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Modi government can destroy what they don’t like: ‘S Durga’ maker

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Panaji, Nov 29: “S Durga” Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, whose film was not screened at the 48th IFFI despite his best efforts, says the incident has proved how those in power can go to any extent to destroy something they don’t like.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, a day after the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here wrapped up, Sasidharan shared his sentiments.

“I am not unhappy even a bit. On the other hand, I am more than happy that my film has helped a lot of people who were asking ‘What is the problem if the Sangh come(s) to power?’ to understand what is the problem actually,” he said.

“It is simply proved that those in power now can go to any extent to destroy something which they don’t like.

“They can even misuse law or ignore judiciary for their purpose. They can give assurances to executives that nothing will happen to them, even if they do not obey courts. A very dangerous message indeed.”

“S Durga”, a Malayalam movie, was initially dropped from a jury-suggested shortlist of the Indian Panorama section of the IFFI along with another film “Nude”, triggering controversy.

Sasidharan moved the Kerala High Court, which directed IFFI to screen the film at the festival after a censored version was screened for the jury. But fresh title-related issues raised by the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) on the gala’s last day sealed the fate of the movie at the fest.

The filmmaker said there was a wave of dissent following the row.

“I have seen a lot of people who openly accept that they are supporters of this government in the past two three days so depressed and disappointed by the dirty game played by the Ministry against my film.

“I have heard multiple times they murmuring that ‘this must go’. What else a film need(s) to do, even without been (being) seen.”

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Alarming rise of crime against women in Assam: Congress

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

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Guwahati: The Assam Mahila Congress on Monday expressed concern over the “alarming increase” of crime against women during the last few years under the present BJP government.

The state has reported “the highest rate of crime against women for the last three years consecutively” and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics reveal that it is constantly increasing, Assam Mahila Congress president and MLA Nandita Das told reporters here.

Incidents of registered violence against women were 20,869 in 2016, which increased to 23,082 in 2017 and to 27,728 in 2018, while in 2019, it again reported the highest crime rate “at 177.8 per lakh population”, she said.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

The girl was sleeping with her aunt, who was killed, and the girl was dragged out of the house, raped and then killed by the miscreants, Sharma alleged.

“A house is considered to be the safest place but under this government, even the four walls are not safe for women in Assam,” she said.

Sharma said the fact that such cases are increasing proves that the state government and its agencies have failed to instil fear among the perpetrators.

She added that the Congress in its manifesto for the forthcoming polls will include several measures for the protection of women, including a woman police battalion force and women cell in all police stations.

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Has China constructed village in Arunachal? Chidambaram latches onto BJP MP’s ‘allegation’ to corner Modi govt

BJP MP Tapir Gao has claimed that China has built a 100-house village in the “disputed area” deep into the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram demanded answers from the government on BJP MP Tapir Gao’s “claim” that China has built a 100-house village in the “disputed area” deep into the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. He said if the allegation made out by the BJP MP is true, will the government again give a clean chit to China or blame previous governments for it.

Arunachal Pradesh is an Indian state, but China illegitimately considers it as a part of south Tibet which is under illegal occupation of the world’s most populous country.

There is a border dispute between the two neighbouring countries and there has been a troops build-up in eastern Ladakh after a bloody clash between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation of Army (PLA) of China in June last year. India lost 20 soldiers in the Galwan valley clash. China also lost many soldiers but did not disclose the number of casualties.

Chidambaram, who was the home minister in the UPA government, also alleged that the Chinese have altered the status quo in Arunachal Pradesh.

“Mr Tapir Gao MP, belonging to BJP, has alleged that deep into Arunachal Pradesh, in a ‘disputed area’ within Indian territory, the Chinese have built a 100-house village, a bazaar and a two-lane road in the last year. If this is true, it is clear that the Chinese have altered the status quo by converting a disputed area into a permanent settlement of Chinese nationals. What has the government to say about these startling facts?” he asked.

“Will the government give another clean chit to China? Or will the government give a convoluted explanation blaming previous governments?” the senior Congress leader asked in a series of tweets.

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Kerala MLA Vijayadas dies of Covid-related complications

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala also mourned Vijayadas’ death, and termed it a “shocking news”.

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 19 : Kongad MLA and CPM leader KV Vijayadas, 61, has died following multiple complications owing to Covid-19.

He was the Palakad district panchayat president and Chitoor area secretary of the party.

Vijayadas was born in 1959 to Velayudhan and Thatha. He made his way to the Assembly in 2016 by defeating Congress leader Pandalam Sudhakaran by a margin of 13,000 votes.

He is survived by his wife Premakumari and two sons — Jaydeep and Sandeep.

Expressing condolence over Vijayadas’ demise, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he was a grassroot leader who was always with the people.

“His death is a major loss to the people as well as the party,” Vijayan said.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala also mourned Vijayadas’ death, and termed it a “shocking news”.

“Vijayadas had always worked for the people of his constituency. Political differences apart, he was a good legislator and a promising political leader. Deep condolences to his wife and children,” Chennithala said.

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