Rajputs of Rajasthan are up in arms against the distortion of historical facts in a television serial on Jodha-Akbar. They plan to file a writ petition in the Rajasthan high court also.
"The upcoming serial is a blunder and will damage the social fabric of Rajasthan. Such serials leave a deep imprint on the hearts and minds of people. The makers of the serial have not conducted a thorough research, " Pravin Jasol, an Ahmedabad-based lawyer heading the legal team of the Rajput community said.
The legal provisions are available under Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution if a broadcast hurts the feelings of any particular community or a particular section of society, he added.
Professor LS Rathore, former vice chancellor of Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur, plans to file the writ. "History should not be distorted for commercial purposes. It is the heritage of our future generations. Legal action will settle the row once and for all," he said.
Makers of the serial Jodha Akbar claim it is a historical drama scheduled for airing by Zee TV from June 18. Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms Ltd has produced the serial. When contacted by HT, Ekta refused to comment.
"The serial Jodha Akbar allegedly portrays the sixteenth century purported love story of a political marriage of convenience between the Mughal emperor Akbar and an imaginary Rajput princess, Jodhaa. This is historically incorrect," said Lokendra Singh Kalvi, the founder patron of Shri Rajput Karni Sena, the organisation spearheading the protests said.
Kalvi said that they would not allow the serial to be broadcast. "We will take every step to stop broadcast of this serial. We are holding talks with Zee TV at their Noida office. If talks fail, we will take legal action and protest in the streets," he said.
Rajputs claim that Abul Fazal's 'Ain-e-Akbari' and 'Akbarnama' make no reference to Jodha Bai. The name also does not find mention in Jehangir's memoirs named Tuzuj-I-Jahangiri or Jahangirnama which were backed by Akbar and Jahangir themselves.
Rajputs had staged similar protests against the film Akbar-Jodha directed by Ashutosh Gowariker which was released in 2008.