What do we make of this?
The Times of India reports that the Kinnaur district BJP has protested against the film Traffic Signal for its “objectionable” use of the term Kinner for eunuchs. The film has been banned in Himachal Pradesh.
Protesting against Bollywood movie ‘Traffic Signal’ for using the word ‘kinner’ for eunuchs in the film, the Kinnaur district BJP on Thursday appealed to President APJ Abdul Kalam to intervene for getting the “objectionable” word dropped from it.
A BJP delegation, led by Kinnaur District President Vidya Sagar Negi, submitted a memorandum in the name of the President to Deputy Commissioner BR Verma for forwarding it.
The memorandum said the tribal people of Kinnaur, popularly referred to as ‘Kinners’, were feeling “insulted” because of the use of the word for eunuchs in the Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest movie and urged Kalam to intervene and get the “wrong and objectionable” word deleted from the film, state BJP Executive Committee member Tejwant Negi.
It said that as per a 1956 Presidential notification, the tribal people of Kinnaur have been accorded the status of Scheduled Tribe. Kinnaur district was formed in 1960 and it derived its name from the term “Kinner”.
President of Himachal Pradesh Tribal Employees Federation B S Negi said he has written a letter to chief of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes for dropping of the word from the movie as it has “damaging” effect on Kinners’ society.
On Wednesday, the Himachal Pradesh Government, through a notification, banned screening of the movie in the state for two months in view of widespread protests from people of Kinnaur district.