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Udta Punjab –  Girta (Falling) Censor Board

Discretion: I leave it to the sole discretion of the readers to decide whether they want to read the word Censor Board in this blog as “Censor Board” or Nonsense, Oops “Nonsensor Board”. However, I want to make it very clear that, by all means, my good intentions are to address it as Censor Board only. Now please stop giving me those mischievous looks. My-My, do you seriously believe that I meant Nonsense Board? *Rolls my eyes* OMG! You guys are smart enough and I don’t think that smart people actually need any kind of censorship, for that matter.


At the outset, I fail to understand the reason behind so much hullaballoo going on the issue of censorship axe ‘advising’ (to be read as ‘threatening’) to slash away the scenes from an upcoming film “Udta Punjab”, which is based on the drug menace that is haunting one of the states of India? It’s beyond my intellectual competency to figure it out that what’s wrong in that? Can’t a board perform its duty diligently? I mean, till now, with my tiny brain, what I could understand is that “to ax” is the foremost duty of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which is often referred “out of love” as Censor Board.

Oh wait, by any chance, does the “issue of certificates for films” also falls under “one of the many” responsibilities that the Censor Board officials carry on their shoulders? On a second thought, I guess yes, the board was initially formed to issue the certificates for Indian films, but it has always functioned in a manner of a ruler who is so engrossed in the intoxication of his/her position that he/she only loves to flaunt the axing talent, ‘mostly’ at places where it is not required by any standards. No wonder the honourable High Court in the “Udta Punjab” case advised the Censor board “Don’t act like a grandmother”. Wow, what an Appreciation Certificate, the Board “that certifies films”, got from the honourable High Court. Kudos to the learned officials of CBFC! Sigh, at what level you guys have taken the board too.

Once again the Udta Punjab censorship controversy raises questions on the working style of the Censor Board and the competency of the officials holding important positions in the office of CBFC. At the same time, whenever such controversy arises with regard to suggesting cuts in a film by the Censor Board, a lot of insane questions keep hammering my mind. The questions that usually irritate my brain cells are like – Whether the cuts advised by the censor board were actually required or not? Whether unsolicited censorship is intentionally or unintentionally killing the creativity somewhere down the line? Whether it is sending a wrong message to the film industry and thereby to the society as a whole? Whether the cuts were the sheer result of some kind of rivalry between the Board officials and the people associated with the respective film? Whether it is just another kind of a propaganda stunt to gain publicity? Whether the people responsible for managing the affairs of the board are competent enough or not? Whether the Censor Board is actually performing its duty of censoring the cheap and objectionable content or not? Whether the Censor Board is even concerned about the impact of objectionable, cheap, double meaning and porn content that is easily accessible to those who are not even adult yet?

Our beloved Censor Board has travelled a long way, from the days when it refused to grant UA certificate to a film, until and unless, the scene where the actress was not wearing a Dupatta (Scarf) covering her neck was removed from that film to the present day, when movies which are cheap by all standards i.e. both visually and vocally are served to the public. It is a high time for the officials governing the Censor Board to do introspection that whether everything in CBFC is functioning properly or not. Else fingers will continue to be raised on their functioning and people will be forced to ask them that were they sleeping when someone was humming songs like “Bhaag bhaag DK Bose, DK Bose, DK Bose, Bhaag bhaag DK Bose DK bhaag” orI swear! choti dress mein bomb lagdi mennu“? Oh, I am sorry, the double meaning words are beyond censorship arena, right?

To be honest, I am really scared whenever such objectionable material is being telecasted on the television and the kids in my home are innocently enjoying them because of the peppy music “without even knowing the actual meaning of these sick words”. The present era is of “easy access” to everything. Now, that is where the real censorship should be levied upon. Easy access to porn on websites, easy access to ‘A’ certificate movies, you name it and it is easily accessible, everything seems to be just a click away. I feel helpless at all such times, whenever I think about easy accessibility of such objectionable material, which is undoubtedly in the reach of our innocent kids. God knows how badly it is going to impact the future of our kids.

