[Reader-list] Was a screening of `And the World Remained Silent' at Kamla Nehru College really cancelled?

rashneek kher rashneek at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 12:00:36 IST 2007

Dear Sanjay Muttoo,

I was really wondering why no word from you so far.
Thanks for the "new perspective".
You do agree that we had requested for a screening of "And the World
Remained Silent".Thanks
Now if the college hadnt agreed for a date and time,why would we put it on
our blog in the first place(that too a week before) begs an answer.
Sanjay(Kak) generally mentions in his blog about his future
screenings.Whywasnt it done for KNC screening unless it was finalised
at the 11th hour
also begs an answer.
And of all the colleges in Delhi/India why on the same day/same slot
Jashn-e-Azadi got screened also begs an answer.
 Isnt it too much of a coincidence!

Being over zealous sometimes spoils the party.Had Run Lola Run been screened
at that time,I am sure so many questions wouldnt beg for answers.

Best Regards

Rashneek Kher

On 8/28/07, Sanjay Muttoo <muttoo.sanjay at gmail.com> wrote:
> The representation of the sequence of events leading up to the
> decision to screen Sanjay Kak's film `Jashn-e-Azadi' at Kamla Nehru
> College on the 24th of August 2007 has created an unseemly
> controversy. I refer to a posting on the Sarai Reader list by Rashneek
> Kher which states that the organization, Roots in Kashmir (RIK) had
> approached Kamla Nehru College to screen a film `And the World
> Remained Silent' and had indeed been "given permission to screen the
> movie on the 24th of August at 2.30 pm." He goes on to add that it was
> at the behest of Sanjay Kak that their screening was cancelled and a
> screening of `Jashn-e-Azadi' was scheduled in its place.
> As visiting faculty in the Dept of Journalism in Kamla Nehru College
> and the person who suggested that we organize a screening of
> Jashn-e-Azadi, the sequence of events, as I know them, leading upto
> the decision to screen Sanjay Kak's film are at complete variance with
> what Rashneek Kher has suggested in his posting. The sequence of
> events merits a renarration.
> As part of our effort to use audio- visual material in the classroom
> to initiate a discussion and debate around issues and the way they are
> represented and encourage a process of critical thought, I had
> suggested to the Teacher-in-Charge of the Wideangle film society of
> the college that we schedule a screening of Jashn-e-Azadi.
> Accordingly, Sanjay Kak was invited to screen his film in the college.
> I was quite disturbed when I read the `sequence of events'  detailed
> in Rashneek Khers posting, suggesting that a prior commitment had been
> made by the college to screen their film on the 24th of August 2007
> which the college reneged on. I spoke with the teacher-in-charge to
> confirm if that indeed was the case. I was told quite categorically
> that , while the college had received a request for the screening of
> `And the World Remained Silent', it had in no way committed to a
> particular date for the screening and so the question of cancelling a
> scheduled screening of `And the World Remained Silent'  to accomodate
> Sanjay Kak's film just didnt arise!
> Sanjay Muttoo
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