Cut Vishwaroopam


Most Urdu papers appear to back the idea of Muslim groups exerting their right to advocate "cuts" in movies in order to help "amity". Rashtriya Sahara, in an editorial on January 30, says; "Muslims are often portrayed as villains in films... and if, like other filmmakers in the past who previewed their movies for Muslim groups and then made cuts and ensured that the film worked, Kamal Haasan too had made the desired cuts, it would have been a better solution."

Inquilab, in an editorial on January 31, says; "it is clear from this incident that Muslims are generally tainted in films regarding crime and terror... the controversy obviously has a business angle and a political angle." The political angle, claims the newspaper, is that Haasan had praised Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and therefore incurred Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's wrath. But, it says, "handi musalmaanon ke hi sar pe phodi jaa rahi hai (only the Muslims are being scapegoated)".

The colour of terror

The daily Rahnuma-e-Deccan, in its editorial on January 23, writes: "We salute the courage of [home minister Sushilkumar] Shinde who, for the first time... has accepted that forces trying to make India a Hindu rashtra are involved in terrorist activities. His courage has to be saluted, as his statement comes at a time when, following a riot in Dhule in Maharashtra, conspiracies are being hatched to wrongly implicate young Muslims in terrorist cases." The daily Siasat,in its editorial on January 21, writes: "This is not merely a verbal allegation... against other political parties or organisations. Shinde has given this statement in his capacity as the country's home minister and it expresses the view of the Indian government... The Central government's duty does not end with the revelation that terrorism is being promoted in training camps run by the RSS and the BJP. It must now impose restrictions on the RSS and the BJP and act against the illegal training camps."

Jamaat-e-Islami's bi-weekly, Daawat (January 28) points out: "This is not the first statement about Hindutva terrorism. The former chief of Maharashtra's ATS, Hemant Karkare, had, following the second bomb blast at Malegaon, gone deep into this network and unmasked it. If he were alive, the entire network of Hindutva (terror) network would have been exposed."

Rahul's New Role

The weekly Nai Duniya, edited by former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui, in its report from Jaipur (January 28), writes: "Rahul Gandhi has been designated the vice president of the Congress, but the fact is that the reins of the party have been handed over to him. Thus, there has been a change of generation in the Congress leadership. The party will now take the field with a new image and slogan. The Congress... could not have made any other move at this point... Its confrontation is with Modi, who is rapidly moving towards Delhi and the present leadership of the Congress does not seem to have the power to stop him."

Inquilab, in its editorial on January 29, writes: "The common perception about Rahul Gandhi is that he has not demonstrated his capabilities on any front and has not succeeded in giving the party any advantage worth mentioning... He needs to come out openly and let people make an assessment of his personality. The other important task is to put an end to the 'culture of sycophancy', bring about credibility with regard to promises made and establish a direct and sympathetic rapport with the people." The daily Hamara Samaj (January 21) writes: "Since the Congress started ignoring minorities, it lost power... If Rahul Gandhi wants to attain stable power, he has to pay special attention to the problems of minorities in the country, especially Muslims."


In an editorial on January 24, Inquilab writes: "The BJP was caught in a catch-22 situation. If Nitin Gadkari had been made the party's president again, the party would not morally be able to utter a word against corruption. And if he was sacked, it would have meant accepting his alleged acts of corruption and eating its words, as the person for whom so much was done to retain as president for two consecutive terms was ultimately unfit for it."

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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