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Thoughts on 19/2/2006

UP Minister for Minority Welfare Yaqoob Qureshi should be arrested and prosecuted for announcing Rs.51 crore award for beheading of Danish editor. Giving a contract for a murder is a crime. The Governor should dismiss him immediately. Otherwise President should intervene.
The first session of a year of Lok Sabha has to be addressed by the President and the first session of a year of Legislative Assembly has to be addressed by the Governor. A session of a year has to end on December 31 and can not be extended to another year. Violations of this constitutional provision have taken place. Should not take place in future.
Hunting and agriculture are older than prostitution. Prostitution should not be confused with sex.
Dancing nude is not a sin. It is not adultery or fornication. Pondicherry should not be called sin city because of nude dances.

Letter to Shailaja Bajpai

This is in reference to your column on 6/2/2006.
FTV is telecast from Hong Kong. 9.30 p.m. IST is midnight at Hong Kong. I expected you to know that.
Midnight hot is a good programme. I watch it. It is good that it appears it at 9.30 p.m. It is a visual delight to watch models making a clean breast. Do not write against it. So far there is no controversy about it. Please do not start one. There is no compulsion to you or anyone to watch it. May be some women do not like midnight hot because there is nothing in it for them. Let those who are happy to watch it continue to do so.
Your column appeared on 6/2/2006. Till then midnight hot showed female models. That night male models were shown for some time. May be women do not like midnight hot because there is nothing in it for them.
You and many others have problems with female nudity. You do not have problems with male nudity. There is no criticism of telecast of men in underwears or men in full frontal nudity. In 2001 Naga sadhus in full frontal nudity were shown on DD. There was no criticism. Criticising women for nudity and not criticising men for nudity is double standards and sexual discrimination.
Indian Express dated 11/2/2006 has an interview of a female student of Aligarh Muslim University who was threatened and harassed by some fellow students for wearing jeans. Those students need to be arrested. Will you come out in defence of the female student?
Some years back someone went to Bombay High Court to stop the telecast of FTV. His contention was that bare breasted women were against Indian culture and people watch TV programmes with family members. The Judges reminded him that tribal women in India are bare breasted and they live with family members.
Once you wrote that Star Gold shows soft porn after midnight. I watched Star Gold after midnight and was disappointed.
There are serious issues that confront women in India that make TV headlines. Imrana’s father-in-law rapes her and a fatwa is issued that her husband becomes her son. Gudiya is happily married and expecting her child. Her first husband suddenly appears and she is told to go to her first husband. She is not asked to choose between the two. Even if her second marriage was illegal or invalid she could have divorced her first marriage and continued to live with her second husband but that option was not given to her.
There are films I like. It will be nice if you write in favour of their full and uncensored telecast. Some of them are given below. Ignore the dates in bracket.
China Moon
Coca Cola Kid
Unlawful entry
Wild Orchid
Eyes of a stranger
Poodle Springs
Fist of fury
Pretty woman
Last Emotion
Striptease (27/9/2002)
Death Wish 5 (2/11/2002)
Class (5/11/2002)
Hit the Dutchman (11/11/2002)
FX 2 ((15/11/2002)
Double Impact (18/11/2002)
To kill for (26/11/2002)
Italian Movie (2/12/2002)
Surviving Picasso (7/12/2002)
Hot Bubblegum (9/12/2002)
Teachers (20/12/2002)
No way out (23/12/2002)
Infinity (20/1/2003)
The woman in red (11/2/2003)
The Bounty (27/2/2003)
Cool Change (3/3/2003)
Fatal Beauty (10/3/2003)
Monkey Shine (1/4/2003)
Inferno (7/4/2003)
True Blood (14/6/2003)
Save me (30/6/2003)
Incognito (18/7/2003)
Norma Jean & Marilyn (21/7/2003)
Appetite (25/7/2003)
Terminator (7/8/2003)
Police Academy (21/8/2003)
Police Academy 2, 3, 4, 5 (22/8/2003)
The base 2
Out of sight (10/1/2003)
Body of evidence (24/2/2003)
Top gun (20/3/2003)
The other side of midnight (11/7/2003)
Coyote ugly (16/8/2003)
Rosemary’s baby (4/9/2003)
Black Magic Woman (6/9/2003)
Midnight Heat
Whispers in the dark
Dying young (9/12/2002)
Striking distance (30/12/2002)
Red letters (6/5/2003)
When Harry met Sally (26/5/2003)
Mr. Wonderful (12/6/2003)
Mission Impossible 2 (10/7/2003)
The Hunted (5/8/2003)
Erin Brokovich (5/8/2003)
American Beauty (11/8/2003)
Sea of love (14/8/2003)
Coyote ugly (16/8/2003)
Zebra lounge (16/8/2003)
Jackie Brown (18/8/2003)
The Prophecy II (18/8/2003)
Love and rage (19/8/2003)
Dark Angel (21/8/2003)
Bare witness (30/8/2003)
Everyone says I love you (1/9/2003)
Black Magic Woman (6/9/2003)
Separate ways (9/9/2003)
Meet Joe Black (12/9/2003)
Johnny skidmarks (16/9/2003)
Cruel intentions (16/9/2003)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (16/9/2003)
Miami Blues (17/9/2003)
Stealing Beauty (18/9/2003)
The fourth protocol (20/9/2003)
Indiscreet (20/9/2003)
No man’s land (28/9/2003)
Double jeopardy (28/9/2003)
Breathless (7/10/2003)
Female perversions (14/10/2003)
Angel of destruction (18/10/2003)
Miracle Beach (3/11/2003)
Sweet November (19/11/2003)
Gattaca (4/12/2003)
Double cross (6/12/2003)
Vanilla sky (10/1/2004)
Sexual predator (10/1/2004)
Shredder (10/1/2004)
Money train (14/1/2004)
Strangers (14/1/2004)
Dead on (29/1/2004)
Diabolique (29/1/2004)
The mask of Zorro (29/1/2004)
Fatal attraction (29/1/2004)
Hunting (3/2/2004)
Acts of love (8/4/2004)
Praise (8/4/2004)
Insomnia (8/4/2004)
Reason to Die (17/4/2004)
The killer inside (17/4/2004)
Hot target (15/6/2004)
Gangs of New York (1/8/2005)
Thank you.

