States Act Stupid
Following the footsteps of Nagaland and Punjab, Tamilnadu has decided to ban the screening of Da Vinci Code. Unlike most other parts of the country, The Da Vinci Code was supposed to be released in TN on 2nd June. When the Central government itself has decided against imposing a ban on the movie, why are the state governments trying to prove that they also have some decision-making power?
TN and Punjab are ruled by DMK and Congress respectively. These two parties are part of the UPA government, which is in power at the Centre. If these parties really want to support the cause of the minorities, what have these state units done when the I&B Ministry came out with a decision? These bans hardly work as people can anyway go to the neighbouring state to watch the movie or wait till they get hold of a pirated copy. Ultimately, theatre owners and distributors could be on the losing side.
"The Government has taken cognizance of the various reports and complaints received from the minority communities, particularly Christian community regarding the proposed screening of the movie," the Principal Secretary, Home, said in a press release.
The screening of the movie might hurt the religious feelings and sentiments of the Christian community and lead to demonstrations and disturb peace and tranquillity within the State, the release added.
The movie has been running in several other states for the last 5 days and no major concerns have been raised. Even if the minorities are offended, why can’t the state authorities make an attempt to hear their views and release the movie after making cuts or disclaimers suggested by the minorities?