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.
Join the debate: SHOULD DA VINCI CODE BE BANNED?
Censorship may hold back creativity a little, can disturb creative minds. But what inventiveness and imagination, with a poor sense of social responsibility is capable of doing, the world has seen innumerable times and the most recent one is ‘Danish cartoon controversy.’
The Christian Council of Korea (CCK) said that the film was ‘an insult and defamation’ of the holiness of Jesus Christ and the Bible. Similarly, Mohammedans world-wide considered “Danish cartoons” as an insult of the Prophet and the whole tension started.
Why to trigger another controversy when the recent one is still simmering underneath? Freedom of expression is highly regarded unless it is not smarting other’s emotion be it social, personal or religious. Creativity adds colour and joy in life. The colour may be blood red but not of blood. “ Jiyo aur jeeney do bhai!”
Give people a choice. Let people decide whether they want to watch it or not. And when Italy, the US, the UK are not even considering banning the movie, why India?
It is blaspemous ! mean, how can Munshi-ji see before our own catholic high command sinia-ji ? Isn’t she the bible and verse of our government ?
Goan Inquisition Again!
Meanwhile, Goa government has passed a resolution to ban the movie, Da Vinci Code and has also asked the Centre to impose a nationwide ban.
Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane said on Tuesday that will write to the Censor Board “either to censor or stop the release” of the controversial film in the state.
As they say, there is nothing like Bad Publicity. The Vatican must be loving every bit of it. Read somewhere Opus Dei was receiving record number of memberships!!!
Why even fellow Hindustanis who never cared to read Ramayana, Mahabharatha. Forget Gita or Upanishads. And who never spent a single penny buying a textbook at the University (ella Osi..baDDi makkaLu!) were buying hard bound editions of The Da Vinci Code; reading it religiously, and displaying it prominently in the living room bookshelf or even right there on the coffee table!
For those kannaDigas who haven’t read, I highly recommend Shankar Mokashi Punekar’s Avadeshwari a novel woven off RgVeda. Something close to The Da Vinci Code you can find in kannaDa.
India is full of sick minds………… Sane people have no place here………..
Mr.Satish . Every country has something ‘SICK’ its only the perspective of individual . There will be other issues in other places..where will you run ??
I feel Das Munshi's "initiative" is aimed at pleasing his party's almighty.
This is what one Mr Mathai had to say about the whole issue and for every one’s info Mathai is the general secy of the all india christian council, he says “Indians are spiritual and they get hurt when their religious sentiments are targeted… but in the west there are many atheists so they don’t care about religious sentiments, hence Da Vinci shouldn’t be released coz since christians here are Indians and since Indians get hurt when they see all this their views should be respected!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can KP please make this the joke of the week????
Real reason is not that Catholics will be hurt by the movie.
It is just that Mr. Das Munsi and his family could not get their tickets on time for the premiere on friday. I got this news confirmed by my very closed source.
In Paris where the film is being shown it has evoked laughter in the cenema hall and not any rage. It appears in India, policy of liberalisation and liberal thoughts have inverse realtionship. Since the film is not banned in Christian countries peopled by thoroughbred Christians why is it that Indian Chirstians are against it? It is said it is always the converts to any religion who become fantical in their ideas. Could that be a reason in India?
Nash, your source did not give you the whole story.
There was a huge uproar among the rest of the parliamentarians when they heard that only PRD would be able to watch this as many of them too could not get tickets on time. So he has agreed to have several screenings and let the decision on this be pending till all of them have had a chance to view and decide for themselves.
Oh..sakappa nimma VishleshaNae.
Adhae ‘Muslim’ sentiments hurt maado cinema aagidre
namma rajkeeya nayakru (PRD ) nodo thapathraya thogothirlilla
munchene ‘BAN’ maadthidru …
2) Christian sentiments hurt agodhikke Cinema nodi ( sumne shastrakke ) kanditha ‘BAN’ maadthare….
3) HINDHU sentiments hurt aadhre…namma Rajkeya nayakru adhelli yirtharo …Obbaru addressge yiralla .
alli yello obbaru yibbro RSSnavru , Bajrang dal,VHP navru archkothirthare…aste ( see what happened to M.F.Hussain paintings)
Namma directors dharidhra laxmiyaru anthanu thegithare..Lord Vinayakanna aadkothare….Lord krishnana seerae kadha etc etc antha
varNanae kooda maadthare . Hindhu devru haagu avara sentiments Bitti siguthe ..heeyaLisokke .
Namma JournalistgaLenu kammi alla . They are also equally hypocrites .
Some body should tell Mr. Das Munshi that banning the film/book will also be an insult to the Hindus. The reference to the Star of David as a male-female symbol in the book brings in a trace of Hinduism (Shakti, female + Shiva, male = Creation).