Cartoon Controversy

Cartoons are meant to convey a message in a funny way, which may not be pleasing to some. Cartoon depicting Mohammed as terrorist caused widespread anger among Muslims. Muslims had a right to protest and boycott products. Setting fire to embassies and consulates and calling for murder of persons is unacceptable.
Saudi Arabia, Libya and Syria have recalled ambassadors from Denmark. Will they recall ambassadors from every country where these cartoons appeared? What will Iran do?
BBC and CNN did not show the cartoons. Christopher Hutchins (Higgins?) was offended at censorship.
Is it clash of civilizations? Have Muslim extremists hijacked the protests?
GOD TV once showed the cartoons clearly. Next time they were not clear. In his interview with Pat Robertson on 9/2/2006, Thomas Spencer, author of “Politically incorrect guide to Islam” said Mohammed was a man of war and violence. Out of the 78 battles he fought 77 were battles of offence. He got the poets opposed to him killed.
An Iranian newspaper has called for cartoons on holocaust. Denmark is not a Jewish country. Israel is not involved in this controversy. What connects cartoons to Israel is not clear except that it suits Iran.
The issue would not have been so volatile except for an Imam from Denmark who went to the Middle East and provoked people there. Demonstrations in Syria and Iran had state sponsorship.
Indian Government and Congress Party should not get involved in this controversy even though some Muslims demand recall of Indian Ambassador in Denmark and condemnation of cartoons by the Government of India and Sonia Gandhi, President of the Congress Party. This issue has nothing to do with India. Bowing to some Muslims whose followers are limited confers on them larger than life image and creates problems. In Egypt there were no widespread protests due to sinking of Al Salaam in which many people lost their lives.

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