Leela Samson 'Agonistes'

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Leela  Samson was to Sonia Gandhi what Pupul Jayakar was to Indira Gandhi;  Samson, hand-picked by Sonia Gandhi is currently in the eye of  another storm and this time for sins of omission and commission as  Chairperson Central Board of Film Certification or Censor Board as it  is commonly known. Hindus and Hindu organizations protesting against  Rajkumar Hirani directed Aamir Khan starrer pk,  are accusing Leela Samson of Abrahamic bias: for passing a film which  mocks and insults Hindu religious sensibilities. The film is one long  anti-Hindu diatribe, (with what has recently become a mandatory  Bollywood Pakistani Muslim romantic angle), all packaged in slick  photography and appealing music. Indian Hindu loves Indian Muslim  love story has now escalated to another level: Indian Hindu loves  Pakistani Muslim love story.

The  Muslim underworld which is known to fund Bollywood films, while on  the one hand is preparing the soil for secular debunking and young  acceptance of the love jihad phenomenon is also simultaneously aiming  high with its political intent; from campaigning for the seemingly  innocuous communal harmony through Hindu-Muslim love stories,  Bollywood’s Muslim underworld is pushing the multi-billion Hindi  film industry, especially Hindu artists towards India-Pakistan  bhaichara hoping Bollywood’s Hindus will turn a blind eye to the  very real threat of love jihad and to Indian Muslim and Pakistani  Muslim jihadi terror against the Indian nation. A hope that was  realized when a deracinated Bollywood Hindu director got a Hindu  actor to play the protagonist in Haidar –  a vicious anti-India, anti-army and anti-Hindu movie.


Discerning  Hindus have taken serious exception to pk’s  story-line and to several scenes in the film which besides insulting  Bhagwan Shiva, heaps insult upon insult on the ordinary religious  Hindu. Aamir Khan mouths a corny dialogue – jo  dar gaya vo mandir gaya.  While it is obvious how the film passed unscathed through the Censor  Board, it is a mystery why Modi Sarkar did not evict this Sonia  Gandhi appointee as Chairman Censor Board in May 2014 after the new  government took charge.

That’s  what made Sonia Sarkar so different from Modi Sarkar – Sonia  Gandhi’s complete indifference to public or professional opinion  when she placed all her loyalists, domestic minions, and sycophants  in high places – CBI, CAG, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Raj Bhavan, Prime  Minister, NSA, Sangeet Natak Academy, Censor Board and Kalakshetra  Foundation. Sonia Gandhi understood power; she purchased silence and  rewarded loyalty. Modi Sarkar suffers from the same ‘tolerant Hindu  image’ that plagued Vajpayee and his khichdi government. Leela  Samson succeeded Sharmila Tagore as Chairman Central Board of Film  Certification while Tagore succeeded Anupam Kher. Kher took over as  Chairman of the Censor Board on October 16, 2003, during the NDA  government. The NDA lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections and Sonia  Gandhi began her determined move to pack all government and  administration with her men and women. We do not know if Sonia Gandhi  asked for Kher’s resignation or if Kher resigned of his own accord  but Sharmila Tagore, who too was hand-picked by Sonia Gandhi for  embodying Indian Hindu-Indian Muslim love story, took over from  Anupam Kher on 13th  October 2004, three days short of Kher’s one year as Chairman. Why  did Modi Sarkar not show Leela Samson the door in May 2014?

This  is not the first time Leela Samson’s anti-Hindu Abrahamic bias has  come to the fore. Previously her stint as Director Kalakshetra  Foundation, Chennai was mired in one controversy after another. At  one point during Sonia Gandhi’s ten year long neo-colonial rule,  between 2011-2012, Leela Samson was heading three of the country’s  most prestigious and powerful organizations simultaneously – as  Director, Kalakshetra Foundation 2005-2012, as Chairman, Sangeet  Natak Academy August 2010-September 2014, and as Chairperson, Central  Board of Film Certification April 2011-till date. Born to a  Bene-Israeli Jewish father and Roman Catholic mother it is not  difficult to guess why Leela Samson was hand-picked by Sonia Gandhi  over the heads of other more illustrious Indians; and Hindus.

Leela  Samson may have been a student of Kalakshetra but when Sonia Gandhi  appointed her Director of the prestigious institution, she did it by  ignoring other equally meritorious Hindu artists. It needs to be  emphasised, if MK Narayanan was hand-picked for a definite purpose by  Sonia Gandhi as National Security Adviser after the sudden and  mysterious death of JN Dixit, Leela Samson too was hand-picked by  Sonia Gandhi as Director Kalakshetra Foundation for a definite  purpose. Leela Samson had her own art school and active social life  in Delhi where she was living when she was appointed Director  Kalakshetra and was therefore considered an outsider and viewed with  resentment by a large section of the teaching faculty in Kalakshetra.  If Sonia Gandhi gave Kalakshetra, the temple of classical dance and  music an Abrahamic face, then Leela Samson lived up to Sonia’s  expectations when step by calibrated step she de-Hinduised the  legendary Kalakshetra.

