock a citizen’s dignity: President STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 JANUARY 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 nation-building was a grand project, and it needed self-less efforts by all sections. Presenting a vision for the country, and how it could be achieved, he laid stress on what good citizenship mean. He said “A civic-minded nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, whether in our cities or our villages. Where we respect the nextdoor 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. SC to hear contempt pleas against four states, Karni Sena over film AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, 25 JANUARY Pakistan censor board has cleared the controversial Indian film “Padmaavat” without any cuts for screening in the Muslim majority country. Islamabad-based 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. “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 tweeted. This cleared the decks for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period film in Pakistan, removing fears that it could face cuts due to the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji, a Muslim ruler of the Delhi Sultanate. 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 a 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 a 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 judgement 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 a lawyerVineet 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 DY Chandrachud said. Both the contempt pleas referred to various apex court orders clearing the decks for Padmaavat's release in theatres across India with the observation that maintaining law and order is the constitutional duty of the state governments. On 23 January, the Supreme Court had rejected the pleas filed by the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments seeking modification of its 18 January order which had given a green signal for the countrywide release of "Padmaavat" from 25 January. The apex court had then also dismissed a plea by Rajput groups seeking to stall the movie, with the CJIheaded Bench asserting that the states and protesters must "abide by our order". The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had on 28 December decided to clear the film with some modifications.The film features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles. 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 British-born American essayist and novelist Pico Iyer. In a keynote address titled “Charting A World Without 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, “Nowa- days 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 ofTeamwork 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 mini-university.” 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, every- body from chief minister 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. It’s importance 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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