October 2, 2003
Makers, Intellectuals Meet to Protest Ban on Film Aakrosh
Veteran Gandhian thinker-leader Narayan Desai from Velchi Ashram Near Surat while speaking to the meeting on 2nd October 2003, at Press Club to protest the ban on short film Aakrosh on Gujarat riots upholded by Film Certification, Appellate, Tribunal of Government of India which has upholded the decision of Censor Board not to clear the Film for public viewing by denying Censor Certificate to it. He further said that what is shown in the Film is Truth, he had given shelter to young orphan children of victims of riot, they shiver at the sight of Kitchen Knife, they get up in the middle of the night and start screaming, shouting, he wonders unless justice is done, culprits are punished, wounds will not heal, but who will give justice, Central Government is still supporting Modi, Mahatma Gandhi has preached simplicity and on his birthday at Porbander, a feast of 62 varieties food festivities was organized to celebrate. A time will come when Modi, Togadia will give Trishul in the hands of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi is much malign today, his philosophy is twisted and his ideals forcefully forgotten.
“I am a sad man today” said am emotionally moved Narayan Desai. Vijay Tendulkar, noted dramatist, writer who made his public appearance after a long gap said that it was Congress who sowed the seeds of Communalism and Fascism and BJP is harvesting it. Vajpayee, Advani today speak different language much to misguide people. He said that history of Communalism and Communal violence must be understood in proper perspective and what happened in Gujarat is a result of divide and rule policy which was adopted by British Raj, the Congress followed it and the BJP has adopted it successfully. The recent bomb blast in Mumbai are going to benefit only BJP and there seems a deeper conspiracy in it.
He said that India has black history of Censor Board and no film which is going to project reality on Gujarat will ever get Censor Clearance, “Aakrosh” must be shown at each and every locality, bastis, villages without further waiting for Censor Clearance.
Nikhil Wagle, Editor of Mahanagar told the gathering that, “ threat if you speak the truth is not new , throughout his journalist career, he has constantly faced the threats, harassment which he boldly faced”. Recently some Police officials of Mumbai Police threatened him for writing, which discomforted them, but one must accept challenge boldly and battle for justice is a long battle which must be fought. He said that he will initiate steps to show Aakrosh defying ban at various places in Mumbai, let the Government take any action.
Prakash of Ganga Mukti Andolan and associate of Jaiprakash Narayan,
who came from Patna told the gathering that he had come to Ahmedabad
to attend Sabarmati meeting organized by Mallika Sarabhai and Ramesh
Pimple in March last year, what he saw in Relief camps and after
hearing the stories he went into trauma for 2 months, the memories
of the violence still shiver him. People in Bihar still don’t
believe that such things could happen in our country. He said that
he will take and show “Aakrosh” in Bihar and other parts of the
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