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me in particular. Altogether, The practice of being asked to stand for the national anthem in cinema halls deserves special mention. We find nothing odd about taking domestic workers to restaurants so that they can wait around and manage our toddlers while we stuff ourselves. But try not standing up for the national anthem once a cinema hall has been darkened And witness the fury of your jingoistic chest-thumping countrymen Watching Court a rumination on our archaic legal system and cultural comfort with all kinds of appalling prejudice right after being made to stand for the national anthem only heightens the incongruity of our misplaced multiplex-patriotism Court gives us a subaltern view of Mumbai far removed from the sanitised Archie-comic version peddled by mainstream Hindi films It examines today’s India through the eyes of a Dalit singer-activist who composes and sings ditties that urge the oppressed to revolt and rise The film gives us a warts-and-all look at the Kafkaesque nightmare that ensues when the protagonist is accused of abetting the suicide of a sewer cleaner with his lyrics Multiple colonial laws are invoked The legal system in the film is concerned solely with the letter and processes of the law not its spirit Legal provisions — read out in detail by the prosecution — refer to the notion of sedition Sedition was also by the way the charge used to arrest a group of youngsters in Thiruvananthapuram last year for not standing up when the national anthem was being played in a movie theatre How exactly we citizens of nation states in the 21st century have been brainwashed into unquestioning unwavering devotion to our flags and anthems is one of the great wonders of our time Knowing as much as we do about the ruthless political calculations of nation states this expectation of mindless unexamined respect for the flag is strange Whether it is an indifference to immigrants left to drown in the Mediterranean a blind spot when it comes to the wrenching poverty on the streets in India or a casual acceptance of the idea that drones will kill civilians in foreign countries as part of the fortification of the homeland it should be hard for people in any country to justify blind unqualified always-on patriotism Shouldn’t we get to a stage in the development of our constructed national identities where we are able to say “I love my country but I don’t always agree with its actions” Yet not conforming to strict notions of patriotism remains the last of the great taboos As American author William Blum noted “If love is blind patriotism has lost all five senses” You can make all the racist classist sexist and communal statements you want and someone will quote Voltaire in defence of your right to say them But god forbid you even suggest anything less than complete devotion to your national flag Because you know that makes you a traitor In a calm understated manner Court exposes the casual brutality with which we destroy the lives of those who try and stand up to the many injustices in our society Carefully sketched out segues on the private lives of the characters highlight the indifference and prejudice that define everyday life in India The film indicts us not only for the outdated laws we use to grind into submission those who are already oppressed but also for our continued inability to respect the dignity of every individual Recent movies such as Shahid Haider and Court represent a welcome trend towards questioning blind patriotism By acknowledging and showcasing deeply flawed aspects of the always-evolving nation-building project they serve as reminders of the many Indians with valid reason to feel conflicted about standing up for the national anthem The writer is a consumer researcher and part of the founding team at Junoon Theatre For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: January 18 2017 6:22 pm “Sunil Grover and his performance is definitely one of the strongest driving forces in the film” says Coffee With D director Related News Coffee With D director Vishal Mishra says he is sad that popular comedian and actor Sunil Grover refused to promote the film Coffee with D is a film which revolves around a journalist’s attempt to fix an interview with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and how he manages it in the end The film scheduled to be the first release of the year was pushed back and will now hit the screens on Friday “Sunil and his performance is definitely one of the strongest driving forces in the film and it’s really disheartening to see that he has turned down from speaking about it at all” Vishal said in a statement Also read |What if you don’t watch Sunil Grover’s Coffee with D Comedian says ‘mata rani aapko paap degi’ He added: “We are encouraging the underworld to rule the film industry by being scared and let them curb our freedom of speech and expression” More from the world of Entertainment: Mishra and producer Vinod Rahani had earlier alleged that they were receiving threat calls since December 14 2016 from different numbers and locations on a daily basis They had also filed a complaint against callers who had been threatening them to make changes in the film if it shows the underworld don in bad light Talking about the changes Mishra said: “The release date has been pushed already The least one can expect is staying on their word in this situation as we know we haven’t portrayed anything that is ethically wrong” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Yubaraj Ghimire | Updated: August 15 2016 1:28 pm Oli’s party is the largest in parliament but with factional feud at its peak it agreed to back the Maoists as a coalition partner Top News Two major developments have taken place in Nepal side by side recently Pushpa Kamal Dahal — comrade Prachanda in his previous avatar as the leader of a decade-long insurgency — took over as the new prime minister with the backing of the largest party in parliament the Nepali Congress At the same time the supreme court was packed with judges — the parliamentary hearing committee approved 11 appointments — most of them are NGO activists and cadres of the two major parties Nepali Congress and KP Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist which has just quit the government The deep nexus between donor funded NGOs civil society movements and their affiliation with political parties and the judiciary is not ideal for the consolidation of democracy and the image of the judiciary Right after a prolonged