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The censor board – Amartya Sen controversy; know what happened!

Censor board wants the words 'cow' and 'Gujarat' omitted from the documentary film on Amartya Sen


In a yet another bizarre and comical decision Central Board of Film Certification(CBFC) has asked the filmmaker Suman Ghosh to beep out the words 'cow' and 'Gujarat' from his latest documentary film on the renowned Economist Amartya Sen. 

The film consists a series of interviews and the lectures by Amartya Sen. In the film, which is shot in two parts in 2012 and 2017, Sen goes on to use the word 'Gujarat' in a lecture given at Cornell University. “Why democracy works so well is that the government is not free to have its own stupidities and in case of Gujarat its own criminalities, without the Opposition being howled down and booted out…”, The Telegraph quotes him as saying.

Similarly, the usage of the word 'cow' comes when Sen stresses upon the need for debate in the society, “…There was a kind of grandness of vision there, and an integrated picture which hangs together in trying to embrace each other, not through chastising people for having mistreated a cow or some other thing, but dealing with people in terms of argument.” The censor board directed Ghosh to omit the word ‘cow’ from this line. 

Taking a firm stand against this oppressive directive from CBFC, the filmmaker Suman Ghosh cancelled the scheduled screening of the documentary in Kolkata. 

In response to the CBFC’s notice, Sen told The Telegraph, “Now a lot of people would disagree with my view of India. Whenever I try to take this rather grand view of India, which is not the banal Hindutva view of India, whenever I make a statement, I know the next morning I will get 800 attacks on social media of four different kinds. I can see there is an organised attack. Now the main thing is not to be deterred by it.”

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