5 Nov, 2015
Right after documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan returned his National Award, he appeared for a television interview and said the current regime has ushered us into “early stages of nascent fascism”.
Patwardhan – the director of hard-hitting documentaries like Ram ke Naam, Father, Son, and Holy War and Jai Bhim Comrade – was asked in return by the interviewer, journalist Barkha Dutt, that if “nascent fascism” had actually set in then how come a mass protest by intellectuals was underway. Patwardhan replied, “We are celebrating dissent while we can. What I’m worried about is when more people do not speak out, things could deteriorate. This is an early warning system.”