Rajasthan Female Literacy More Important Than ‘Padmavati’: Tharoor

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has also jumped into the ongoing controversy surrounding Padmavati. The politician retweeted a tweet stating that education of the Rajasthani women is more important than their “ghoonghats”.

Tharoor wrote, "Agree totally. The Padmavati controversy is an opportunity to focus on the conditions of Rajasthani women today & not just of queens six centuries ago. Rajasthan’s female literacy among lowest. Education more important than ghooghats".

Speaking about the issue of Padmavati, a user on Twitter pointed out, “Rajasthani women should be offended by (sic) is that their state is at the bottom on women's conditions education, health, child mortality etc.”

A BJP member has demanded that Sanjay Leela Bhansali be "tried for treason" and that CBFC should not certify the movie, while some want the movie's release date to be delayed in view of the Gujarat elections, and then there are others who feel the movie must be shown to historians before it is given wings to fly. On Friday, Prasoon Joshi came out in support of Bhansali, saying the CBFC respected him "as an individual and artist".

The Rajasthan government is also planning to set up a committee to watch the movie.
Andhare is confident that the CBFC will have "appropriate representation from the necessary quarters, historians included. We have no reservations on that count. We trust the CBFC's judgement," he said, as they await a CBFC screening of the film.

The conjecture is that the makers have showcased a romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and invader Alauddin Khilji - a claim put to rest by Bhansali as incorrect.

(With inputs from IANS)

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