Editorial: Delhi Theatre Bombings Were "Blasts of Intolerance"

May 23, 2005

Source: The Times of India


On May 23, 2005 The Times of India ran an editorial that stated, " The blasts at two movie theatres in Delhi were an attack on freedom of expression and tolerance...The film became controversial ever since the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) voiced concerns about it... The SGPC is not alone in its attempts to silence anything that is at odds with its worldview. Intolerance of conflicting opinions is characteristic of religious organisations in India...Fundamentalism is not confined to religious organisations. Who can forget how pro-CPM goons disrupted the shooting of Ronald Joffe’s City of Joy saying that the film was harmful for Kolkata’s image? Unfortunately, the Indian state, too, is complicit in these acts of intolerance and censorship...At a time when Sikhs are at the forefront of business and enterprise worldwide, the SGPC’s call to ban Jo Bole So Nihaal is regressive. This is particularly so when a Sikh — himself an epitome of cosmopolitanism and tolerance — is leading the nation’s efforts to become a global player."