Look I thought the demonetization stunt was a bad idea and executing it was as good as killing the Indian economy and setting us back by a few years in terms of growth. But I am not an economist, hell, I haven’t studied economics except for 3 papers in first year of MBA. So when Amartya Sen who has been recognised for his knowledge happens to say that it’s a mistake people who may be blind supporters would be expected to take notice. In fact, even the proponents of the demonetization debacle also took notice. I am sure lot of people don’t like Dr. Sen because he has views and opinions contrary to them. But to want specific 4 words to be beeped out of a documentary on his life is taking it a bit too far.
The few things that bothers me as per my common sense are here below:
- I didn’t event know there was a documentary made on his life, assuming not a lot of people knew this, looks to me,
- How many people really watch documentaries?
- The censor board is making a mountain of a mole hill and giving free publicity to this.
- The director doesn’t want to agree to this ‘mute the words ‘ direction because he knows he is getting publicity.
2. What happens if the words are muted?
- The whole feature loses its heart and soul, mind you these are beeped out words in sentences not scenes cut.
- The audience is able to understand the meaning and intent of the speakers words even without the words, assuming documentary is watched by people with a certain intelligence level.
3. What have the censor board achieved if the words are muted ?
- No one will watch the documentary because it has muted words.
- Everyone will flock to watch the documentary ( I don’t know where.)
- Everyone will understand what is being said even though the words are muted.
Pray tell me which of these points make sense to You? I personally cannot understand why the censor board is bothering unless motivated by political bigwigs if so why are the bigwigs bothered about a documentary? And what’s with the director posturing so much, you dont like the decision go to court. Why play the media circus? And why are people suddenly worried about their freedom of speech not that they ever have anything good to say? Isn’t it high time people realised the media business requires them to sensationalise every thing happening here we really need to stop being riled up and act like high and mighty arm chair social activists all the time.