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Staff Reporter / The Hindu / MUMBAI, July 28, 2011.
Even before its release, opinion on the Bollywood movie ‘Aarakshan' (Reservation) is gathering steam with political leaders warning of protests if the film's stand is found to be in conflict with the Constitutional provisions.
On Wednesday, Chhagan Bhujbal, Maharashtra Public Works Department Minister and a prominent Other Backward Classes leader from the Nationalist Congress Party, called for a clarification from the makers of ‘Aarakshan', directed by Prakash Jha.
“The provision for reservation is enshrined in the Constitution. The policy has the sanction of the country's Parliament, be it for the Dalits, adivasis, OBCs or women. Political parties are in favour of quotas. Various sections have waged protracted battles to secure reservation. In this context, if a movie takes an anti-reservation stand, it is likely to fuel anti-quota propaganda, and protests are bound to take place across the country,” Mr. Bhujbal told journalists here.
Mr. Bhujbal, who heads the All-India Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad, said his organisation would protest peacefully by staging a satyagraha if the movie argued against reservation.
Voices of opposition have already emerged from Jharkhand and other States. Pro-reservationists, including leaders such as Lalu Prasad, Sharad Yadav, Mayawati, Gopinath Munde of the Bharatiya Janata Party and leaders from the south are bound to come together to oppose the film, Mr. Bhujbal said.
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