Several  stories soon began to leak out of Kalakshetra from unhappy teachers  and students - about Leela Samson pushing aside Rukmini Devi’s  long-established tradition, especially with regard to the distinct  Kalakshetra style of dance or ‘bani’ and themes chosen from our  Itihasas and Puranas, in the guise of innovation and creativity;  about Leela Samson removing murtis of Ganesha in and around the  Kalakshetra campus as being antithetic to Theosophist abstraction;  about running Kalakshetra according to her whims and fancies ignoring  or by-passing established rules; and even about financial hokey  pokey. But Leela Samson and her de-Hinduising mission were exposed  with proof when one of Kalakshetra’s students showed me the new  logo on diploma and post-diploma certificates which the Foundation  was issuing after Leela Samson took charge; the student also showed  me what the Kalakshetra logo looked like before Leela Samson began to  innovate with Abrahamic license and iconoclasm. (Kiranji here I am  giving you the url where you can see two certificates and one  invitation. You can title them – Before and After Leela Samson. http://satyameva-jayate.org/2012/05/12/de-hinduisation-kalakshetra/)

Leela  Samson was forced to put in her papers on 12th  April, 2012 following a Board meeting on the 10th  April when several Board members expressed unhappiness with Leela  Samson’s style of functioning. The Kalakshetra Board was divided  over the issue and Leela Samson’s critics conveyed their  unhappiness to Chairman Gopalkrishna Gandhi and demanding her  resignation with two weighty arguments –

1.  Kalakshetra was taken over by the central government and the  Foundation was placed under the Ministry of Culture. When Leela  Samspon was appointed Director, she was in effect a central  government employee and as such had to retire at the age of 60. But  despite having attained the age of superannuation, Leela Samson  continued as Director.

2.  Several Board members also sought Samson’s resignation because the  CAG report held her guilty of financial and administrative  irregularities.

Left  with no choice Gopalkrishna Gandhi forwarded Samson’s resignation  to the Ministry of Culture and it was accepted. But Leela Samson was  a Sonia loyalist and Sonia Gandhi overruled the Ministry of Culture  and refused to accept Samson’s resignation.

Sonia  Gandhi reinstated Leela Samson once again as Director Kalakshetra on  June 29, 2012, forcing angry reactions from several members of the  faculty. One of them filed a PIL in the Madras High Court challenging  Samson’s re-appointment. The High Court struck down Leela Samson’s  re-appointment and she had to exit Kalakshetra unceremoniously, her  reputation in tatters. For some reason, Leela Samson submitted her  resignation as Chairperson Sangeet Natak Academy in September 2014  but she did not offer to resign and/or Modi Sarkar did not evict her  from the Censor Board. The country has seen a spate of anti-Hindu,  anti-national films passing muster on her watch – Singham Returns,  Haidar, Mardaani and now pk.

Singham  Returns:  It this film, like in the Ram Gopal Verma directed and Amitabh  Bachchan starrer ‘Sarkar’, released in 2005 when Sharmila Tagore  was Chairperson Censor Board, the villain is a Hindu religious  leader. In Singham Returns the hero Ajay Devgun reportedly threatens  to physically assault the sanyasi while he is shown entering a mosque  respectfully with his head covered.

Haidar:  Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj with actor Shahid Kapoor in lead role,  Leela Samson passed this anti-India, anti-Hindu and anti-army film;  only goes to show that Bollywood’s underworld patrons have a long  reach. A Muslim wedding and a song have been shot in the ruins of the  majestic Kashmiri Hindu Martand Sun Temple referred to as devil’s  den in the film. No religious, temple-going Hindu would have agreed  to refer to a Hindu temple as a ‘devil’s den’. No patriot would  have acted in an anti-India film with no redeeming objective; and no  self-respecting Hindu would have agreed to be a part of a film which  depicts the Indian state, Indian establishment and the Indian army as  villains. Leela Samson passed this movie too with no cuts.

