Suman Ghosh's Documentary “The Argumentative Indian” approved by CBFC

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Friday, January, 05 2018 - 16:44

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has approved documentary “The Argumentative Indian”, directed by National Award-winning director Suman Ghosh.

The film, shot in two parts in 2002 and 2017, has Nobel laureate Amartya Sen (84) talking about the social choice theory, development economics, philosophy and the rise of right-wing nationalism across the world, including India.

The hour-long documentary was originally scheduled for a 14 July release, but was not apporved by the Indian censor board over the use of the words "cow", "Gujarat", "Hindu India" and "Hindutva".

"CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi watched 'The Argumentative Indian' in Mumbai yesterday along with other board members and gave his consent to the words.

"After seeing the film yesterday, Joshi held a discussion with me and said 'the film can be released without any cuts," Mr Ghosh told reporters.

The film director uploaded trailer of the documentary on Facebook, without the four words that the CBFC had wanted to be beeped out.

Amartya Kumar Sen is an Indian economist and philosopher who was born in Santiniketan in West Bengal and who since 1972 has taught and worked in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Sen has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, and indexes of the measure of well-being of citizens of developing countries.
He is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University and member of faculty at Harvard Law School. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 and India's Bharat Ratna in 1999 for his work in welfare economics. In 2017, Sen was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for most valuable contribution to Political Science.


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