Shailesh Gupta has done nothing except making film praising PM Modi, students allege as FTII row widens

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As protests for the ouster of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan continue to gain momentum, current and former students of the institute are exposing the government’s bias in selecting several other members to the panel without them having adequate qualifications.

One such member is Shailesh Gupta, who according to alumni of FTII has done nothing substantial except making a short film in praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier on Saturday, BJP member Gajendra Chauhan, in an exclusive interview to Jantakareporter.com, denied he had spoken against eminent film personalities Anupam Kher and Rishi Kapoor. Chauhan has even demanded an ‘apology’ from the media in this regard and said ‘words had been fed into his mouth’.

Chauhan said in a telephonic conversation that Kher and Kapoor were his seniors in the film industry and that he had the greatest respect for them. Yesterday, NDTV had carried a report that quoted Chauhan as saying, “Who are Anupam Kher and Rishi Kapoor [to criticise me]?”

Kher and Kapoor are among many others along with students who are criticising BJP member Chauhan’s recent appointment by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as chairman, with Kher even going on to say that the man was not qualified enough for his post.

A lot of eminent members of the Indian film industry including well-known cinematographer Santosh Sivan, filmmaker Jahnu Barua and actress Pallavi Joshi have refused to be a part of the FTII society or the governing council in recent times, citing negativity around the institute.

It even emerged yesterday that people like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Shyam Benegal were ignored for the FTII panel before Chauhan was chosen by the I&B Ministry, in reported consultation with the RSS.

Union Minister for I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore later clarified that the government was looking to choose someone who could devote enough time for the institution.

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  1. THIS IS HOW THE MODI-GOVERNMENT ALONG WITH ITS HRD MINISTRY SYSTEMATICALLY RUINING THE ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS OF OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    WHAT MORE CAN WE EXPECT FROM “CHAIWALA”-LED BJP GOVERNMENT AND PARTICULARLY YALE UNIVERSITY “DEGREE” HOLDER EDUCATION MINISTER IRANI MA’AM ????????????????????

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    Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani’s latest claim that she also has a degree from the prestigious Yale University in the United States must be giving her sleepless nights. From being ridiculed on social networking sites to being questioned on a six-day long leadership course at Yale being called a degree, the actress-turned-politician has become the butt of jokes on twitter. Since her shocking revelation, the hashtag ‪#‎CelebDegree‬ started to trend on Monday and the HRD minister is in the news again. Well only for wrong reasons. Let us check some hilarious twitter jokes on Smriti Irani and her absurd claim of being a Yale degree holder. 

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