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BJP earns bad publicity by international media over Padmavati stalemate

BJP once again succeeded to craft space in headlines in global media platform as international media including ‘The Washington Post’ and ‘The Independent’ flays the leading party’s stands on Padmavati issue.

All criticism garnered after the BJP media coordinator Surajpal Amu puts the bounty of $1.5 million for Deepika’s beheading.

The Washington Post’s coverage on the issue exceedingly criticized Modi Government saying “Often Hindu outrage is stoked by little more than rumours, including deadly riots and vigilante violence over false claims that Muslims were killing cows sacred to Hindu culture. But this time with the film, the reason for the outrage is even more puzzling.”

Further on, the media coordinator dares PM Modi to stop screening Padmavati.

After stirring much controversy, the release of the highly anticipated Bollywood blockbuster movie Padmavati has been delayed; a politician from India’s governing party offered a bounty of $1.5 million for the heads of the movie’s star and director.

Amid outcry that the film distorted Hindu legend, it has also sparked a string of flashpoints from right-wing groups that perceive more clout under PM Narendra Modi.

Surajpal Amu, a state-level media coordinator of the BJP told, “We will reward the ones beheading (Padukone and Bhansali) with Rs 10 crore, and also take care of their family’s needs.”

Amu further went on saying, “There’s no need to discuss making cuts to the film. We won’t allow it to play in theatres at all.”

An official from the BJP condemned Amu and said the party was considering taking legal action against him.

The death threats against the actress and the prominent filmmaker brought quick backlash. The home minister in the southern Karnataka state, Ramalinga Reddy, however, ordered protection for Padukone and her family.
Rajput Karni Sena, the group associated with the warrior Rajput caste claim the movie misrepresents history by depicting a love affair between the queen and a Muslim invader.

Mahipal Singh Makrana of the same group responded in a self-made video, saying, “Rajputs never raise a hand on women, but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Surpanakha.”

The group further showed distress because of the revelation of the queen’s midriff in a song sequence and has called for a nationwide strike.

The group has also vandalized cinemas, burned posters and threatened to break the legs of actor Ranveer Singh, who plays villainous Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji.

Recently, members of the governing party misleadingly said that the Taj Mahal was built on the site of an old Hindu temple and that it “did not represent Indian culture.”

The Hindu outrage much popular to get stoked by rumours, including deadly riots and vigilante violence over false claims, this time has a different ire reason. Ironically, the movie’s trailer shows no significant sign of an interreligious romance.

Modi, famously known for courting Hindu nationalists as part of his political base must stumble on a new smart technique. Although members of right-wing groups have been arrested for making threats in the past, all international media’s eyes are stick to the legal action against them.

So, Mr Modi all eyes are on you and your team’s performance. No election manifesto is going to work but surely a wise decision!

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