Let us take a step back from the Udta Punjab debate, from what the film is about, from what the censor board has reasoned out, from all the prime time space it has occupied and let us change the questions and direction of the debate itself. The two sides of the debate are freedom of speech and expression & questioning of the credibility of Mr. Nihlani on one side, the need for regulation of words, real time issues as pointed out by the censor board chief. Let us add the third dimension to the debate, is there a requirement of the Censor Board at all ?
Why should we do away with Censor Board itself?
1. INDIA IS THE LEADER – Indians are one of the largest consumers of movies both national and of other language and Bollywood being by large the biggest movie industry by the number of movies which come out annually, India and Indians should set the trend for the world to follow and not the other way round.
2. WE ARE IN THE DIGITAL AGE – We are at a time of a massive internet boom where information, videos, and entertainment are all available at fingertips. All that could be possibly banned is available on the internet. It includes communally sensitive, videos with ill language, obscenity etc. None has sparked any large-scale public unrest. If content is already available unedited and uncensored on the internet, why are we wasting prime time debate space, time and resources on censorship? shouldn’t we do away with it?
3. UDTA PUNJAB IS AN EYE OPENER – Udta Punjab, the cuts recommended by the censor board and the 19th-century debate which has ensued is an eye opener on many counts.
a. It is quite appalling to know a filmmaker after all the problems he/she has to face wrt financing a movie and completing it with a hope to reach the audience and earn out of it will be interrupted by individuals who played no role in the making of the movie.
b. Film producers have committed suicide in the past due to poor performances of movies, not allowing a movie to release could have disastrous consequences for producers and artists. Maybe Anurag Kashyap given his track record and resources, he might be able to bounce back but for others, it’s a question mark.
The way forward, if at all censor board is required they can rate the movie as to the age limits of viewers who can be allowed to see the movie adding to giving their comments on the amount of violence and other unadvisable content present it the movie. These comments could be made public so that the public could make an informed choice as to whether it could go for a movie or not.
We request our beloved readers, passionate movie goers and all to give their valuable feedback on if you agree that Censor Board can be done away with or it could stay with the powers to comment and rate on the movie or the status quo to be maintained.
Even at 76, Pradip Burman, the zestful chairman of Mobius Foundation radiates a contagious enthusiasm when he is talking about sustainability. The environmental crusader, better known to many as the great-grandson of Dabur founder Dr S.K.Burman, has devoted substantial attention towards promoting the concept of sustainability in all aspects of life. He refuses to conform to the convenience and comfort in today’s world which ultimately adds on to the adverse effects of climate change.
Talking to The Logical Indian, Burman emphasised why sustainability as a concept is indispensable for us. “We ought to be aware of what lies ahead of us. Soon we will finish the oil, iron, tin, and coal, and our next generations will be left with nothing. Recycling, banning plastics, stop felling trees for paper… This should become a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” he urges.
Traditional wisdom and modern research
A mechanical engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Burman had always nurtured a keen interest in helping the society, as evident from his graduation project of designing a sonic aid for the visually challenged, which detected obstacles in the way using ultrasonic wave signals.
As an executive for the nature-centric company Dabur, Burman has always opted for natural alternatives to solve his everyday problems like taking Ayurvedic medicine to cure his Arthritis. He later launched the veterinary wing for Dabur – Ayurvet – which provides nature-friendly solutions for animal health care.
A patron of the ancient scientific wisdom of India, Burman always hailed the confluence of “traditional knowledge and modern research”, which he advocated as the Ayurvet motto.
As part of the CSR initiative of Dabur, Pradip Burman founded SUNDESH (Sustainable Development Society) which has been tirelessly working for last 25 years in remote villages for uplifting the rural communities in an environmentally sustainable way.
An advocate of sustainability
Burman believes that sustainability is the indispensable mantra for the world at present. Due to uncontrolled utilisation of the planet’s resources by human beings, the world today stands at a juncture of destabilisation. Today the human race has reached the pinnacle of progress but the advancement is happening in a very unsustainable manner.
Through energy-efficient use of everyday essentials like transport, communication, altered habits of diet, clothing and daily living, some crusaders of sustainability try to reduce their carbon footprint. Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is one of the forerunners toward sustainability goals.
Mobius Foundation aims to change the sustainability dynamics
In 2015, Burman paved the way for the start of Mobius Foundation, focused on sustainability. Named after 18th-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Mobius, the famous Mobius strip has an important philosophical significance. The extraordinary shape symbolises balance and union.
Similar is the essence of Mobius Foundation which wishes to enhance the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle to a widespread basis in India, helping generations to come.
Founder Pradip Burman wishes to achieve notable development in education, population stabilisation and renewable energy projects.
A dream school in the making
At Coorg, Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is constructing the World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) where the curriculum will surpass the boundaries of books and classrooms, with a special focus on hands-on learning in close collaboration with the environment. Amidst the pristine natural beauty of Coorg, the school will nurture young minds to grow up into future green leaders. As of now, the school will be open to teenagers, welcoming students from standards 6 to 12.
Needless to say, World Environment School will be the first-of-its-kind not only in India but also in entire South Asia. The school is expected to start from March 2020.
The school promises to nurture the responsible behaviour of citizens of our future.
The Sustainability Conference of 2019
In 2019, the Mobius Foundation has planned an international conference, on the lines of the celebrated earth summits over the past decade. The 2019 International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) aims to bring together environmental activists, practitioners of sustainable development as well as climate change experts to help develop a sustainability-focused curriculum.
It is surmised that the conference will give a platform to innovative concepts of Sustainability Education including an essential change in the existing education system ensuring a wholesome personal development for a student.
The Sustainability crusader
The Mobius founder strongly believes that it is high time to sprout sustainability awareness among a society drowning in consumerism and unknowingly doing irreparable harm to the planet, every second. The best way to achieve this goal is through education which is available to all. At present, the education system is predominantly career-oriented, making the learners a victim of materialism, and thus, their dreams are also outlined in those colours.
Living beyond the limits
When asked about his wish to attain the age of hundred, he strongly asserts that more than becoming a centurion, he wishes his life and work continue to better the society even in his absence. “I have lived my life. I wish that whatever I start before I go, will continue – for the betterment of my country,” says Mr Pradip Burman.
He is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project – India (affiliated to Mr. Al Gore of the Climate Reality Project Foundation, USA). Climate Reality Project, India, has been actively engaged igniting the spark and spreading the message of climate change amongst educators, policy makers and civil society. The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders, and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.
In his journey, Pradip Burman has been a beacon of hope for millions, motivating many to join the movement for sustainability. We wish he continues his tireless efforts for promoting sustainability awareness and inspire generations to come.