Friday, August 12, 2011

Two Indian states prohibit a Bollywood film for fear of a revolt

Two Indian states have banned the screening of a new Bollywood movie on the controversial quota system in education in the country for fear of violent riots erupt. As he explained on Thursday the state government of Uttar Pradesh in the north, several dialogues of the film 'Aarakshan' (reserve) are provocative and could incite unrest in certain groups.

Also the government of the northwestern state of Punjab joined that opinion. 'Aarakshan', starring superstar Amitabh Bachchan, is slated for release on Friday across the country, after state censors CBFC authorities give green light for projection. The film focuses on the regulation of fees for college.

The government-funded, nearly half of the seats are reserved for young students from lower castes. In some states, this share is even higher, and in the public sector there are such rules. Due to the controversial actions of the Government, there were protests and riots in the past. According to Indian media, next Friday there will be additional police presence around the major cities like Bombay cinemas and New Delhi to avoid protests.

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