Wake up guys before it is too late else the smart public will censor the Nonsensor Board itself. I do hope that the Censor Board takes appropriate steps to revamp its functioning and will divert its energy and resources in censoring the objectionable material, rather than censoring the creativity. May the Censor Board soon turn into a Sensible board from the existing Nonsensor Board.

I wish that the almighty bless each one of us with good sense.

God bless you all!

Peyush Jain

 

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Just a ban on ‘subsequent’ manufacturing, sale and distribution of Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs – Ah our life isn’t worth much!!!

The Health Ministry, Government of India, vide a gazetted notification, dated 10th March 2016, has banned with immediate effect, the manufacturing, sale, and distribution of around 344 Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs and the news is that a lot many of other drugs are also being lined up, to be banned by the government in the near future. It should be noted here that the Honourable Delhi High Court has stayed the above-mentioned government notification, thereby, providing an interim relief to the affected companies who were involved in manufacturing, sale, and distribution of those drugs. Now, it’s for the court to decide whether the ban on the FDC drugs is justifiable or not, in the present case. However, in this blog, I would like to touch upon another important issue i.e. whether the responsible authorities have done justice or not, by simply levying a ban on ‘subsequent’ manufacturing, sale and distribution of the FDC drugs?

Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs – Before going on to the justice part, let us understand what does Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs actually mean. In simple terms, FDC means that two or more drugs are combined (mixed), in a fixed ratio, and the resultant is the single drug which is termed as FDC drug.

Reason for banning the FDC drugs – The reason laid down by the government in the official gazette, behind banning the FDC drugs is quite shocking, as well as, alarming, at the same time. The reason behind banning the FDC drugs is that these drug combinations pose a risk to human beings and that there are safer alternatives available in the market. The government further stated that it is satisfied with the observations and recommendations of the expert committee appointed for this purpose and that it is necessary and expedient in the public interest to regulate, by way of a prohibition of manufacture for sale, sale, and distribution for human use of the said drugs in the country.

Is this justice at all – Now, the question that arises is whether the responsible authorities have done justice by simply levying a ban on ‘subsequent’ manufacturing, sale and distribution of the FDC drugs? If the government has completely relied upon the recommendations of the expert committee, then what about the harm done till date by consumption of these drugs on the life of humans? Are we even considerate about the life of innocent people? What about compensating for the hard earned money that people have spent in consuming these drugs, which as per government are ‘useless and harmful’ to humans. Why no penalty in monetary terms has been levied on these companies? Can any sane person take this as anywhere near to justice, considering the risk of the life of a common man who has relied upon and consumed these drugs for decades? When these companies can charge exorbitant prices, which at times go even more than 100 times of the actual cost of manufacturing these drugs, than why such a soft corner and lenient approach is being adopted towards them, even when the government has reason to believe that the drugs manufactured and sold by these companies have endangered the life of innocent people?

Whether, simply by prohibiting the future actions, it could be said that justice has been achieved against the damage that has happened in the past, especially in cases where human life is at stake? Say for example, could we expect any sound judge to pass a judgement against a serial killer, that the killer should henceforth stop killing innocent people (without punishing the killer for the past killings)? Similarly, in the present case, if at all any harm is done in the past then it could not be overlooked. There has to be an enquiry against all those who were involved, including the government officials, licensing authorities, respective companies, etcetera and they should get the punishment they deserve for this kind of intolerable and unforgivable act. In absence of which, it will be equivalent to conveying a message to the society that people with power and money can do anything they wish to, and, at the same time, also get away with it.

I have no hesitation in saying that the intensity of the reason that the government has laid down, behind banning the FDC drugs is quite severe. However, the action taken against those findings is simply not enough. The responsible authorities have once again missed out on an opportunity to convey a serious message to the society, that for us the life of the living beings is extremely important and whoever will try to play with it should be ready to bear severe consequences.

I still hope that banning is only the first step and the government is going to take serious actions against all those who are involved in such cases, especially wherein human life is at stake. Until the time some harsh actions are taken against the people involved in such cases, our life will continue to be the most unworthy thing, in the eyes of those, for whom money is the sole priority and we should be ready to play a prey in their hands for their personal benefits and agenda.

I wish that the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

God bless you all!

Peyush Jain