The Hindu Janajgruti Samiti (HJS) through a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister of Goa has demanded that the government establish a Censor Board for plays and tiatrs (Konkani plays) in Goa to preserve the communal harmony and maintain peace in Goa.
HJS, National Spokesperson, Ramesh Shinde told GoaChronicle.com that this demand has come on account of the ongoing controversy and public unrest about the Konkani play ‘Akantvadi Goent Naka’ and issue of statement by Ravindra Bhavan about not criticizing politicians in their plays and tiatrs.
In the memorandum, it says that now there is a trend of showing obscene, vulgar and controversial things just to make publicity and earn money. In public interest, it is duty of the government to ensure that the freedom of expression is not violated by unscrupulous elements in society, bent upon misusing the liberty given to them by the State and the Constitution.
“There must be control of State Government on plays/dramas because of the effect that the audio-visual medium can have on the people which can be far stronger than the influence of the printed word. In the state of Maharashtra there is a censor board for plays known as ‘Raajy Rangbhumi Parinirikhsan Mandal’ which censors and certifies every play that is going to be staged, but in Goa we do not have any such machinery like Censor Board,” the memorandum further elaborates.
In the past many violent incidents have occurred through plays and tiatrs by hurting of sentiments of people. This creates problem in law and order situation. Goa is a peaceful state where people of all religions live in communal harmony. The present instances have started to disturb the communal harmony and create law and order situation and this is an indication that Goa too needs a Censor Board at the earliest, stated the HJS memorandum.
“Chief Minister is also on record saying that the tiatrist have gone overboard many a times and there should be some restrictions on the contents of the tiatr,” expressed Shinde.