Monday, October 5, 2009

I&B censored Nehru's relation with Edwina

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is censoring the script of a film by a British filmmaker, Joe Wright, who wants to focus in his film on the intimate relationship that India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, shared with Edwina Mountbatten.

The government has cut the script short and has asked the director to stick to an approved script. A govt. official will be present on the sets of the film to make sure the order is implemented.

This brings us to the question, if it is an insult to the legacy of Nehru that his private life is made public, then pity the party workers who think that his credit of building our nation is so fragile that it could crumble under weight of his personal choices.

Nehru's relationship was ensuing during the most tumultuous period in recent history of India. If anything it should only highlight his endurance to have built the nation under extreme emotional duress.

If India had been cut into pieces or had gone the Pakistan way, with a celibate sage at the helm, would the moral apologists be happy?

Every country be it Turkey or Pakistan has a legacy of haloing the personalities of their founding fathers. Information & Broadcasting Ministry is following the much traversed path of broadcasting information by withholding most part of it.


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