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Film on dalit atrocities kicks up hot debate on Modi

DNA | Last Modified - Mar 02, 2012, 04:52 AM IST

The film was screened in a programme 'Insaf Ki Dagar Par' to mark decade of Guj carnage.
  • Film on dalit atrocities kicks up hot debate on Modi
    Film on dalit atrocities kicks up hot debate on Modi

    dalitAhmedabad: A discussion launched on Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the question and answer section after the screening of the film 'Jay Bhim Comrad,' saw vitriolic attack about the portion of the film which showed Modi's visit to Mumbai for election campaigns. The film is mainly focused on the cultural movement by dalit youths called 'Kabir Kala Manch' and deals about atrocities on dalits and their struggle to sustain cultural revolution in Maharashtra.

    However, the acrimonious attack on Modi soon ebbed to allow discussion on the dalit atrocities. The film, made by award winning documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, was screened at The Ravi Matthai Auditorium at IIMA on Thursday under the programme 'Insaf Ki Dagar Par' to mark the decade of Gujarat Carnage-2002.

    The film is focused on the songs, poems, ghazals written and performed on Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar in Maharashtra and his increasing acceptance among the dalits. The film is focused on three main aspects of dalit politics - the case of suicide of Vilas Ghogre, a dalit poet; delayed justice to the Kherlanji mob lynching case of Maharashtra; and the police pressure on a cultural group run by dalit youths, Kabir Kala Manch (KKM).

    Disturbed with illegal police firing on dalits at the Ramabai Colony in Mumbai, Ghogre committed suicide. The poet felt: 'The country is not worth fighting for anymore' as had been witnessed by his friend, singer Sambhaji Bhagat.

    "When I learnt that the members of KKM were under police scanner and are threatened to be declared as Naxalites, I decided to complete the film as soon as possible and screen it across the country," Patwardhan said while answered a question. "Raising a voice, does not mean Naxalism, the members of KKM are forced to remain underground," he lamented. KKM members, mainly educated dalits and professionals, were working to raise awareness among people on various social issues through their forceful street plays, songs and sahiris. "They are harassed by the police for doing nothing, the group members have not seen their houses since many months," Patwardhan said.

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