Mardaani:  A brilliant film on child trafficking and child prostitution, two of  the film’s pimps in the child prostitution business are shown  wearing the Hindu sacred sign ‘Om’ around their necks. Hindus do  not wear ‘om’ around their necks like Christians wear the cross.  The ‘Om’ was intentional and meant to show Hindus in poor light.

pk:  Leela Samson is reported to have said, she will not review her  decision to pass pk; that pk is already in the public domain and she  will not call it back to remove scenes offending Hindu religious  sensibilities. Leela Samson should answer the following questions:

1.Would  she have passed a film which showed Christ being chased around a city  until his robes slip off and he stands in his underwear? Or if  instead of Bhagwan Shiva this had been Prophet Mohammed?

2.  Would Leela Samson have passed the movie if Director Rajkumar  Hirani’s dialogue read ‘Jo dar Gaya vo masjid gaya or mecca  gaya’?

3.  Would Leela Samson have passed the movie if the movie was about  sodomising Christian priests or terrorist mullahs and maulvis  exhorting the faithful to jihad from inside a mosque?

Leela  Samspon had the audacity to remark that she cannot remove scenes  wounding religious sensibilities on the ground that adherents of  every religion then would be calling to ban films unless some scenes  were removed. “"Every film may hurt religious sentiments of  somebody or the other. We can't remove scenes unnecessarily because  there is something called creative endeavour where people present  things in their own way. We have already given certificate to 'PK'  and we can't remove anything now because it's already out for public  viewing," she told PTI.  (http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report-censor-board-not-to-remove-any-scenes-from-pk-chairperson-leela-samson-2047688)

Famous  last words but was Leela Samson speaking the truth when she said she  would never excise scenes just because it hurt someone’s religious  feelings?

Now  look what she did when the church and Christians were up in arms.

Mumbai, September  27, 2012: After the protest and procession against the film, "Kamaal  Dhamaal Malamaal" from St. Peter’s Church in suburban Bandra,  the Censor Board assured community groups - The Catholic Secular  Forum (CSF), Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC), Maharashtra  Christian Youth Forum (MCYF), Catholic Residents Organization for  Social Services (CROSS) & Catholics for Preservation of Faith  (CPF) - that their concerns had been addressed and objectionable  scene had been deleted from the film. The Central Board of Film  Certification (CBFC) chairperson, Ms. Leela Samson conveyed to the  community groups that the film was shown to a Catholic review member  and necessary action had been taken.

Today, a delegation  met with representatives of apex film producers associations - Indian  Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA), Film Makers Combine  (FMC) and Western India Film Producers Association (WIFPA), who in  writing assured them that an advisory would be sent out to the film  fraternity, cautioning the industry of stringent action, in case  religious sentiments of any community was hurt. The producers  associations also spoke to Percept Pictures, the producers of "Kamaal  Dhamaal Malamaal", who assured that corrective action would be  taken and the hence, the producers associations requested that the  movie release be uninterrupted.  (http://linkis.com/www.kemmannu.com/tmdk0)

And when Muslim  religious feelings were offended

Censor  Board slams jokes on Johnny Lever's name 'Abdullah' in  'Entertainment', April 8, 2014

Mumbai: The censor board has objected to the way Johnny Lever's character's  name has been mispronounced in the forthcoming film 'Entertainment'  and asked its makers to change it.

The  Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which viewed the film  late last week, has asked that Lever's character's name be changed.

Said  a source: "Lever's character is named Abdullah, which is a very  sacred name. Throughout the film other characters keep mispronouncing  Abdullah's name, calling him all sorts of things like 'arashogollah'  and 'amashallah'.

"The  CBFC has asked the film's producers and co-directors Sajid-Farhad to  change Johnny Lever's character's name to avoid hurting anyone's  sentiments."

While  the jokes on Johnny's name remain, he is no longer called 'Abdullah'  but 'Habibullah' in the movie. Starring Akshay Kumar in the lead  role, the film is coming out Friday; therefore, the director duo had  to work overnight to make the necessary change.

"It  was a lot of hard work since Johnny's character is there throughout  the film and the jokes on his name occur all through. But there was  no option. We can't afford to take risks of hurting religious  sentiments.  (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/censor-board-slams-jokes-on-johnny-levers-name-abdullah-in-entertainment/490864-8-66.html)

Leela  Samson’s Abrahamic bias is beyond dispute. She was shown the door  in Kalakshetra, she read the writing on the wall in Sangeet Natak  Academy and resigned before she was evicted. Modi Sarkar must respect  the religious sentiments of Hindus who voted for this sarkar and show  Leela Samson the door. Leela Samson is an Abrahamic pretender in the  Hindu classical and folk arts. Hindus must escalate their protests  against pk until the government orders a review of the Censor Board  decision. After all and Modi Sarkar will agree, had Aamir Khan been  chasing Gandhi and not Bhagwan Shiva, Modi Sarkar would have had  Leela Samson’s head by now. Hindus deserve no less.

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