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His representative previously insisted Liziane – who did not seek medical attention and called police a few hours after leaving the party – was escorted out of the star’s private afterparty for “being disruptive and out of control.s the big story. suffocating society.I am proud that the film represents women from different communities Because patriarchy is common to women across the world I don’t believe that women in India should be marginalized or left out of cultural representations because that creates an “otherness” I believe that as women there is something deep within that connects us Also with the new conversation about diversity in Hollywood I think it is quite progressive to have films that are more representative I think there is so much beauty in the diversity of India That is what makes us unique Why should reflecting that diversity in a film be problematic rather than progressive Why do you feel people don’t come out in open to speak on such topics It is easier to perpetuate the status quo for some I guess Maybe the fear of challenging the dominant and prevailing viewpoint is not everybody’s cross to bear Sometimes things have to happen to you personally for you to speak out But having said that I am so encouraged by the support of people across the world and the media What is your take on censorship I think the concept of censorship is not in tandem with the concept of democracy and the freedom of expression A country that lets adults vote and elect their leaders must let its adult citizens choose the films they want to watch Particularly in 2017 with the digital age the concept of censorship makes no sense And as is proven through what happened with Lipstick Under my Burkha the CBFC is completely ill-equipped to judge a film They have no idea as to how to look at a film in context of world cinema gender politics what is going in society the politics of representation alternative forms of narrative the politics of the gaze Right now their only point of reference seems to be the popular male dominated mainstream narrative of popular culture They are frightened by alternative view points like the female point of view They are then systematically perpetuating only the dominant narrative and consciously silencing women’s voices With flaming gender equality issues in India ranging from violence to dowry we need a gender-sensitive CBFC for sure There cannot be a government body that is sitting and trying to clamp down the voices and stories of women It cannot be allowed It is wrong And an assault on the rights of women to express themselves The way the CBFC exists right now acting as the uneducated regressive moral guardians of the Indian audience is a shame Censorship needs to be replaced by just certification But the CBFC as it functions right now is hardly equipped even to certify films A message for your audience I would love for people to just experience the lives of these four women for that couple of hours – laugh with them feel their heartbreak root for them just be with them How do you plan to release the movie We are going to fight the refusal to certify For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Ashok Gulati Shweta Saini | Updated: March 28 2016 12:14 am Before one assesses the seriousness of this dream-promise one must be clear about the PM’s commitment Related News For the last two months the Narendra Modi government seems to have gone into an overdrive to appease farmers Several farmer rallies have been organised and the common theme has been the PM’s “dream” to double the incomes of farmers by 2022 According to the PM agriculture has to stand on three pillars — paramparagat kheti (traditional agriculture) diversification into agro-forestry by planting trees on the boundaries of farmers’ fields and encouraging livestock and bee-keeping duly supported by food processing These pillars will reduce the risks in farming and augment farmers’ incomes He weaves his strategy with programmes such as soil health cards and neem-coated urea to take care of “mother earth’s” health; giving more resources for irrigation and using the MGNREGA for recharging ground water through check dams and farm ponds thus getting more crop from every drop of water The picture is completed by the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (crop insurance) and e-market platform that he is going to launch on April 14 All these nodes are right for any meaningful agri-strategy But haven’t these been in existence in some form or the other What is the novel idea in this strategy that will double farmer incomes in six years Share This Article Related Article Before one assesses the seriousness of this dream-promise one must be clear about the PM’s commitment What the nation would really like to know is whether he is talking of doubling nominal incomes or real incomes Whenever one talks of doubling say national income or sectoral incomes one means it in real terms Doubling of real incomes in six years would be a miracle of miracles as it would imply a compound growth rate of 12 per cent per annum But as they say “nothing is impossible” Madhya Pradesh has registered 142 per cent growth in real agri-GDP over the last five years and states like Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Gujarat Himachal Pradesh Rajasthan and even Bihar have witnessed agri-growth in excess of 7 per cent Internationally China’s farm incomes grew at 14 per cent per annum and the agri-GDP at 71 per cent during the first few years of economic reforms (1978-86) This helped in halving its poverty in just six years It generated a huge demand for industrial products in rural areas which were met by scaling up town and village enterprises (TVEs) This also gave political legitimacy to carry on economic reforms more aggressively How did China achieve this Very briefly they incentivised the peasantry by dismantling the commune system in land and freeing up agri-prices Lately China has been heavily supporting farm prices For instance their MSP for wheat in 2014-15 was $385/tonne compared to India’s $226/tonne Does PM Modi plan to raise the MSPs of agri-products substantially The MSPs announced in the first four crop seasons under his regime do not indicate