Marxists oppose ban on Fanaa, Code
WB CM gave all credit to the Marxists' campaign for the trouble-free screening of The Da Vinci Code in West Bengal.india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 19:14 IST
Lending support to the campaign against disallowing of the screening of Fanaa in Gujarat and the ban on The Da Vinci Code in some states, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday took credit for the trouble-free screening of the Tom Hanks starrer in his state.
Complimenting the CPI(M) cultural Wing Praja Natya Mandali for initiating the signature campaign against 'culture policing' by Gujarat and some states buckling under pressure to ban the screening of The Da Vinci Code, the veteran Marxist leader, who wasin Hyderabadin connection with the three-day Central Committee meeting, said "the screening of The Da Vinci Code in the Government theatre complex of Nandan was trouble-free. That is Bengal," he proudly remarked, praising the Bengali people's spirit of tolerance.
The action of BJP workers in Gujarat in not allowing the screening of Fanaa was 'undemocratic and unconstitutional', party-led All India Democratic Women's Organisation National President and CPI(M) Central Committee member Subhashini Ali said, adding the Centre had set a bad precedence by viewing The Da Vinci Code along with some so-called religious leaders after the Censor Board had cleared it.
Mr Arun Mehta, CPI(M) Central Committee member from Gujarat said people of his state were for the screening the film. But the ruling BJP "exerted pressure" on exhibitors and promised various tax concessions in return for not screening Fanaa, he claimed.
Opposing the fundamentalist tendency, Kerala Culture Minister MA Baby said, "India, home of various ideologies, has a rich cultural tradition of tolerance." Not only secular and democratic forces, but all right thinking should join hands and oppose curbs on freedom of expression, he added.