‘Gujarat’ Still a Roadblock for Amartya Sen Documentary

By:- Kanishka Yadav


CBFC cleared all hurdles for NRI filmmaker Suman Ghosh’s hour -long documentary on Amartya Sen, The Argumentative Universal certification. All, save one.
‘Gujarat’ continues to haunt Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen even after the burden of ‘Cow’, ‘Gujarat’, ‘Hindu’ and ‘Hindutva’ has been removed from his shoulders.

The board has asked Suman Ghosh to remove the word ‘Gujarat’ from one of Amartya Sen’s speeches, which he delivered at Cornell University in the context of the communal riots that took place in the state in 2002. The CBFC has issued a show -cause notice, Ghosh confirmed.

The film, shot in two parts of 2002 and 2017, has Sen talking about the social choice theory, development economics, philosophy and the rise of right -wing nationalism across the world, including India.

Unconvinced with the conditional clearance, Ghosh remains undecided on whether he would accept the clause to appear the way for the documentary’s release in India”. I am yet to decide whether i would abide by the CBFC suggestion. I would definitely consult Professor Sen before taking a final call on that”, Ghosh said.
National Award -winning director Suman Ghosh faced a lots of hurdles to make this hour long documentary, ‘The Argumentative Indian’ released.

The matter was communicated to the filmmaker after the board’s regional review committee in Mumbai watched the documentary on Thursday. The release of the documentary of the film was in July last year after Ghosh refused to abide by the diktat of the board, then chaired by Pahlaj Nihalani, to beep out expressions like ‘Gujarati’, ‘Cow’, ‘Hindu’ and ‘Hindutva’.

Following the screening in Mumbai, I had a very honest and fruitful discussion with CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi. He loved the film and expressed hus opinions about it. It was a healthy exchange of views”, Ghosh said.

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