‘In Defence of our Present’ I#SupportFTII

The Government is acting so senselessly that now it has all become like a bad, a very bad quality of film. It has become an annoying and unacceptable farce. But farce it maybe, it surely is not a film, it is real life and there are people who are suffering… suffering because of a range of bigoted ideas wrapped in empty patriotic beliefs that has been nurturing differences among people from generations. This will go on and on and will affect every individual on this planet in some way, if we refuse to understand each other, if we deny looking for the truth on our own level and if we don’t take a stand. Every bit counts!

Download the booklet, share the link, spread the word…it counts!

Thank you!


‘In Defence of our Present – On giving up the National Awards’ is a booklet released by Solidarity with ‪#‎FTII‬, a group of filmmakers who came together to protest against the blatant disregard by this government for plurality, tolerance and secularism in the country as well as their attempts to destroy the excellence of institutions like Film and Television Institute of India. The booklet brings together statements by filmmakers on returning their National Awards as well as essays on the struggle of FTII students.
For more information – https://www.facebook.com/FTII-Wisdom-Tree-1607915209448356/ 

Question No. 1

Sir, my question is that so much has happened but still nothing has happened….

Huh!? What do you mean by so much has happened but still nothing has happened? Why are you beating around the bush?

Sir what I wanted to say is that….

Then why didn’t you begin with what you wanted to say?

Sir I… all the students… we, we have a question….

Instead of answering the questions, you want to ask one? Good-good!

The freedom of speech and expression….

Okay! Okay! What is the question? Get to the point.

Question no.1 is that can a question be raised without – placing it in a “waste of time” box or labeling it as an “inappropriate demand” or cementing it to a “preconceived notion” or jumping to an “ordered and stamped conclusion” or worrying about the “grand and cushy chair” or tracing it as an “outdated endeavor” or blaming the question for its relation to any “upset, unresolved history” or entering it in a “silly strike and stupid rebels” file or showing a fake concern by saying “I understand but” or highlighting the “strict consequences” or giving a “practiced performance” cunningly or postponing the talk to a more “suitable and auspicious day” or making fun of it and then calling the police to “handle the hooligans”?

Sir, this is 21st century and our generation….

Well, thank you for telling me that it is the 21st century and now let me inform you that rules apply for everyone, including your generation.

Agreed! But Sir, there is a difference between rules and conservative, bigoted ideas.

Listen! Your time is up. We’ll continue tomorrow, please leave.

But Sir, we want an answer… an answer to the question that you haven’t even listened yet.

Please! Don’t force me to….

Sir, just one question….

Oh-ho! It’s 5:10. I am a family man, why don’t you understand? Move!

Question no.1 has changed now but has become only complex, still without an answer. It is-  why are they afraid of the questions to such an extent that – they have started living a dishonest life; they blame and blame and blame and hide and hide and hide; they have prepared a “counter questions” list to attack the questions aimed at them; they blindly believe that others are 10 to the power 9 times wrong and only their version is the right one; they have sold their listening ears and sensitive heart to buy praises and positions; they would rather keep quiet and tolerate till the question knocks on their door; they have accepted the half read stories before reading the end; they have twisted the already twisted report just to save the trophy in their hall; they have murdered the truth and planted plastic flowers on its grave; they live in constant terror and false belief that they are safe.

It is funny that the question is yet not addressed, though an unceasing hullabaloo exists as if in fashion, that too from ages. Maybe the answer is not inconceivable, only if the question is at least heard.


What now? Oh! I give you five minutes to speak but you cannot raise any questions or demand any answers. Okay?

Then Sir it’ll be better if we continue tomorrow. You may leave.

(Also read –  http://homechimes.blogspot.in/2015/06/the-freedom-to-have-freedom.html )

The Freedom to Have Freedom

Who has the power to oppose freedom? Is there a need to curb freedom? Do we all really understand the meaning of freedom?
The dictionary explains the word freedom beautifully and very clearly; it says freedom is the right to live in the way you want, say what you think, and make your own decisions without being controlled by anyone else. It is so amazingly apt that the word ‘right’ is used in the definition of freedom. The Right to Freedom!
But because of some terribly silly causes we are still devoid of freedom, freedom in the truest sense. Layers and layers of senseless questions, which at times have proved to be highly sensitive and superbly great ones, have given birth to a confusing labyrinth whose starting point and finishing point is the same.
The rise and the fall of epic revolutions all over the world, the deadly wars fought loudly with a bang and quietly with the money, capitalism, fascism, liberalism and the rest of the -isms, socialists, communists, anarchists and all the other –ists, democrats, monarchs, elites and the general public in question, knows it very clearly (especially when things come to a sudden halt [usually after a huge fight]) that all of it is a big mess.
Haven’t you heard of this show – A Big Mess; The Puppeteer – few rich blokes and the Puppets – rest of us? It was made into a film a long time back and strangely, it is still running successfully.
Fortunately, there are many individuals all around the world who get a chance to know freedom, but unfortunately they still have to face the above mentioned confusing labyrinth. Nevertheless, such people, knowingly and in a simple way, bring a change… they keep walking silently.
Nothing ties them because they know how to break the shackles, nothing makes them weak because they have the power of reason and nothing confuses them because they practice freedom.
Every question fails to exist in front of the power of freedom. Whether the exuberance is limited or is for an entire lifetime, the free soul soars high.
A happy fact is also associated with freedom and it is that of equality. Freedom is meant for all, without any discrimination, without any prejudice it stands boldly, waiting for every single hand to reach it with a free mind.