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Committing ‘Jauhar’ by Rajasthan Women over “Padmaavat” is a matter of shame & not pride

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • January 23, 2018
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The trailer of “Padmavati” released on September 9 on YouTube and within minutes, social media was flooded with messages of congratulations by an awestruck audience which included celebrities. The movie is being touted as the biggest blockbuster of the year, one that may perhaps cross even the box office collections of “Bahubali”. While “Padmavati” seeks to compete with Bahubali in the magnificence of the sets, the terrible war scenes, the opulence of the havelis , the chiseled abs of the herp, the gruesome expressions, and the liberal use of flowing white cloth, in one manner, it could be claimed to be fundamentally different.

Around 500 Rajasthani’s Rajput women, some wearing sunglasses and busy clicking selfies and a few clad in a ghunghat running head to neck, brandished swords raising ‘Jai Jauhar, Jai Bhawani’ slogans, and took to the streets in their ‘Chetavani Rally’ or a warning march in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh town. It was all done to warn the authorities from stopping the release of the film or else be prepared for ‘Jauhar’ by them.

So far, over 2,000 Karni Sena women have already registered for performing Jauhar’ (committing suicide by jumping into the fire) in Chittorgarh. Comparing Sanjay Leela Bhansali to Sultan Alauddin Khilji, a member of Karni Sena said that committing Jauhar was their “last resort” to safeguard the dignity and heritage of Rani Padmini. What sets this ridiculous show of pride apart is that ghunghat-clad women in the Rajput senas of the state are promoting and threatening to commit Jauhar, just over a movie?

The alarming stance of the Rajput women is nothing but idiocy through radicalization. Wouldn’t it have been more empowering that the women fought for equal rights and more participation in the country? In stark contrast to the Rajput women’s demands, millions in Bihar formed a 14,000-km long human chain against dowry and child marriage. Where is the outrage on female foeticide, child marriage and all the issues that women have to go through?

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