political transition the country has launched yet another dangerous political experiment Interestingly the media has also assumed an activist role triggering debate on whether such a role will promote or undermine their professional ethics Last week one of the newly appointed judges confessed she had not yet given up her “membership” in the Convention Against Torture (CAT) a UN body and she was still considering whether to quit as “it was not an office of profit” Whether judges can put on other hats while they serve in the judiciary is not an issue anymore Over a period of time especially during the past 10 years international donors have not only set up their offices in various ministries of the government influencing legislation they have also funded the supreme court for its “modernisation and reforms” What the supreme court has not debated is whether such support has “any strings attached” International forces have often charted out the political course for Nepal sometimes at great cost For some time now they have taken more of an activist posture on issues like federalism secularism and republicanism but have rarely stood in favour of the people’s right to settle these contentious issues by referendum if necessary For instance the costly experiment to have a sitting chief justice head an ostensibly elected government in collaboration with four major political parties that lasted for 14 months from March 2013 onwards was something suggested and promptly encouraged and recognised by the international community Now the politician-activist-donors nexus has come to dominate the appointment of judges Nepal’s constitution was largely the outcome of an exercise by the top leaders of half a dozen parties who did not even allow the constituent assembly to debate issues fully The members were informally “whipped” and for the leaders the promulgation of the statute on the deadline that had been deferred about half a dozen times since the first one expired in May 2010 became prestige issue In fact the donor-funded civil society groups the media and NGOs supported an inadequate constitution that can not be executed or implemented For instance it declares Nepal a federal country but has not demarcated or named any of the units in the federal structure KP Oli’s government that came to power in October had promised they will implement the constitution on a priority basis but everyone knows the constitution in the current form cannot be implemented At the same time donor-funded civil society groups are still seen more as a vested interest with an overriding impact on politics This nexus in such a brazen and mega scale began firming up in early 2006 when they were partners in the movement for restoration of democracy which meant getting the then king Gyanendra to hand power back to political leaders They succeeded and the collaboration and partnership have only deepened further Almost all the major political parties in principle insist that the independence of judiciary is “not negotiable” The Nepali Congress the largest party in parliament even went so far as to say “nominees for judges’ post should not have any political affiliation” But the party did not raise the issue when the all-party parliamentary committee confirmed the list of nominees from major parties The Maoist party which had no representation in the list of 11 judges earlier will have its nominee accommodated in the apex court when the next vacancy arises in a few months A weak state with its authority eroded and a judiciary with its impartiality fairness and neutrality under a cloud of suspicion is perhaps the biggest source of despair for the average Nepali [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 17 2017 7:30 pm Veda Krishnamurthy said she worked on her fitness during the off-season (Source: File) Top News Veda Krishnamurthy is close to securing a contract for the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League putting the batswoman in line to become the third Indian in the Australian T20 league Another player in talks with the franchisees is young all-rounder Dipti Sharma who played a key role in taking India to the World Cup final in England in July “I am in talks with a few franchises Until then I won’t like to say much” Krishnamurthy told PTI when asked about the possibility of playing the Big Bash “Both Krishnamurthy and Dipti Sharma should play the Big Bash this season They are close to securing contracts” said a BCCI official who did not wish to be named The big-hitting Harmanpreet Kaur and left-hand opener Smriti Mandhana were the first two Indian cricketers to be part of Women’s Big Bash The Indian players has not had any action since losing to England in the World Cup final Krishnamurthy said she worked on her fitness during the off-season and is now looking forward to joining the India camp in Bengaluru from November 8 “We hardly got time in the first two months after coming back from England Life has changed and people recognise us now “I was focussing on my fitness all this while Just can’t wait for the season to begin” she added India’s next international assignment is only in February and before that the players will take part in domestic events For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 29 2016 5:02 am Yadav was sent to 10-day police custody Top News The gambling racket case against D P Yadav was registered last year at Bhajanpura police station in northeast Delhi He was in jail in Uttarakhand when Delhi Police made his arrest Tuesday and produced him before court the next day Yadav was sent to 10-day police custody Sources said police had busted a gambling syndicate allegedly run by Yadav and his associates in August last year “Yadav was booked on MCOCA charges after his associates Roshan Lal Verma a rickshaw puller and Amarnath Bajaj who had a tea stall disclosed his name during the probe They told police the entire gambling syndicate in Delhi NCR Punjab Haryana Chandigarh and UP was operated by Yadav from jail and they paid Rs 2 lakh to him daily from their centres in Delhi” said a source Venu Bansal who was DCP (northeast) when the racket was busted said “The syndicate allegedly worked with a software and people had to place bets on random numbers A winner was promised 90 times the value of the bet” For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Mihir Vasavda Vinay Siwach | Balali | Updated: November 21 2016 7:56 am Aamir Khan was in attendance at the Balali Village in Haryana (Express Photo) Top News ‘Teen ghante ke liye dikhenge do-do