[Reader-list] Clarification on the matter of allegedly Cancelled Screenings

Sanjay Kak kaksanjay at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 00:25:26 IST 2007

Dear Shuddhabrata

Since my name (or at least one very like mine) is at the center of some of
what has been going on in this space, I *should* be grateful to you for
taking the trouble to get the college concerned to give a clarification on
these two remarkably well discussed *non*-screenings.

But I find I'm faintly disappointed with your responses: I mean, I was
actually beginning to enjoy reading what new act of villiany My Name might
be up to next, or where the hidden skeins would lead the intrepid
unravellers, or indeed what new threat might be posed to the Nation next by
My Name... (But you've already had a sneak preview of that have'nt you,
after the thrilling Cancelled Screenings and Secret Funding chapters, we've
had a hint of Threatening Phone Calls a few days ago, did we not? Watch this
space, there will be more to come...)

I know you would like a return to the Sarai Reader List as a place of
observation, reflection, whimsy, insight and other worthy ideals. But why
would you want to spoil our party? I havent had so much fun since I read the
odd chapter of the new Harry Potter. And most of your 3000 odd subscribers
seem quite happy with all this too: why mess with a winning formula?


Sanjay Kak

On 8/27/07, Shuddhabrata Sengupta <shuddha at sarai.net> wrote:
> Dear All,
> This is just by way of clarification of something that has disturbed
> many on this list, because it also involves an attack on the character
> and reputation of a person.
> A particular posting, made by Rashneek Kher <Someone "well connected"
> got RIK screening Cancelled> made on the 25th of August said that
> Ashok Pandita's film was cancelled after being confirmed for screening
> at Kamala Nehru College, allegedly at the behest of Sanjay Kak.
> On being requested to provide a clarification regarding this matter the
> faculty in charge of Wide Angle Film Society and the Principal of Kamala
> Nehru College have communicated to me that -
> "The Wide Angle Film Society of Kamala Nehru College was not prevailed
> upon by any individual or individuals to schedule or cancel any film.
> The college and Wide Angle Society are fully within their rights to show
>   or cancel any film screening without having to be accountable to any
> individual or body."
> This clearly indicates that the charge made on this list against the
> person concerned (Sanjay Kak), that he used 'connections' to stop a
> screening and arrange one of his own film is unsubstantiated and
> baseless. I knew this for a fact as early as Friday, but wanted to wait
> until I have a formalcommunication with the relevant people concerned in
> Kamala Nehru College before making any statements in this regard.
> I think communications of this nature are serious attacks on the dignity
> of this list and its members, and I hope that everyone will join me in
> insisting that list members desist from such all such allegations and
> attacks, in the interests of a healthy climate of freedom of expression
> that we all enjoy on this list.
> regards,
> Shuddha
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