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Karni Sena: Are They Really Worth All The Hype?

Caste-based groups like SRKS do nothing but hamper the peace of our country

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Presently, the ‘Karni Sena’ is headed by Lokendra Singh. Wikimedia Commons
Presently, the ‘Karni Sena’ is headed by Lokendra Singh. Wikimedia Commons
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By Ruchika Verma 

  • Karni Sena is a group made by and for the Rajputs
  • The Karni Sena is famous for protesting violently against everything which they think is disgracing the Rajputs
  • It is now high time to think if such groups really deserve all the hype that we provide them with

Till a few days ago, Karni Sena was all over the news, be it internet or television, everywhere there was the news of Karni Sena and the movie, Padmavati or the Padmaavat as was renamed later.

The movie ‘Padmavat’ and its whole caste was the victim of threats by SRKS. Wikimedia Commons
The movie ‘Padmavat’ and its whole caste was the victim of threats by SRKS. Wikimedia Commons

Karni Sena-Padmavati controversy went on for so long that now everybody knows about it, even those who neither care about politics nor Bollywood. The protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie was so strong it took the whole nation in its stride.

The movie was postponed and faced bans in many parts of the country. The protest was very severe and serious and bring out opinions out of everyone in the country.

Also Read: Everything You Needs To Know About ‘Padmaavat’ Movie and Its Review

Karni Sena chief, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, said that the movie portrays Rajputs in a bad light. The movie was disgracing their queen, Padmavati (which is believed to be fiction, and not reality at all) and was disrespectful to the Rajputs in general. All this without watching the movie.

Padmaavat after its release is being praised by Karni Sena as good movie which is glorifyig Rajputs. Wikimedia Commons
Padmaavat after its release is being praised by Karni Sena as a good movie which is glorifying Rajputs. Wikimedia Commons

After all the killing, nose-cutting and other kinds of threats, Karni Sena finally takes back their protest. The question arises, is Karni Sena really worth all this hype? But before that, what exactly is the origin of the Karni Sena?

Karni Sena – A brief history 

Karni Sena or the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) is a Rajput, caste-based organisation in India. It has a history of being involved in severe violent protests throughout the years to save the ‘Rajputana grace.’

The Karni Sena chief, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, started the SRKS in 2005 as his attempt to mobilise and bring together the Rajput community in India.

The community famously demanded reservations for Rajput in the government jobs and also protested against the ‘sidelining Rajput figures’ in the textbooks. The SRKS also wanted to raise the stature of Rajput legislators in the Parliament.

Presently, the ‘Karni Sena’ is headed by Lokendra Singh. Wikimedia Commons
Presently, the ‘Karni Sena’ is headed by Lokendra Singh. Wikimedia Commons

Since then there have been some splits in the Karni Sena which has given birth to three of its fractions, each led by three different leaders.

Karni Sena – Really worth the hype or not? 

‘Padmavat’ was not the first time, SRKS protested against any film or TV show involving the Rajputs. Previously, they have protested against the Ashutosh Gowariker movie, ‘ Jodhaa Akbar’ however, they did not receive any apologies from the unapologetic film-maker.

The protest against the movie was strong and many cinema halls Rajasthan did not show the movie. The ones which did were violently vandalised by the Sena.

Also Read: Censor Board calls two veteran historians to view Padmavati

A similar protest was seen against the serial, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ by Ekta Kapoor. The reason was same, defamation of the Rajputs.

Throughout the years, SRKS has done nothing but indulged in irrational demands and protests. It is nothing more than an anti-social element in the Indian society. Where people are trying to rise above caste and reservations, groups like these are doing nothing but hindering the path towards social equality.

Karni Sena has protested against the serial 'Jodha Akbar' as well in the past. Wikimedia Commons
Karni Sena has protested against the serial ‘Jodha Akbar’ as well in the past. Wikimedia Commons

Groups like these perform protests and issues threats for the sole reason of seeking publicity and attention. But, do we really need to give attention to these groups when there are more pressing matters that we as a country need to pay attention to?

Indians and Indian media need to start paying attention to the issues which really matters. Caste-based groups like SRKS do nothing but hamper the peace of our country. It is now high time that we stop reacting and start thinking if they really deserve all the hype that they get.

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Padmavati and The Modern Time’s Playboys

The movie 'Padmaavat' was finally launched on 25th of January after quite an uproar by the Rajput community

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The movie ‘Padmavat’ has been in news and creating a wave of the storm since the time of its inception. Wikimedia Commons
The movie ‘Padmavat’ has been in news and creating a wave of the storm since the time of its inception. Wikimedia Commons

By Salil Geawli

Every community has its own viewpoint on a social issue. That usually varies with the time. What was considered too outrageous some thirty years ago is pretty normal now. Why? Then it calls for a serious introspection vis-a-vis the social changes, and our acceptance of lot many things. Well, we love to consume now anything which is seemingly mouth-watering, even though they may cause social indigestion and spiritual anaemia.

