New Delhi: The Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti, a top body of Hindu seers and religious leaders, Friday moved the demand for a Sanatan Censor Board at a meeting in New Delhi to address the “anti-Hindu narrative” being shown in Bollywood movies.
The meeting also passed a resolution demanding that the word ‘minority’ be removed for the description of religious groups and that the Ministry of Minority Affairs be abolished. “There is no minority and majority in India,” Mahamandaleshwar Swami Yatindranand Giri said.
Raising objections over Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Adipurush’, Yatindranand demanded the formation of the Sanatan Censor Board at the meeting.
Discussions revolved around the “controversial role” of the Central Board of Film Certification and the need to establish a Sanatan Censor Board was felt, Saimiti general secretary Swami Jitendranand Saraswati told ThePrint.
Jitendranand seconded the proposal for constitution of the board.
“The censor board has been ineffective and it failed to take action against anti-India and anti-Hindu narrative that is showcased through Bollywood movies. Bollywood has made a habit of depicting Hindu gods and goddesses in a poor light and also the sant samaj of the county,” he told ThePrint.
“At the same time, they also contain propaganda against the defence forces of India. All of this has been allowed to go unchecked by the Censor Board. Considering that the Censor Board has failed to perform its duties, we passed a resolution to have a Sanatan Board.”
Jitendranand claimed that so far only social media has been acting as a bulwark against the “assault on Hindu religious sentiments.”
To a question on why such a board is needed, Yatindranand said Bollywood as well as Hindi television channels show the Hindu religion and the saints and seers in a negative way.
“The saints and other Hindu religious leaders are shown as criminals and corrupt people. We are not against entertainment, and this is not entertainment. This is part of a nefarious design to malign Hindu dharma,” he claimed.
Yatindranand also said that just like there is a Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in Sikhism, Hinduism too needs to be protected against this assault in the name of entertainment.
The meeting also included a discussion on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma with the saints agreeing that she did nothing wrong. “She didn’t say anything wrong. What she said is in the religious scriptures of Islam,” Yatindranand
On the question of the functioning of the board, Jitendranand said, “How this board will function still has to be worked out. But this will be a non-government board which will evaluate movies from a religious perspective. Bollywood has been making a hue and cry over the boycott calls and they blame the Hindu samaj for it but they are the ones who make anti-Hindu movies that perform well in other countries, including China.”
The meeting also saw the presentation of a list of ‘dharmadesh’ given to the government in 2018 and accomplished by the BJP governments.
The accomplishments include the Ram Janmabhoomi verdict and temple construction, abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, constituting Gau Samvardhan Council, construction of the Kashi corridor, works on Ujjain Mahakal, Maa Vindhyavasini corridor in Mirzapur, renovation of Kedarnath Dham, improving roads to Char Dham among others.
(Edited by Tony Rai)
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