January 1, 2007
The 'Sahyadri' channel under the control of the State Government was toying with a plot to telecast the controversial Marathi play 'Vastra-haran' which denigrates Hindu's holy epic Mahabharat and some of the great characters depicted in it. News about the same was published in the daily 'Sanatan Prabhat'. Thereafter, members of HJS met director of 'Sahyadri' channel in this regard and requested to cancel the telecast of the play. The private Secretary of the Director informed that as per the earlier representation, the play was cancelled. HJS thanked and congratulated the channel for the same. HJS appealed to the director of the channel to telecast programs related to our cultural, moral values and security of the nation. Information about the agitation against the said play was also given to the channel officials.
For the past 4 years, HJS has been agitating against the anti-Hindu play. Till today, demonstrations are being held by the Samiti outside the theatre wherever the show of the Play is on. This has resulted in creating awareness among the members of audience and the Samiti is getting good response. Various Marathi plays like 'Yada Kadachit, Vastraharan, Yada Yada hi Adharmasya' are openly ridiculing Holy Scriptures of Hindus and Hindu deities. HJS has given representations to the Censor Board against these plays. Representations are given to the Cultural ministry and Police Commissioner of Mumbai. In a joint meeting held with the Dy. Commissioner of Police, members of HJS and Shri. Macchindra Kambali, the producer of the play, the producer agreed to omit the controversial portion from the play. But he did not keep his word and the shows are going on with the same script. Despite such background, 'Sahyadri', TV channel under the control of the Government had planned to telecast the play. A representation had therefore, been given against such telecast. The Samiti had appealed to all Hindus to register their protest against the telecast.
Source: 'Dainik Sanatan Prabhat'
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