any such move On the contrary their rise has been largely suppressed Moreover in much of eastern India including in his own constituency of Varanasi the market prices of paddy prevailing in the last kharif season were15-20 per cent below the MSP The absence of any robust procurement machinery in the eastern belt is one major stumbling block that is holding back the second green revolution there So the other paths to doubling farmer incomes would be raising productivity and diversification into high-value agriculture as well as diversification of farm employment into non-farm activities Raising productivity requires massive investments in R&D irrigation and fertilisers Compared to China India is way behind in all these factors and not surprisingly our productivity levels in almost all crops range between 50 to 75 per cent of Chinese levels Diversification into high-value agriculture requires a value-chain approach and we are lagging behind in that too India may be producing 145 million tonnes of milk and more than 270 million tonnes of horticulture products but our processing levels (in the organised sector) are way below — less than 20 per cent in milk and less than 5 per cent in fruits and vegetables — international levels Encouraging processing and building value-chains would help create non-farm jobs in rural areas Until all these factors come together Modi’s dream of doubling real farm incomes by 2022 will remain far-fetched That brings us to the possibility of doubling farmers’ incomes in nominal terms by letting price increases raise incomes But this has been done during the UPA regime too Between 2008-09 and 2013-14 India’s agri-GDP at current prices grew at 148 per cent annually on average with wholesale food article inflation averaging 117 per cent and real agri-GDP growing at only 31 per cent per annum Farm wages also grew at an average rate of 188 per cent in nominal terms and 75 per cent in real terms in these six years So what is new that Modi is promising If Modi can keep food price inflation below 5-6 per cent and raise farmers’ nominal incomes by 12 per cent per annum it will still be commendable Otherwise there is nothing novel about what Modi is selling: It is just old wine in a new bottle Therefore unless this slogan is backed by action that too in mission-mode it will remain just a dream and the PM will be branded nothing more than an affable “sapno ka saudagar” Gulati is Infosys chair professor and Saini is a consultant at Icrier Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Christophe Jaffrelot Gilles Verniers | Published: July 24 2015 12:00 am The Bihar elections will tell us if Yadavs and Kurmis can put aside their differences and work together in an election that will be more about state-level caste interests than national considerations Related News The 2014 Lok Sabha elections produced an assembly where many voices can hardly be heard The representation of Muslims for instance is at a historical low with less than 4 per cent of the seats But there are other groups that have also suffered a sharp decline in representation OBCs who over the last 25 years have dominated the political scene in the Hindi-speaking belt are a case in point Since the late 1980s one of the most significant trends in Indian politics has been the gradual decline of upper-caste representation in the Lok Sabha and the concomitant rise of OBCs This phenomenon was essentially due to the decline of the Congress — a party dominated by upper castes — and to the rise of regional parties primarily supported by large dominant OBC groups In 1989 the proportion of OBCs in the Lok Sabha had jumped from 11 per cent to 21 per cent and continued to grow in the post-Mandal phase until 2004 when it peaked at 26 per cent In parallel the representation of upper castes persistently fell from 49 per cent in 1984 to 37 per cent in 1989 and 34 per cent in 2004 The gap between OBCs and upper caste MPs returned from the Hindi-speaking belt had never been so small The 2009 general elections marked a reversal of that trend as upper caste representation shot up to 43 per cent and the share of OBCs fell to 18 per cent Share This Article Related Article The 2014 general elections confirmed that reversal with upper caste representation further rising to 445 per cent and OBC representation stagnating at around 20 per cent It is the first time since Independence that the proportion of upper castes in the Lok Sabha has increased two times in a row OBCs who have occupied the centre of the political space in northern India since the early 1990s are now back at their pre-Mandal level of representation Among OBCs Yadavs are the main losers Dominant in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar politics where they respectively represent 8 and 11 per cent of the population they have seen their representation slump from 11 per cent of MPs from the Hindi-speaking belt to 6 per cent over the last two elections They currently stand below the Jats (75 per cent) who have been gaining ground over the same period The representation of Kurmis another important group has also decreased by a third since 2004 Among the upper castes the Brahmins are the main winners Their share of MPs has jumped from an all-time low of 9 per cent in 2004 to 17 per cent a decade later They have caught up with the Rajputs — the group counting the highest number of MPs among the upper castes in the Hindi-speaking belt since 1998 Naturally there are geographical variations In Bihar the share of OBCs remains high at 30 per cent The upper castes have about 45 per cent of the seats The gap in Uttar Pradesh is wider at 435 per cent for upper castes against 26 per cent for OBCs Who is responsible for this significant transformation of the social profile of the Hindi-speaking belt’s representation in the Lok Sabha Not the regional parties which remain largely dominated by OBCs Not the BJP alone since the biggest jump of upper caste representation took place in 2009 In fact both national parties – the Congress and BJP – are responsible for this reversal since the two parties tend to proportionally field more upper caste candidates as compared to other parties In 2009 44 per cent of Congress MPs from the Hindi belt came from the upper castes and 57 per cent