Tuesday April 7, 2020

Inquiry confirms assault on scribe for speaking Hindi in Goa

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Panaji:  A year after a local journalist accused two police officials here of misbehaving with him just because he was a Hindi-speaking non-Goan, an internal police enquiry confirmed the allegation.

In the report, Superintendent of Police (Crime) Kartik Kashyap said, on Saturday, that “journalist Mukesh Kumar was dealt in a biased manner which might have been (the case) because he was speaking in Hindi”.

Mukesh Kumar, who worked as a reporter with a local cable news channel had complained to the police in December last year that Inspector PK Vast and Sub-Inspector Vikram Naik verbally abused him and roughed him up for looking and sounding like a Hindi speaking person from outside the state.

The incident happened at the Panaji police station. Mukesh Kumar had sought police help after he was threatened by four or five people.

Police officials PK Vast and Vikram Naik, have maintained that the charges against them were false.

SP Kartik Kashyap said it seemed that others involved in the brawl with Mukesh Kumar were given “preferential treatment”, but it did not appear that Inspector Vast had physically assaulted him.

Filed with the Director General of Police, Kashyap’s report also says that the two police officials had been “verbally advised” to show restraint with members of the media and other visitors by the Deputy Inspector General of Police.(IANS)(image courtesy: c2.staticflickr.com)

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Actress Taapsee Pannu Decides Not to Give up South Indian Films

Hindi not pan-India language, won't give up South films: Taapsee

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Having played strong characters in films like 'Pink' and 'Naam Shabana', Taapse believes women should be like that in real life too. Wikimedia Commons

Hindi is not a pan-India language and giving up acting in south Indian films would be a “very stupid” move, actor Taapsee Pannu said on Saturday, insisting that she did not use Tamil and Telugu films as a stepping stone to gain entry into Bollywood.

Pannu also said that few actors manage to crossover different genres of cinema, made in varying langauges and regions and get known in small centres in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana as well as in the Hindi-speaking belt.

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Disturbed by how some communities are targeted: Taapsee Pannu. IANS

“I think few actors make that crossover successfully and I don’t want to leave that position. It would be very stupid of me to leave that market. It is perceived that Hindi is a pan-India thing, but I do not think so. I will continue to work in South,” Pannu said.

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“South has taught me what film-making is. It made me an actor. So there is a sense of gratitude, that I have. At no point of time, I used it as a stepping stone to get into Bollywood. They (South Indian films) taught me what light is, what camera is. I cannot leave it,” Pannu also said. (IANS)

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