[Reader-list] How someone "well connected" got RIK screening Cancelled

rashneek kher rashneek at gmail.com
Sat Aug 25 08:44:18 IST 2007

It was a very sad day for all of us at RIK. When I should have been posting
the pictures of our screening at Kamla Nehru College, which was to be
screened today, I am writing this post to pre-empt another bundle of lies
and self pity which the Jashn-e-Azadi team will come out with. Let me put
the sequence of events straight.

We had approached Kamla Nehru College for a screening of the documentary"And
the World Remained Silent" and were given permission to screen the movie on
24th of Aug at 2.30 PM.We had accordingly put the date of screening on our
blog. Even in our recordings of Agrasen Collge Screening we had ended saying
"See you at Kamla Nehru College on Friday the 24th,Aug".

Our activist Pooja got a message from the college authorities on Tuesday
saying they could not screen our movie because they were booked for
sometime. We suspected "someone" was playing games and trying to scuttle our
screening. Accordingly we went to the forums and posted on our blog (
http://kashmiris-in-exile.blogspot.com) the news of cancellation of our
screening.It was late that night that one our friends from Kamla Nehru
college told us that at that same slot on the same day Jashn-e-Azadi was now
being screened .Well we could understand Sanjay Kak being revengeful to the
extent that he would get our movie cancelled by using his CONTACTS in the
college but we had never imagined he would "teach us a lesson" by showing
his movie on the same slot on the same day. How someone who has projected
himself as a champion of free speech and right to expression was stooping so
low as to "teach a lesson" to people who simply did not agree with his genre
of movie making.

Since we are not well connected we again went to people, the forums and the
SARAI readers list and posted Nishant Dudha's post on Wedensday saying that
someone had got our movie screening cancelled and had got a slot for his own
movie at the same time same day.

Sad and hurt by the attitude of the college authorities there was little one
could do, since they were acting on someone's behest, someone so revengeful
that he simply wanted to censor our movie from the face of the college.
Since we are not known to Film Clubs, Leftist leaning one book wonders and
self proclaimed champions of freedom and democracy ,we went to the Police
Station next to the venue where Sanjay Kak had manipulated his way into. We
filed a complaint and since Sanjay Kak is breaking the law of the land by
screening a movie which does not have necessary censor certificate, the
Police did the rest.

We have learnt a lesson, and learnt it well. Sanjay Kak is a well connected
man and he can ensure that we can't screen our movie if he does not want to.
He can use his contacts and his blog to generate self pity and sympathy for
his movie by being a CRY BABY. Anyone can cry hoarse by saying how his right
to speech is being trampled by Police and Authorities but then he would
never be honest to admit how he himself uses his contacts to get screenings
of his detractors scuttled.

Ironic how "liberal  intellectuals" behave when they feel insecure!

Rashneek Kher

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