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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

Meghalaya govt. undecided on ‘Da Vinci Code’

Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

Shillong, 31 May, (Asiantribune.com): The multi-coalition MDA government is yet to take a final decision on whether to screen of the film version of Dan Browns‘Da Vinci Code’ in Meghalaya.

The GAD department, authorized by the Cabinet to take a decision on whether to ban screening of the movie has instructed the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, P.Jain to elicit a general opinion.

“We felt that it would be appropriate to seek the views of various quarters”, said Meghalaya GAD Minister, HDR.Lyngdoh after a meeting with senior government officials.

Lyngdoh added that the Cabinet will take its final decision.

Tomorrow, the Deputy Commissioner will seek the views of the Church leaders of various Christian denominations and including theater’s proprietors. He will submit the opinions made by Church leader’s cinema halls owners on Thursday to the GAD minister.

“We cannot just follow what Punjab and other States have decided on Da Vinci Code, let us not be haste”, the GAD Minister said.

Today, the Khasi Jaintia Church Leaders Forum have urged the State government to prohibit screening of the movie this predominantly Christian State saying the content is “blasphemous”.

Several Church leaders including a Church NGOs, a Student organisation and political party have opposed the screening of the controversial Hollywood blockbuster ‘Da Vinci Code’ in the State. They say that "the book as well as the film are utterly blasphemous and an insult to Christianity".

The Catholic Association of Khasi Jaintia Hills (CAKJH) and Garo Students’ Union (GSU) Khasi Hills Zone has demanded a ban on the screening of the Hollywood blockbuster. The Ron Howard movie was released world wide on May 17 at the Cannes Festival and in India on May 26.

The Meghalaya Democratic Party an ally of the ruling Congress led MDA government too have opposed the screening of the movie and suggested the government to ban it.

“We are against screening of the film Da Vinci Code, as the content is blasphemous”, said the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic church, Rev. Dominic Jala and Senior Administrative Secretary KJP Assembly Rev (Dr) J F Jyrwa.

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