Thursday, September 30, 2010
Ayodhya's Truth Is In Ram Ke Naam film - Watch This
By Manuwant Choudhary
The truth about Ayodhya will not be found in a 60-year-old court battle or on TV panel discussions of arrogant RSS/BJP member Ravi Shankar but in a documentary film Ram Ke Naam by Anand Patwardan.
As a journalist in Bombay I had many occasions to interview Mr. Patwardhan at his home..and everytime it was because a film of his had been banned by the government and every time Mr. Patwardhan would go to court, fight endless legal battles, win and get his film telecast on Doordarshan 1.
The governments plea that his films would create a law and order problem was always a sham. Indians watched his films and there was no violence - just quiet contemplation - like the quiet after a storm.
Anand Patwardhan is himself a leftist film-maker but his films are admirable and I have personally seen him run alongside processions with a betacam on his shoulder to grab those rushes. A gentle bearded smile is what you would get from him. Those were days before TV happened in India.
His film Ram Ke Naam covers the Rath Yatra of Lal Krishna Advani, BJP leader, from Somnath to Ayodhya..ofcourse Advani was arrested at Samastipur by Laloo Prasad Yadav.
In the film there is a rare interview of Pujari Lal Das, the main priest of the Ramjanmabhoomi temple, who warns Indians against the designs of the Sangh pariwaar, and why the mosque structure need not be touched. "When there is heavy rains the grass grows so tall that one cannot find the path."
When the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh they removed Pujari Laldas as head priest of Ramjanmabhoomi.
And three years after he gave the interview, on November 17 1993 pujari Laldas was killed.
Ram Ke Naam can be purchased for 15 Euros at patwardhan.com.