The Hindu Editorial News Analysis 30th Dec 2017

Violators must pay

  • Mumbai‟s •re tragedies must be thoroughly probed, and •re safety enforced countrywide
  • Loss of at least 14 lives- Rooftop restaurant
  • This week, in another tragedy in the city, 12 migrant labourers were killed in a •fire in an industrial area.
  • Fixing of accountability of owners, managers and official agencies; punishment for those guilty of breaking rules.
  • Compensation for families of dead & for injured
  • Zero-tolerance enforcement of safety requirements
  • Learnt nothing from the Uphaar cinema hall fire in New Delhi in 1997 that killed 59 people.
  • Maharashtra govt must produce a public report.
  • Public safety road safety is one example — remain mostly on paper. It should worry
    us that the lives of Indians seem to be of little value.

Taking on the gatekeepers

  • Earlier this week, the Central Board of Film Certi•cation (CBFC) announced that a six
    member panel was being constituted to review the •film Padmavati, before it could be
    granted a censor certificate and publicly exhibited.
  • Members of panel include historians as well as representatives of the royal family of Mewar.
  • The task of the Censor Board is to ensure that a •film complies with the laws of the land and
    guidelines of Cinematograph Act, a task that does not require it to judge “historical accuracy”
  • Censor Board‟s actions represent an approach towards freedom of expression that
  • Recent travails of Jolly LLB 2, a well known satirical •lm about the Indian legal system.
  • Before the film could be released, there was an uproar because it was alleged to
    have “insulted” lawyers and the legal system (although there is no law – and probably
    with good reason – that prohibits people from insulting lawyers)
  • Bombay High Court appointed a three-member panel of lawyers, to “review” the fi•lm.
  • Where the High Court found the power to do so, and why lawyers were appointed to
    review a fi•lm
  • The battle for free speech must be waged both at the bottom and at the top.

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