RSS and Shiv Sena: not fans of Mills and Boon

by Rumbold
13th September, 2009 at 8:48 pm    

Oh dear:

“In the socially conservative subcontinent, where kissing in films is censored and couples can be fined for public displays of affection, women are rushing to buy romantic tales of dashing heroes, ravishing beauties and happy outcomes. Last week Shiv Sena, a right-wing Hindu nationalist party, called for a government investigation into the legality of romantic fiction.

“This kind of literature should be banned. It is against the cultural values of the country and is likely to have an unhealthy impact on the minds of teenagers,” said Vinod Bansal, a party spokesman. Another Hindu party, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, also called for a ban, saying: “We don’t think these vulgar things should be allowed.”"

They must not have watched any Bollywood films recently. They certainly have too much time on their hands.

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  1. Shatterface — on 13th September, 2009 at 9:53 pm  

    And the irony is, over here Mills & Boone are considered socially conservative.

    Some countries need a porn industry.

  2. smack4head — on 13th September, 2009 at 10:03 pm  

    “Some countries need a porn industry.”

    – they have one…it ain pretty…err not that I know first hand.

    seriously, there needs to be some kind of covert catering organisation which slips cannibis into the food at all these far right/left/up/down organisations’ functions. maybe then they’ll chill the fudge out!

  3. qidniz — on 13th September, 2009 at 10:25 pm  

    Why hasn’t this (quite plausible) story been covered in the Indian media, which is ever ready to demonize the Hindu Right? Google is still drawing a blank, and blog trails lead back to this Times piece only.

    Which, in turn, is quite shoddy. The RSS squib isn’t even attributed to a spokesman, and where this and Vinod Bansal’s statements were made (at what event? on what occasion? in response to what? etc) is conveniently omitted.

    Not to mention, anyone with half a clue to the various denizens of the Hindu Right would immediately spot the extreme unlikelihood of the Shiv Sena, an exclusively Marathi-centric xenophobic organization, having a spokesman by the name of Vinod Bansal. He is, in fact, a media spokesman for the VHP.

    Nicola Smith is just passing scuttlebutt along, without checking any facts. That’s par for the course when it comes to reporting on the Hindu Right, naturally. And no one is noticing.

  4. Sunny — on 13th September, 2009 at 11:41 pm  

    Isn’t this an old story? I’m sure the RSS / VHP people did this ages ago or have done it again. It’s rather like their annual tirades against Valentines Day.

  5. Rumbold — on 14th September, 2009 at 9:54 am  

    I don’t think it is an old story, but it might have happened before.

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