There has been considerable debate, discussion and even protests regarding the film Padmavati. I am in favour of banning the film. History has written eloquently about the character, and her patriotism, purity are indeed memorable. The culture and civilization of India celebrates these qualities. In this context, a distortion of history to earn fame and money is reprehensible. It can never be right to produce such a film merely to fulfil rrow self-interests. The impact of this will be far reaching. The number of people in India who can be accepted as role model is already decreasing. In such a situation, degrading the existing ones will result in loss of our cultural inheritance. The coming generation is already under many negative influences. Cinema is such a medium that can influence a large number of people who believe its rrative to be the gospel truth. I do not belong to any party or organisation, but I have to express my views as a concerned citizen of India. We ought to have the courage to face the facts of history. But we should never try to distort it.
The Indian cricket team usually referred to as Team India crashed to 73 runs defeat in the first Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. The squad led by Virat Kohli was domiting the three forms of the game in their own backyard. Prior to embarking on the rigorous and challenging tour of South Africa, skipper Kohli and coach cum mager Ravi Shastri were on cloud nine with the duo displaying immense over-confidence in the ability of the team to earn a historic series win in South Africa. But after the conclusion of the first Test which was completed within three days (barring the third day’s play which was washed out), Kohli and his favourite coach Shastri seem to have lost their paradise. Shastri who along with the current skipper conspired to sack champion bowler and former captain Anil Kumble as Team India’s coach earlier, will now definitely be under pressure to perform and shed the tag of ‘home track bullies’. Till then, all eyes will be on Kohli and Shastri.
Dr Ashim Chowdhury,