Mahabir’ The headline on the front page of the Sunday edition of a local daily captured the anticipation of a village On Sunday Geeta Phogat — India’s first woman wrestler to compete at the Olympics — got married to fellow wrestler Pawan Kumar But for Balali it wasn’t just another wedding Balali is a dusty and nondescript village on the highway to Bhiwani It is easily missable You stop over at a petrol pump for directions A middle-aged attendent wakes up from his afternoon siesta The irritated look on his face makes it evident that he has been asked this several times already A convoy of cars has been making its way in and out of Balali for the last three days But there has been nothing like today Forty-year-old Shyam Sundar Sangwan has been counting the number of vehicles that have passed his tiny grocery shop that his located opposite the Phogat residence “Fifteen And those were just with Aamir” he says Geeta’s wedding has been the talking point of the village for several weeks But on the wedding day the anticipation is more to see Aamir Khan who is playing the role of Geeta’s father Mahavir in a movie on the family’s wrestling exploits “He is the biggest person to visit our small village” Sangwan says The women he adds were standing on the rooftops of their houses since 11am to catch a glimpse of the actor Kids climbed trees and walls The wedding in itself was the biggest ever event the village had ever seen Aamir’s visit only added to the frenzy The actor arrived at around 4 pm after taking a commercial flight and then a chartered one followed by a long road journey “He spent around half an hour with the family before leaving It was the first time he visited the village although he had met Mahavir and the rest plenty of times before” a family member says Mahavir has shed a few kilos to look like Aamir The reel life Mahavir on the other hand put on a few to resemble the real one The local media has reported the tiniest of details for the last few days most of it on the front pages It even tells us about Geeta’s grandmom dancing to a Rajasthani folk song during the sangeet ceremony on Friday and Geeta’s honeymoon destination Despite the wedding training wasn’t compromised At 4am on Saturday Mahavir and his daughters — including Geeta — continued their routine practice to ensure fitness for the Pro Wrestling League It is this discipline that has resulted in the Phogats being tagged as the first family of Indian wrestling women at least “They have led the way… so many girls from Balali and neighbouring villages have picked up the sport because of Mahavir” Sangwan who has been living in Balali since birth says He points to the farms where the Phogats used to run and train as children “They have shown it in the movie promo where Aamir is shown to be strict and the girls reluctant It is true Mahavir is very strict” Sangwan says At the wedding — which was attended by Olympic medallists Sushil Kumar and Sakshi Malik as well as Wrestling Federation of India president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh among others — large LCD screens showed that song on loop The village elders — in their trademark white kurta-pyjama and sports shoes — gather around the screen “Yeh toh apna Mahavir jaisa he hai” they say pointing at Aamir “Do do Mahavir” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Sangli | Published: October 13 2015 4:11 pm Vikram Gokhale who is a noted Marathi theatre actor and has acted in several Hindi films will be honoured with the award at a function to be held in Sangli on November 5 2015 on eve of ‘Marathi Rangbhumi Din’ Related News Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale will be felicitated with the prestigious Vishnudas Bhave Award at a ceremony here next month Gokhale 67 who is a noted Marathi theatre actor and has acted in several Hindi films will be honoured with the award at a function to be held here on November 5 2015 on eve of ‘Marathi Rangbhumi Din’ Dr Sharad Karale president of Akhil Maharashtra Natya Vidya Mandir Samiti Sangli made the announcement today Prominent actress-singer Faiyaz Shaikh will present the award Share This Article Related Article Gokhale will be honoured for his outstanding contribution to Marathi theatre The annual award was instituted by Sangli-based Akhil Maharashtra Natya Vidya Mandir in memory of pioneer Marathi dramatist Vishnudas Bhave Earlier Bal Gandharv PL Deshpande Acharya Atre Dr Jabbar Patel have been recipient of the award Gokhale has acted in noted Marathi films like “Lapandav” “Kalat Nakalat” “Vazir” “Bala Gau Kashi Angar” and recently “Anumati” His prominent Hindi films include Yash Johar’s “Agneepath” “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” “Bhool Bhulaiya” “Khuda Gawah” among others For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mohali | Published: December 30 2016 5:03 am Top News Citing security reasons the Mohali district administration has imposed a ban on kite flying and sky lanterns within a 2km radius outside the boundary of the international airport The ban will be in effect till February 22 Mohali deputy commissioner Daljeet Singh Mangat said the ban was imposed under Sections 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) He said heavy fine would be imposed if anybody is caught flying kites around the airport Watch what else is making news: Mangat added that the ban was imposed after the civil aviation department sent a letter stating that kites and sky lanterns could pose a danger to planes and therefore should be banned with immediate effect The deputy commissioner also issued directions to the police administration to ensure that the ban is implemented properly Although the district administration has imposed a ban on kite flying it failed to take any action against the meat shops in the area The meat shopkeepers used to throw waste in the open attracting birds that also pose a danger to the aircraft Mangat said he would also issue directions to the department concerned to close down all meat shops in the area For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top News 2016 Read More The photograph shows Ayaan in a similar costume, who lays on a bed in the hospital room. only 27 of 244 MPs (11 percent) are women.a Bench of Justices H L Gokhale and Ranjana P Desai put a temporary stop to the implementation of an April 18, It is a western construct, Kharge also pulled up party leader Shashi Tharoor for praising central government’s efforts as "extremely helpful".

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