Press Esc to close

Bishnois seethe over Padma to Saif

Last updated: 29 January, 2010
New Delhi, Jan 29,DHNS: 23:03 IST

After the controversy over the Padma Bhushan to US-based businessman Sant Chatwal, another row has erupted over the Padma Shri to Saif Ali Khan, with Rajasthan’s Bishnoi community vehemently protesting the honour to the actor accused in the infamous black buck hunting case.

Members of the community, which revers black bucks, burnt Khan’s effigy in Jodhpur on Thursday, demanding withdrawal of the Padma Shri to him and citing the pending court case against him under the Wildlife Protection Act for killing two black bucks.
Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and one more person were accused of the hunting on the outskirts of Jodhpur during the shooting of Sooraj Barjatya’s “Hum Saath Saath Hain” in October, 1988.

With Bishnoi community members vowing to continue protests till the award is withdrawn, the controversy might get bigger, especially with Chatwal’s Padma Bhushan already attracting criticism from several quarters.

While the Home Ministry has defended the honour to Chatwal, it is yet to make any comment regarding the award to Khan vis-ŕ-vis the controversy.

Khan’s mother, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson and actress Sharmila Tagore, and father ‘Tiger’ Pataudi are both known to be close to the ruling Congress, which incidentally said after the Chatwal controversy that Padma awards should not be conferred on any “tainted” person.

Bishnoi organisations like the Community for Wildlife and Rural Development (COWRD) and Bishnoi Tiger Vanyajeev Evam Paryavaran Sansthan (BTVPS) have said they would write to the Prime Minister and the President protesting Saif Ali Khan’s award.
Another Bishnoi organisation, the Guru Jambeshwar Vanya Jeev Paryavaran Vikas Sansthan, as well as its youth wing, Vishnoi Commando Force (VCF), have threatened to continue protests till the award is withdrawn.

The controversy has come in the backdrop of Khan’s reported comment that he felt “underserving” of the award since there were others much more deserving than him.
“Honestly speaking, I feel really humbled and undeserving on being awarded the Padma Shri. It isn’t something that I had asked for and since Government of India has done this for me, all I can do is to deliver my best and live up to it,” Khan has been quoted as saying.

“May be I wasn’t really worthy of it. There are many people who deserve it much more me,” he said in Mumbai.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal in action during the first ODI cricket match against India at the HPCA...

Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal in action during the first ODI cricket match against India at the HPCA...

Family members of various fishermen, who are still missing following cyclone Ockhi...

Family members of various fishermen, who are still missing following cyclone Ockhi...

LGBT people raise slogans during 16th Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata on Sunday...

LGBT people raise slogans during 16th Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata on Sunday...

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu honours MSSRF Chairman M S Swaminathan at an award function...

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu honours MSSRF Chairman M S Swaminathan at an award function...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a lotus-garland by the BJP workers during an election..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a lotus-garland by the BJP workers during an election..

Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of India's main opposition Congress Party, is garlanded by supporters..

Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of India's main opposition Congress Party, is garlanded by supporters..

Dressed in Santa Claus outfits, a diver feeds sardines as part of events to celebrate...

Dressed in Santa Claus outfits, a diver feeds sardines as part of events to celebrate...

A model showcases a creation by designer Tarun Tahiliani at Fashion Tour 2017 in Mumbai...

A model showcases a creation by designer Tarun Tahiliani at Fashion Tour 2017 in Mumbai...

A farmer works at his mustard field at a village on the outskirts of Amritsar on Saturday...

A farmer works at his mustard field at a village on the outskirts of Amritsar on Saturday...

Border Security Force (BSF) jawans during a training session at Kathua, about 90 kms from Jammu...

Border Security Force (BSF) jawans during a training session at Kathua, about 90 kms from Jammu...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.