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1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom India Bans Film Accused Of Glorifying Indira Gandhi’s Assassination

Discussion in 'Sikh History' started by Tejwant Singh, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. Tejwant Singh

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    India bans film accused of glorifying Indira Gandhi’s assassination

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    By Swati Sharma August 21 at 3:00 PM

    After protests and a massive uproar over a controversial Indian film slated for release Friday, the Indian government ruled Thursday to ban the movie.

    If just one minute of the promo is viewed, you may wonder why what seems to be a romantic movie filled with music and running around trees has sparked so much controversy. But the love story is secondary to the main plot, which is the assassination of Indira Gandhi, a former Indian prime minister.

    Gandhi was assassinated in 1984 by two of her bodyguards, who belonged to the Sikh minority religion. The reason behind the killing was allegedly Gandhi's decision to send troops into Sikhism's holiest site, the Golden Temple, to pursue militants holed up inside. The event reportedly led to hundreds of casualties.

    Gandhi's assassination was seen as an act of vengeance, and violence broke out across the country, resulting in the deaths of at least 3,000 Sikhs.

    The Washington Post's front page, the day after Gandhi's assassination.
    The film's focus is not on Gandhi, but on the lives of the men who assassinated her. The title of the Punjabi film, "Kaum de Heere," translates to "Our religion's diamonds," which many allege is a clear indicator that the film glorifies the men who killed Gandhi.

    The movie's producer told DNA India that the allegations are not true and that "it is a completely balanced film wherein no religion or sect has been belittled. Some people are unnecessarily trying to create a controversy without watching the movie."

    Both the Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the main political parties in India, have called on the government to stop the film from being released. Gandhi belonged to the Congress party, and her grandson recently ran in national elections in which his party suffered heavy losses.

    The Home Ministry and the Central board of Film Certification, which banned the movie, sited fears that the film could trigger religious violence. The movie's release had been stalled for months.

    India's censor board has been criticized for banning many films in the past, including "Black Friday," a film about the 1993 bombings in Mumbai.

    Swati G. Sharma is a digital editor for the World and National Security and previously worked for the Opinions section.

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  3. aristotle

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    First Sadda Haq, and now Kaum De Heere...state-sponsored censorship at its worst...
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  4. ActsOfGod

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    The author of this article needs to be a little less biased:

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