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Why FTII Agitators should be Prosecuted

Pune’s Film & Television Institute of India is once again in the limelight—this time for…

Pune’s Film & Television Institute of India is once again in the limelight—this time for the supposedly draconian crackdown on the striking students in a midnight swoop.

There is a sense of déjà vu among the Left-libbers and arty folks—the bearded, spectacled, kurta-wearing, phony revolutionaries. The daarhi-chashma-kurta types. All their conspiracy theories about saffronization and fascist indoctrination have been confirmed—according to them.

These professional radicals conjure up weird theories, look for evidence to substantiate their outlandish assertions, lap up anything that even remotely could pass off as proof, and then go to town claiming to have been validated. A classic case of self-fulfilling prophesies.

Obviously, facts don’t matter in these situations. That FTII director Prashant Pathrabe was held hostage by the unruly students is irrelevant. “I was illegally confined. Asked the same questions again and again. They were abusive and disrespectful,” Pathrabe said at a press conference, a day after the local police arrested five students of the institute on his complaint.

Pathrabe said that about 40 students barged into his office and subjected him to questions relating to assessment of the project reports. “They asked me questions and said that if I can’t answer them, then I am inefficient and not eligible to sit in my chair,” the FTII director said.

What on earth is happening out there? Who are the students and who are the authorities?

First, the students don’t accept Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of the institute, and now they question the competence of the director! Are they know-alls? If yes, why do they need an institute in the first place? If not, which is the case, how can be claim to get the top officials of their own choosing? Which other institute of higher education in India—or, for that matter, anywhere else in the world—can allow such preposterous demands and such despicable rowdiness?

The Opposition is just showing a conspicuous lack of propriety and perspicacity by adding fuel to the fire. So, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi feels that the midnight crackdown symbolizes nationwide repression. He said that “our creativity is being suppressed and crushed” under the “RSS/BJP education model.”

His party colleague Manish Tewari talked about “naked fascism” and “undeclared Emergency.” And this comes from the leader of the party that gave the country its only brush with dictatorship!

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

Not to be left behind is Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who promised to provide temporary venue for the FTII classes to be held in the national Capital. Few have forgotten that, quite apart from the idiocy of offer, Kejriwal is known for observing promises in the breach.

While the political class is just opportunistic, the film fraternity seems to comprise mostly uneducated, semi-educated, and badly educated people. Oscar-winning sound engineer Pookutty, who is a member of the anti-Gajendra Chauhan gang, tweeted, “Police arrive in the middle of the night at #FTII, arrest 40 students. So are they really anti nationals?! Or are Police implementing orders.”

The bloke knows that the job of the police is not just to arrest anti-nationals—and there are many anti-nationals too in the FTII stir—but also to maintain law and order. You cannot detain and harass the director of a publicly-funded institute and expect the authorities to look the other way.

Music composer Vishal Dadlani said, “Never seen a government fall so low, so quick. Family-packs of lies being sold as achievements, while freedom is crushed daily. #JaiHind #FTII.”

Even if you ignore bad English, you cannot miss the deceit in the fulmination: Dadlani’s heart bleeds for the goons who were arrested, but not for the poor Pathrabe who was harassed and bullied by them!

 Shahid director Hansal Mehta said, “‘Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves’—Henry David Thoreau -#FTII.”

What Mehta doesn’t tell, or know, is the fact that Thoreau was a proponent of limited government; and if Mehta really believes in Thoreau and thinks that the great American thinker should be heeded to, the FTII, a taxpayer-funded body, has to be folded up. Which won’t be a bad thing.

State-funded hooliganism and subversion can’t be allowed beyond a point. The only alternative to this is a tough, uncompromising stand against the agitating students. They should not only be rusticated but also prosecuted.

Ravi Shanker Kapoor is a journalist and author. He upholds freedom of expression, individual liberty, free market, and open society. He is an uncompromising opponent of Islamism, communism, and other totalitarian ideologies. He is also a critic of intellectuals, as evident from his third book, How India’s Intellectuals Spread Lies (Vision Books).
  • I think prudence demands that the issue be handled with care. I agree that the students are in the wrong, but the Government can ensure discipline without the use of force.

  • P. B. Josh

    Which college or institute remained closed for a flimsy reason of Swine Flu epidemic? FTII remained closed for eight months. Government’s support for not working professors and staff continued. How many students stayed at tax payer subsidized hostel, eating tax payers subsidized meals during this time?

  • Indian

    By the way why TAX PAYERS money is being wasted to create a pack of prostitutes and Bhaands.?? Close it or sell it to some Private Corporate. These useless gutter scum can be done without

  • Indian

    The Filmdom the BASTARDS are a Pack of Pigs, WHO DANCE NAKED IN DUBAI FOR DAWOOD WHILE HIS DRUG UNDERLINGS ENJOY THEIR DAUGHTERS AND THE PROSTITUTE FILMI LADIES ORGY STYLE..WHAT IS BOLLYWOOD ART???? GETTING NAKED AND GETTING FUC…D IN FRONT OF MILLIONS FOR SOME MONEY..THESE GUTTER PIGS OF BOLLYWOOD AND FTII SHOULD BE SHOWN THE WAY..NATIONALISTS SHOULD ALSO COME ARMED AND WITH PLACARDS READING “CHEENI-ITALIAN HARAAMIYON KO GOLI MAARON SAALON KO”; ITALIAN MAFIA KAA BHADWA DALAL ISKKA BAAP JOHN DAYAL , ISKA NAAM KEJRIWAAL; LAAL BANDAR KEE ASS PAR AAG LAOO..SONIA-ITALIAN KE BHADWE DALAL–LAAL SUWAR BHARAT CHODDO..HIT THEIR HEADS TO PULP EVEN IF MANY RED-CROSS PIGS DIE.. THE IT-ED-DRI should start raids on the LIKES OF THAT DAUGHTER FUCKING ASHRAF BHATT (MAHESH BHATT) WHOSE SON WAS INVOLVED WITH 26/11 TERRORISTS

  • Shubhangi Raykar

    Obviously red seems to be ok. Not the saffron. But what about the accountability of these buggers?
    If the course was heavy they should have protested then and should have gone on strike. How did the admin allow it? was it mutual convenience club and the fiefdom was threatened by the possibility of new person in the chair?

  • Shubhangi Raykar

    I appreciate the fact that you call the spade a spade. They are being emboldened by the selfish supporters and the media. They are also telling lies or half truths as truths. For a long time FTII has been a den of students creating controversies and reducing the Institution to a den
    Rahul Gandhi’s party is responsible for this state and he is is crying for justice calling these hooligans “bachche”. The students are enjoying the political patronage.as they have nothing to lose. They are the ones who invited RG.

  • Krispy K

    Forget “rusticated”, they should be expelled and blacklisted. Prosecuted according to the law, of course. No other university in any other country of the world would merely suspend students for holding a university staff member hostage. It’s ridiculous.

    Edit: I see in India “rustication” means expulsion. So fair enough. But there should also be a national blacklist to prevent troublemakers from spreading their poison elsewhere.