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Panipat to Padmaavat: Can Bollywood make historical drama without hurting sentiments?

Ashutosh Gowariker’s film ‘Panipat’ has provoked controversy for its “unseemly” portrayal of Maharaja Surajmal.
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‘Panipat’ producers agree to edit portions of film following protests by Jat groups

The Rajasthan government had sought response from the producers of 'Panipat' through its distributor following a representation from Jat leaders against the film on Monday.
Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon in posters of Panipat | Facebook

Forget battle over the film, Panipat is at the heart of 3 battles that shaped our history

Ashutosh Gowarikar’s period drama Panipat has offended Jats and Afghans for 'wrong portrayal' of Jat ruler Maharaja Surajmal and Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali.
A still from Panipat | YouTube

Panipat runs into trouble in Rajasthan as Jats upset over ‘poor portrayal of King Surajmal’

Rajathan's Jat community claims Maharaja Surajmal is shown as being greedy in the film Panipat, when, in fact, he helped the Marathas against the Afghans in the third battle of Panipat.
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Panipat power plant will miss emission norms deadline, but most in Delhi-NCR will too

The Central Pollution Control Board issued a show-cause notice to the power plant, warning that its Unit 7 could be shut down for failing to meet the year-end deadline.
Actor Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khalji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. | Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Not just Panipat, Kabul unhappy with ‘undesirable’ portrayal of Afghans in other films too

In a letter to the Indian government in April, Afghanistan had raised concerns over depictions of Afghans in films like Kabul Express, Padmaavat and Kesari.
Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon in posters of Panipat | Facebook

Panipat was a bloody military debacle for Marathas. Will patriotism-high India see the film?

Panipat, releasing 6 December, the day Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya, is about battle that Amit Shah said ‘paved way for foreigners to enter India’.
Actor Sanjay Dutt as Durrani empire ruler Ahmad Shah Abdali. | Photo: Ashutosh Gowariker/Twitter

Panipat film raises alarm in Afghanistan over Abdali portrayal, embassy writes to MEA

Afghan embassy seeks meeting with I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar over fears of misrepresentation of emperor Ahmad Shah Abdali in Ashutosh Gowarikar's film Panipat.

All 4 accused, including Swami Aseemanand, acquitted in Samjhauta Express blast case

An IED blast rocked the bi-weekly train near Panipat on 18 February 2007 and killed 68 people from India and Pakistan.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Coming soon: A swanky north Indian base for the RSS near Panipat

So far, RSS had to rent venues for its events in Delhi-NCR. Now, its state-of-the-art campus can even host the BJP meetings and seminars.  The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has finally zeroed in on a piece of land that will become the base of its activities in north India. It wanted a gurukul-like village hamlet setting, where it would build state-of-the-art facilities to conduct various events around the year, and has found a 21-acre site near Samalkha village in Panipat, Haryana, that suits it just fine. The buildings on the site will be single-storey structures, and according to RSS sources, will feature a mix of modern urban and traditional rural aesthetics. According to the sources, the new centre won’t just be for RSS events – even the Bharatiya Janata Party can use it to hold meetings and seminars. #RSS is set to get a state-of-the-art base near Delhi, its first outside of Nagpur, reports @pragyakaushika https://t.co/5WVFB1WIRF pic.twitter.com/Uc5PiGki3R — ThePrint...

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.


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No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.