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Jayalalithaa justifies ban on Vishwaroopam

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The Chief Minister said that neither she has personal grudge against Kamal Haasan nor any personal interest in banning the movie.
The Chief Minister said that neither she has personal grudge against Kamal Haasan nor any personal interest in banning the movie.

Breaking her silence over the controversy surrounding the ban on Tamil film ‘Vishwaroopam’, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa today said her Government was willing to facilitate resolution of the crisis if the Muslim outfits and actor Kamal Haasan could hammer out an agreement.

Coming under all-round attack over the two-week ban imposed in the wake of protests by Muslim outfits, Jayalalithaa defended the Government’s decision, saying it was based on intelligence inputs about likely violence and to maintain law and order.

Making it clear that she had no “personal grudge” against Haasan or “personal interest” in banning the movie, she said that there was no question of curbing freedom of speech.

“Even at this stage, if Muslim organisations and Kamal Haasan are willing to sit and arrive at an amicable agreement, the Tamil Nadu Government is willing to facilitate that,” she said after holding talks with top officials.

Squarely blaming the actor for the developments, Jayalalithaa said: “If Kamal Haasan had shown Muslim leaders the movie in the beginning, all this could have been avoided.”

The Chief Minister said over the last few days, there has been lot of “hysteria” whipped up in the media over ’Vishwaroopam’ and “reckless” and “wild charges” had been levelled.

She said the threat to law and order was “very real” and many Muslim outfits had announced a series of agitations. The primary objective of the Government was to maintain peace and tranquillity. “We relied on Intelligence inputs,” she said.

“As Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, my first and foremost priority is maintenance of law and order and to ensure public peace in which people can carry on with their daily lives and work,” Jayalalithaa said, citing inadequate police manpower to provide security at all 524 theatres where the movie was to be screened.

(This article was published on January 31, 2013)
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Comments:

CM's defence is not convincing. This is a clear case of vote catching
politics. We have seen umpteen number of films which have otherwise
showed a section of the society in a bad taste. Lot of politicianns,
police officials, and other celebrities were depicted in a funny and at
times in a foolish way. Everybody knows it is a cinema. Agreed, art
should not promote and support hatred but there is a way of depicting
the evils of the society, be it from any religion/community/agencies.

from:  Ramachandran
Posted on: Feb 1, 2013 at 00:56 IST

The central board of censors,should now call for objections to a
movie,before it is put to them for clearance.Those groups with
propensity to break law and order, should have the first
say.Potential law breakers and the producer should share a common
platform to iron out their differences.Silence on the controversy was
better than clarification.

from:  Goovindu
Posted on: Feb 1, 2013 at 08:08 IST

I am not familiar with the politics of tamilnadu but I must say that this is the first time I listened to jayalalitha.She has impressed me with the way she answered the questions from the media.She is articulate, lucid and makes lot of sense.A sea change from the noisy brigade we are used to.Hope she remains corrupt free in this tenure as she was in her last.Also less dravida and more on development.

from:  shiv
Posted on: Feb 1, 2013 at 09:30 IST

CM need not have to defend her decision. Infact those who forced Government intervention should be ashamed about it. At present juncture Tamilnadu government has other top priorities like power, water etc.,and the government is doing its best to protect the people of Tamilnadu. Why is that those who forced the government to intervene in this matter doesnot have the guilt of wasting government's time. Those who are in power are also human beings like us and above all elected by us. Do we we disturb our mother when we have a problem? we donot disturb right! when it is the case why is that these things are being done to a mother who protects our mother as a duty. Please think and shed the hatred promoted in the name of religion

from:  pathrudeen
Posted on: Feb 1, 2013 at 12:19 IST

People who question the bonfides of the CM also indirectly challenge the rule of law. The government went with the intelligence reports it had; those who doubted that approached the highest court of that State and it upheld the ban. Now the choices are to accept that and go to Supreme Court in appeal or negotiate with people opposing the movie. Instead people choose to blame the CM, the courts...in fact if at all some one is to be blamed it is the people who threatened the movie; they could have peacefully protested or opposed or educated the people of their views. Then this is India. Might is right...

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Feb 1, 2013 at 15:55 IST
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