The Padmavati row seems as consistent as the Delhi smog now, with the situation only turning grim with each passing day.
Earlier, the Sri Rajput Karni Sena Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi had condemned the Padmavati actress for allegedly demeaning the portrayal of Rajputi women and had said that necessary actions would be taken.
Suit his actions to his words, Kalvi is mobilising lakhs of people for a nationwide shut down on December 1, the theatre release date of Padmavati. According to Kalvi’s twisted sense of honour, “Our ancestors wrote history with blood, hence, we will not let anyone blacken it.”
But this wasn’t enough for the Karni Sena member, Mahipal Singh Makrana, whose deeply hurt sentiments reminded him of the great mythological hero Lakshman and he decided to show Deepika (the human incarnation of demoness Shurpanakha) what happens to women when they dare to tread outside the boundaries of the great Indian culture.
Speaking to ANI, Makrana said, “Rajput Karni Sena is fighting to protect the image of women being portrayed in the films. We never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha for violating the rules and culture of India.”
Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha: Mahipal Singh Makrana of Rajput Karni Sena in a self-made video #Padmavati pic.twitter.com/82AWKGO7IU
— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2017
Deepika had responded to such misplaced patriotism of Indians, “It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed.”
But this again didn’t go down well with some cowards who trolled her with abusive tweets ranging from slapping the actress to a ‘much more’ catastrophic ending.
This douche bag openly threatened violence. Sad, really.
— Chokidar_Ramdev_singh_jojawat (@ramdevsinghjoja) November 16, 2017
This person thinks it’s all a joke.
चीखे सुनेगा तू तेरे अन्दर से तेरी मौत तक, जो न होगी नसीब तुझे ।
— Jitendrathore (@Jitendra2it) November 3, 2017
And enters another fanatic.
Soch samz ke movie release krna….kuch bhi galat dikhane ki himaat bhi na krna….nhi to anzam bhugatane ko teyar rhna beta…..#JAI_RAJPUTANA 🚩
— SWAROOP SINGH JHALA (@imSwaroopsingh3) November 13, 2017
Let us not forget that Padmavati is yet to be released. And even after Bhansali has confirmed that there is no private or intimate scenes between Khilji and Padmavati, the hatred and vandalism continues.
We can only surmise the reason to be mindless, illogical fanaticism based on a rumour or prejudiced conclusions drawn from a simple trailer or the song Ghoomar.
The only question of appeal is – how far is the violent and abusive behaviour on such a large scale against a woman, justified?
Indian culture is a broad and inclusive term with multiple dimensions and summations. If at all we were to turn to the Indian epic of Ramayana, for imparting justice to those who ‘violate’ our culture and traditions ( considering that was even a right reference) then we should also look at other mythological heroes, such as Lord Ram, who would have asked his people to treat others with non-violence, tolerance, peace and acceptance.
The violent responses of such people on Twitter and the Karni Sena members show how far we are from grasping the real essence of our culture.
There is so much we are yet to learn and there is so much that needs to change.