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‘Urban Naxal’: A Book by Vivek Agnihotri

During the book launch, Vivek stressed upon the need of reading books and going to the library.

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Vivek Agnihotri launched his new book, “urban Naxal” at the World Book Fair
Vivek Agnihotri launched his new book, “urban Naxal” at the World Book Fair
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  • Vivek Agnihotri is a Bollywood filmmaker
  • Vivek had challenged Jignesh Mevani for an “open debate”
  • He is also the producer of “Buddha in a Traffic Jam”

NEW DELHI: The controversial Bollywood filmmaker and activist Vivek Agnihotri yesterday launched his new book, “urban Naxal” at the World Book Fair. He was accompanied by Sandeep Deo, the author of the book and Padma Shri, Ram Bahadur Rai, who was the Chief Guest of the event. The Garuda Prakashan was the publication of this book.

During the book launch, Vivek stressed upon the need of reading books and going to the library. He said, “Going to the library is more important than going to temples. We should buy books and read, rather than downloading the content from the website. By doing this, you will be doing injustice to yourself and your kids.” He also talked about certain communities who wanted to break India and spread communalism.

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Prior to this event, Vivek had thrown an open challenge to Jignesh Mevani for an “open debate” at the Constitution Club on Tuesday. For the same, posters were put all over in Luteyns which is a plush area of the Delhi. Jignesh Mevani is a Dalit activist and newly-elected Gujarat MLA. At the recently held ‘Yuva Hunkar’ rally in Delhi on January 9, Mevani had called the Narendra Modi government a “threat” to democracy and the Constitution.

Vivek tweeted his challenge to Mevani, “If you are a man of convictions, you won’t shy away! See you at 3 pm on 9 Jan at the Constitution Club. Pl confirm latest by 6 pm on 8 Jan.” By 8 pm, the tweet had garnered around 6,000 likes, 4,600 retweets and 683 replies.

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Vivek Agnihotri had also been in controversy for his movie, “Buddha in a Traffic Jam”. The film was about the nexus between an India-wide Maoist terror movement and their supporters in urban centres, such as academia and media. The agenda of the movie was the ways Naxalites are waging war against India with detailed plans to overthrow the government. This gripping story recounts Agnihotri’s own grooming in college to be an Urban Naxal and details the plans and modus operandi of the movement.

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Interestingly, the director of Buddha in a Traffic Jam has come out with a book that is titled ‘Urban Naxal’ and goes on the same lines as that of his movie.

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The Clarification From the Makers of the Flim ‘Zero’ Accepted by BJP MLA

Featuring Shah Rukh, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in pivotal roles, "Zero" is slated to release on December 21.

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After asking ‘Zero’ movie director Aanand L. Rai and actor Shah Rukh Khan to remove an “objectionable” scene from the movie and urging police to file a complaint against them for “hurting” the sentiments of Sikhs, BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa has accepted the clarification offered by the film’s makers.

Applauding the maker’s quick response, Sirsa tweeted: “It’s good you have clarified this in time. We accept your point. Anything that hurts religious sentiments should be clarified with clear communication.”

The controversy started due to a scene in a trailer in which Shah Rukh seems to be wearing Sikh religious symbol Gatka Kirpan in the underwear. Sirsa, a Delhi MLA, demanded that it must be immediately deleted.

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The images show a dagger popularly known as ‘katar’ in the Indian-subcontinent.

The film’s PR team wrote to him saying no visual or image in the film depicted the Kirpan.

“The images show a dagger popularly known as ‘katar’ in the Indian-subcontinent and is nowhere close to a Kirpan that carries the distinguished blessing of being Khalsa.

“The team ‘Zero’ clarifies that they have been careful not to hurt the feelings of community and any concerned caused is completely inadvertent,” it said.

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Featuring Shah Rukh, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in pivotal roles, “Zero” is slated to release on December 21. (IANS)