No wonder the almost entire educated world condemned the ‘Karni Sena’ or Rajput community because they vehemently resisted a Bollywood film on Padmaavat. These puritan Rajput folks felt sorely upset because they consider their beloved queen Padmavati in the cinematic screen very sacrilegious. For ages, the queen of Mewar has been held in high esteem, more precisely, as the “paramount pride” of the Rajput, apart from others in the country. What rubbed salt in their wound was when the Supreme Court finally upheld the ‘freedom of expression’ and issued a decree that all states’ governments should ensure the screening of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s  film in their respective cinema halls. It seems the judicatory has almost lost its human perspective by paving way for the evil to raise its ugly head.  As expected, this triggered a series of backlashes. The Rajputs lost their sanity. They went on a rampage. They vandalized the public properties, burn a vehicle, pelted stones at a school bus, which was very uncalled for and inhumane too. Yes, historical records also caution us – ‘the fury of inferno and fury of crowds could always be disastrous’ — which our honourable judges fail to analyse and take the decision sensibly. Who will disagree, when the cherished “pride” is hurt the crowds go crazy!

Also Read: Everything You Needs To Know About The Ban On ‘Padmaavat’ Movie and It’s Review

Presently, the ‘Karni Sena’ is headed by Lokendra Singh. Wikimedia Commons
Presently, the ‘Karni Sena’ is headed by Lokendra Singh. Wikimedia Commons

Phew, freedoms of expression and flagrant entertainment at the cost of the social chaos? Is a “fleeting sense pleasure” of Bollywood films more important than the social harmony and peace? This is the height of foolishness. How did our judges earn the academic degrees that they miss to understand the language of humanity? Needless to say, our advanced folks are often heedless to the hostile consequences that could arise due to the clashes of opinions and belief systems and basic human values and ethics. Should the educated and leaders in power not strive to create the atmosphere to strengthen the bond of relationship with those we have been living with for centuries?

I am afraid, these days most the educated believe that it’s no big deal even if the sharp edge of “mutual antagonism” punctures the social fabric. If any controversial issue, we make it legally justified overnight. Our motive is so narrow, our desire so self-centred. We brutally claim that no one has right to disturb our enjoyment of fun and frolic, be it at the cost the values and belief system of our fellow brothers.   This is how we refuge to forgo any short-lived entertainment. In order to meet this ‘demand and supply’, we have a swarm of our skillfully crafty people who churn out a whole lot of titillating cinemas, even by inviting the voluptuous stars from Canada and USA and serve them to us hot. The endless smutty acts of Sunny Leone have long brought millions into the gutter of pornography. Its adverse effect will be more visible after five to ten years from now. But against such depravity we are silent. If ever any protest from any front we will cry to the hilt in their defence. Who else can defeat us? Our defensive vocabulary has been well enriched by the ‘freedom of expression’. We have at our disposal the invincible media and techno academia to bang the table!

Also Read: ‘Padmaavat’ producers move SC against ban by some states

Look at how we came out victorious. The film ‘Padmaavat’ got released. And, we all have enjoyed the despotic invader being glamorized here, and many of us have now been applauding this “brutal playboy” through our write-ups. This is how we justify anything outrageous and feel like we are the modern times Khilji!

In the star cast of the movie Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone is playing the role of Rani Padmaavat. Wikimedia Commons
In the star cast of the movie Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone is playing the role of Rani Padmaavat. Wikimedia Commons

Now let’s get down to the reality of the matter. At least with a little humane sensibility! Do any of our elites like to be “reminded” about anything ugly concerning their parents/ancestors or ones they hold in high esteem? Does it not upset any children if they would be “reminded” that their father was once very boisterous drunkard and gambler, and the mother was slyly chased after by a number of next door neighbours? Do these children then appreciate if any opportunistic person makes a film on that? I don’t think the children will ever tolerate which “remind” them of “past sleaze”.

Then how could we expect the Rajputs or others to tolerate to be “reminded”, most particularly, through the big-screen, that their “mother of pride” Padmavati was once “madly lusted after” by a lecherous Khilji? How could they endure to be haunted again that their “paragon of virtue and pride” was once about to be amorously desecrated by the over sensual invader from far off land? Could we forget the film PK where Lord Shiva was apparently insulted? Can a self-righteous director Rajkumar Hirani think of making a film denigrating his father and mother in the same manner?

Also Read: “Some people’s agenda is to break Indian parliament by 2025 through bombs and ammunition”: Vivek Agnihotri

Yes, one’s prudence says, that our mind has been heavily “invaded” now by a whole lot of brutally lustful khiljis. And as a result of which we have only been becoming less accommodating, and more hurtful to others and human values. Even the Judiciary courts come forward to support all such wanton Khiljis. (Mahesh Bhatt, R. Hirani, Pooja Bhatt, Sunny Leone…).

Anyway, lastly, one wishes —  may the sacrificial Jauhar of brave Padmavati never fail to inspire the Rajputs and us. At least to uphold the spirit of righteous courage and values and save ourselves from the evil of the modern times playboys.