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Parzania, the late entrant in pseudo-riot politics

Parzania, the late entrant in pseudo-riot politics

Author: Vaidehi Nathan
Publication: Organiser
Date: February 18, 2007
URL: http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=171&page=2

The secularists fit the description of the 'corpse-eating ants.' They feed on the dead, conduct commerce over it and out of the profit wear crowns and build palaces, not to speak of careers. There have been many a TV journalists who have won awards for the coverage of the Gujarat riots, by repeatedly showing only the wailing Muslim.

The theatre owners in Gujarat have declined to screen the movie Parzania sending the shouting brigade of the so-called fighters for free expression into a tizzy of sloganeering. This is the latest in the series of 'truthful portrayal' of the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.

Ask the pseudo-secularists. Before the post-Godhra, there were no riots in India. No one died or no child went missing, untraced before that.

And films are the best instruments to peddle this theory. Film Parzania is the latest in the sequence. It is a film made in English, with actress Sarika and Naseeruddin Shah playing the parents. Why should a film made in India on an issue concerning India be made in English is not a difficult question to answer. Obviously, the filmmaker and the backers had one stone two birds in mind. International awards and the local brouhaha from the activist anti-Hindus. What's more, with Gujarat elections around the horizon, the shrill against Narendra Modi, the BJP and all shades of Hinduism has to be heightened to lend a helping hand to the sagging Congress.

Nothing else explains the film-maker Rahul Dholakia's rather late awakening of the conscience. Five years have passed since the riots. And then if he had been sincere about the human loss, he would not have singled out the Parsi parents for the sorrow in the riots. He could have traced the story of any of the karsevaks who were burnt alive in Godhra, in a train, trapped by a mob. That was also human tragedy, and most of the victims were young men returning home from a religious trip. How come Dholakia did not see their parents' tears?

The secularists fit the description of the 'corpse-eating ants.' They feed on the dead, conduct commerce over it and out of the profit wear crowns and build palaces, not to speak of careers. There have been many a TV journalists who have won awards for the coverage of the Gujarat riots, by repeatedly showing the wailing Muslim families only.

It is surprising that the Dholakias and their ilk did not see the plight of Hindus in Kashmir. There have been heart-rending stories of families whose daughters were forced into marriages with illiterate and uncouth terrorists. There have been stories of families orphaned by the guns of the terrorists. Jammu and Kashmir can offer script for a thousand Parzanias. But no, our "sensitive" filmmakers and journalists cannot see this. If there is one fake-encounter or mistaken killing in Kashmir, then there is meat in it. After all, Hindu blood comes cheaper than the non-Hindu blood.

The Gujarat cinema hall owners have refused to screen the film despite the police expressing its willingness to give protection. Now the Director of the film is 'daring' the state government to officially ban the film. If political logic were to be used, the screening of the film would help the BJP by pushing the already condemned Hindus into its fold. The issue of the Gujarat riots has been overused. The cow has been milched dry. It's high time the sensitive and sensible sections of the society let the wound heal and not re-scratch the scab.


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