Bhaskar Chawla (for Info only, not official)

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    ...When a Rs 10-crore bounty on the heads of Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali was announced, barely a word of protest was heard from their peers in Bollywood. A question being posed in the media, both traditional and social, is: Why? The perceptible logic behind this is the oppressive environment in the country. Bollywood’s silence can even be attributed to the de facto power that so-called fringe organisations enjoy in India. One tends to excuse this silence by assuming that it is very risky for even celebrities to speak against organisations that openly threaten violence. However, India is still a democracy, even if it doesn’t seem like one at the moment. It is not unreasonable to expect at least a few powerful Bollywood celebrities to condemn brazen death threats against their own. To understand why they haven’t done so, one must look at what exactly Bollywood is, and whether it really has a strong incentive to defend art and freedom of expression. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 4, 2017, 1:10 a.m.