Amartya Sen, author of ‘The Argumentative Indian’, led the angry voices that questioned the censor board’s intent and interest in demanding the wipeout of words like “cow”, “Gujarat”, “Hindu India” and “Hindutva view of India” from a documentary film revolving around conversations between Sen and Kaushik Basu, chief economic adviser in the UPA-2 regime.
Sen said the Central Board of Film Certification’s move settled a key question in his mind: whether such bodies appointed by the Centre acted in the interest of the nation or in the interest of the ruling party. “I think this incident offers a fairly clear answer,” he said.
Sen remarked the CBFC’s actions were a reflection of the authoritarian regime that currently ruled the country. “The regime wants to use these bodies (CBFC) that are meant to be bodies of the state rather than the government to act in the interest of the ruling party. It tells you about the way democracy is being interpreted by ruling party.”
CBFC officials brushed aside the remarks.
“We have not refused certification. The panel has approved the documentary for ‘U’ certification with some amendments.”