Censorship in writing and film-making in Punjab was discussed at a session on the concluding day of Chandigarh Literature Festival at Panjab University on Sunday. Surjit Singh, general secretary, Punjab Sahit Academy, said, “Ritualistic censorship of the majority needs to be challenged everywhere.”Also a Punjabi professor at Punjabi University, Patiala, Surjit was in conversation with journalist-filmmaker Daljit Ami on the topic ‘Freedom of expression and Punjabi literature’. Sandhu started the discussion by introducing types of censorship that writers or film-makers face in Punjab, including sacred, state, social, and self-censorship. The controversy on whether Dasham Granth was authored by Guru Gobind Singh also found its way into the talk. Surjit mentioned professor Ravinder Ravi who was killed by militants after a debate during the Khalistan movement in Punjab.
Source: Hindustan Times November 14, 2017 11:26 UTC