New Delhi: An RSS affiliate has denounced web shows for “derogatory” depiction of Army personnel and their families, and urged the government to bring in stringent laws to curb such content that criminalise “Hindu dharma and values”.
The organisation, Sanskar Bharti, has also taken strong exception to the “scenes of openly hateful violence, sexuality and nudity, and dialogues” in web series.
This comes days after Ekta Kapoor’s web series ‘Triple X’ sparked a row over a controversial episode that “degrade the dignity of the Army uniform and their families”.
An FIR has been registered against Kapoor and two others on “charges of obscenity, hurting religious feelings, and improper use of national emblems” in the second season of their show ‘Triple X’. The scene in question is that of a controversial sex scene.
The organisation’s all-India executive body, the Akhil Bharatiya Prabandh Karini (ABPK), passed a resolution on 7 June, stating under the “guise of freedom of expression” such programmes are being run.
“In the last few years, web series through the Internet has emerged as a major popular means of entertainment. After the closure of cinema halls etc., during the crisis of Covid 19, the demand for these web series has increased tremendously. These web series based mostly on criminal subjects are becoming especially popular among youth and women. In view of their growing trade and in the name of realistic artistry, these web series often feature scenes of openly hateful violence, sexuality and nudity, and dialogues abound,” it said.
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It further said the Indian Army has been portrayed in bad light in some of these series.
“…. Along with this, scenes tarnishing Hindu Dharma and criminalising Hindu values are shown in plenty in these web series. Bharatiya Army and their families, which has a strong place of honour and respect in the minds of our citizens, is also shamelessly and recklessly portrayed as derogatory,” it said.
“ABPK truly appreciates the web series that provide clean entertainment, and urges such producers and directors to produce series that also show the uniqueness of Bharatiya culture and society.”
The organisation said it “strongly condemns the chaotic freedom that is flourishing under the guise of freedom of expression” and “expects art, literature, culture and followers of Bharat and Bharatiyata to boycott such free, vulgar works and acts”.
Hurting ‘delicate fabric of Bharatiya society’
The organisation has asked the government to put in place a system to keep a check on such content.
“The ABPK also demands from the government that there should be an immediate system to enact stringent laws to curb such kinds of creations/productions, which hurt the delicate fabric of Bharatiya society and the nation as a whole,” according to the resolution.
The organisation further stated though they “support freedom of expression”, but only when “human sensibilities, traditional values and national identity are not hampered”.
It cited the example of natyashastra to point out that content should not be “disrespectful”.
“Bharat Muni’s Natyashastra, the oldest text of art in the world, which is also known as the Panchama Veda, states in its 114th Verse of the first chapter that the play song, in audio-visual form, as is preached by all sources, all expressions, all deeds and actions since the beginning of the time to shape, guide, educate and positively influence the society to be better,” the resolution said.
“The stories and plays are aimed to give relief to the tired, pained and those afflicted with fatigue grief. It is said in the 299th verse of the 22nd chapter of the Natyashastra that father, son, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law all sit together and watch the drama, so it should not display any disrespectful, embarrassing or shameful act,” it added.
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