in 2014 The fewer MPs the Congress has the higher the proportion of upper caste among them The BJP’s case is the most interesting The party has never had less that 40 per cent of its Hindi belt MPs coming from the upper castes This proportion rose to 585 per cent in 2009 It dropped by 11 percentage points in 2014 to 475 per cent but remained above the average Such an evolution shows that the classic tropes of OBC politics — quotas and simple descriptive representation — no longer work Quota politics ceases to be effective when no party — not even those dominated by OBCs — can promise an extension of the quota regime The “vote for me and you will get reservations” slogan has lost traction The second lesson is that social economic and political divisions among OBCs between jatis and between OBCs and other backward groups have prevented the formation of durable backward fronts in the Hindi Belt hurting the prospects of erstwhile-socialist regional parties In fact the non-dominant OBCs which constitute the majority of the OBC population seldom get any representation at all other than in a few pockets where they have a numerical advantage The Bihar elections will tell us if Yadavs and Kurmis can put aside their differences and work together in an election that will be more about state-level caste interests than national considerations Third class dynamics have gained considerable importance over the last two decades a period of unprecedented growth of the neo middle classes particularly in small towns and also in rural areas These class dynamics not only increase social differentiation between groups but have reinforced social differentiation within particular castes Voting patterns among OBCs in India at large show that these groups no longer vote as cohesively as they used to According to the CSDS-Lokniti National Election Survey 2014 richer OBCs have voted for the BJP more than poorer OBCs (37 per cent against 28 per cent) In Uttar Pradesh poorer Yadavs have stayed faithful to the Samajwadi Party (82 per cent) but the higher the class the more Yadavs shifted towards the BJP In 2014 32 per cent of “lower class” Yadavs voted for the BJP as against 49 per cent for the SP These aspiring Yadavs supported the BJP as many other neo-middle class voters did for its development promises They followed Narendra Modi who was projected as an OBC leader because of their aspirations for higher standards of living The personalisation of the campaign meant that the BJP could afford to distribute more tickets to its historical core support base the upper castes As is the case for the Congress the BJP remains a party heavily dominated by the upper castes This could create a conundrum for the BJP Are all these MPs pursuing an upper-caste agenda in the House How does this new configuration of the sociology of the Lok Sabha affect MPs’ positions on issues such as land acquisition on which OBCs are at loggerheads with the established old elites One could argue that the personal opinions of MPs are irrelevant in a highly centralised party and in a political system dominated by a centralising executive — but that could be true only up to a point Despite the claims of inclusiveness or the sophistication of electoral strategies both the BJP and Congress remain upper caste dominated unwilling to make space for other groups unless they absolutely have to For the moment the class dynamics among those groups are in favour of the BJP But should the party be unable to deliver on job-creation or shed its current pro-rich tag the cards could be reshuffled The Bihar elections will be a crucial test Jaffrelot is senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at King’s India Institute London and non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Verniers is assistant professor of political science Ashoka University For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 7 2017 9:14 am Justin Bieber will perform in Mumbai on May 10 Top News Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is all set to enthral Mumbai when he performs here on May 10 Ever since the news of his perfoming in Mubai poured in the 23-year old singer has hogged the limelight At least 45000 people are expected to attend Justin’s concert and considering this huge crowd Mumbai police are taking every measure to avoid any last minute chaos The police have prepared a detailed security plan that also includes a use of cameras reported PTI Justin will perform at D Y Patil stadium Over five hundred police personnel and 25 officers will be deployed for security informed Hemant Nagrale Navi Mumbai police commissioner Organisers of the event have also hired private security agencies for crowd management and ticket checking said Hemant On the other hand plain-clothes police personnel will also be deployed who will keep watch inside the stadium the commissioner said Apart from that a pilice control room will also be at the venue where officials will be able to monitor the crowd Nagrale also said “The entire stadium will be checked by Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad prior to the event and drone cameras would provide live feed to the police control room” Organisers would also be providing parking facality for 15000 vehicles at various spots around the stadium Visitors can also take shuttle services between parking places and the stadium Also Read:Prabhas takes a break from Baahubali 2 fever holidays in US before Saaho shoot begins Here are all the deets Justin Bieber has been in news for his series of demands ahead of the concert in Mumbai The concert also shared its own share of controversy when singer Kailash Kher questioned if Sonakshi Sinha should sing along with Justin With inputs from PTI For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by ANI | Melbourne | Published: December 16 2011 2:58 pm Related News The third smallest baby ever to be born and survive weighed just 270 gramswhich is about the same as a can of Cokeaccording to doctors Melinda Star was born by caesarian section on Aug 30 at the Los Angeles County USC Medical Centrealmost four months earlier than the expected delivery date and was so small she could fit in the palm of her doctors hand She received 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