Hindutva fanatics may have targetted a school in Madhya Pardesh after a child performed a dance at the ghoomar song from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. But, what’s skipped the attention of a large section of media is how the a dance was performed on the same song in Gujarat earlier this week to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu.
A report by India Today said that the Israel PM was welcomed in Ahmedabad with dancers performing to ghoomar, the very song that is being opposed by several BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)-ruled states, including Haryana and Rajasthan.
On 17 January, right-wing fanatics had vandalised the school in Madhya Pradesh after a child was reported to have performed a dance on the Padmaavat’s song.
The state’s BJP’s home minister, Bhoopendra Singh, had told ANI, “MP govt banned #Padmaavat, people shouldn’t even play songs of it. If someone plays a banned song, it must be reported to police and not take matter in your own hands. Action to be taken against culprits.”
#MadhyaPradesh: A school allegedly vandalised by Karni Sena after students performed on song ‘Ghoomar’ from #Padmaavat during their annual function earlier today in Ratlam’s Jaora, 1 student injured. Police reached the spot later. pic.twitter.com/ZuQ6K42Yuv
— ANI (@ANI) January 15, 2018
On Thursday, the Supreme Court had struck down the ban imposed on the Padmaavat’s release in four BJP-governed states namely Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana.
As expected, social media users have been quick to slam the saffron party for its double-standard on the issue.