Jaipur, Feb 10, 2017: Shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s upcoming movie “Padmavati” seems to have run into further problems.
A former Jaipur royal family has now come out in support of Shree Rajput Karni Sena, which had opposed shooting of the film at Jaigarh fort near Jaipur alleging distortion of historical facts by the filmmaker.
The former Jaipur royal family, in a statement here, warned that anyone attempting to distort the heritage or the history will not be tolerated at any cost.
The family said that it stands with Shree Rajput Karni Sena and other such national organisations, which want to keep alive the rich and proud history of Rajasthan.
The statement also pointed out that disciplinary action is being taken against the erring officials of the department, which has been set up by the family to take care of shootings and to take necessary permissions in regard to shooting of films and advertisements.
“This department did not provide full information to the royal family relating to the film `Padmavati` and gave permission to shoot it,” the statement said.
Shooting for films, serials and advertisements take place frequently in the different historic palaces belonging to the Jaipur royal family on a regular basis.
The statement further went on to say that the family stands committed to protect the proud history of Rajasthan. Anyone attempting to twist or change the history of Rajasthan will not be tolerated.
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“In future, before any such shootings take place in the historic monuments of the royal family, the narration of the entire story will be thoroughly checked.”
On January 27, activists of the Rajput organisation Shree Rajput Karni Sena protested, misbehaved and manhandled the crew of “Padmavati”.
They also damaged some cameras and other equipment. Bhansali had to stop shooting.(IANS)
Close to the India-Pakistan border near Rajasthan’s Pokhran lies a village named Khartoli where residents are slowly succumbing to cancer, perhaps paying the price for the two nuclear tests conducted in its vicinity. However, none of the officials concerned have so far paid attention to their health travails.
India’s first nuclear test was conducted under then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1974 at a stretch just 10 km from Khartoli. In 1998, the country conducted its second nuclear under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a site barely 3 km from the village.
Sanwaldan Ratnoo, a resident of Pokhran, confirmed that cancer cases in Khartoli multiplied after the nuclear tests. However, the governments of the time never took up the issue and even the 2018 Assembly elections passed off without anyone lending their ear to the pain and trauma of the people, he said.
According to Ratnoo, out of the 4,000 odd residents in the village, as many as 80 to 100 are cancer patients.
“Nuclear tests definitely strengthened India’s position in the world. However, we felt bad for the fact that no steps were taken to ensure that the villages in the vicinity of the test sites didn’t face any health risk.
“Deformity cases have gone up in Khartoli and they can be noticed even in new-born calves. The growth of our kids has been affected,” he added.
Nathuram Vishnoi, sarpanch of Khartoli village, said: “We are surprised that the site which brought national and international fame to Pokhran has been left ignored. We have seen our kids die a silent death, but nobody has leant an ear to their cries.”
“We have approached many government officials, but they just don’t want to listen to us. For decades we have been trying to draw their attention, but all our efforts went in vain.
“We have submitted memorandums to many people, including Chief Ministers and other politicians, but nothing has happened. Surprisingly, they (politicians) come here begging for votes but fail to notice our kids who have turned blind or are suffering from other deformities,” Vishnoi added.
Former IPS officer Pankaj Choudhary, who is contesting from the Barmer-Jaisalmer Lok Sabha seat on a BSP ticket, said: “Many people brought the issue of ‘radiation threat’ to my notice when I was campaigning. I have promised to look into the matter. However, I am shocked that none of the previous governments showed any interest in resolving the crisis.”
When IANS contacted Bhupendra Kumar, the Chief Medical Officer of Jaisalmer, he expressed his ignorance about the presence of any such village under his jurisdiction.
“I just joined this work station a month back and have not heard about this issue yet,” he said.
Pradeep Gaur, the head of radiology at the SN Medical College in Jodhpur, said: “I remember a professor taking up this issue and submitting a paper on it many years back. But that was a long time ago and hence I can’t recollect much on the matter.”
Asked if any research has been done on this issue, he expressed his inability to recall anything concrete.
Dilip Singh, a professor in the same institute, said: “I have a feeble memory of the high court ordering a research on this subject sometime ago. But I am not sure if any paper has been submitted in this matter.” (IANS)