URGENT: Rush your best wishes to P.R. Dasmunsi

The Vatican, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, has not sought a ban. Brazil, the world's largest Roman Catholic country, has not sought a ban. The United States has not sought a ban. Ireland neither.

But, tonight, the Democratic Sovereign Socialist Secular Republic of India is one step away from banning the movie version of Dan Brown's bestseller The Da Vinci Code, due for release this Friday.

Tomorrow, the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi will "watch a CD" of the film and say whether the government should respond positively or not to the petitions of 200 Roman Catholic groups.

Just what expertise in films or the church the president of the All India Football Federation has is unclear. At this fragile moment, he requires every help. Please rush your best wishes so that he may make the best judgment in the interests of film-goers and our diminishing freedom of expression.