Udaipur : As the row on Padmavati continues, now the lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar’s quirky remark on Rajput community has drawn sharp reaction from the Mewar Royal household. Mahendra Singh Mewar, one of the direct descendants of Chittor ruler Rawal Ratan Singh in an open letter condemned the writer’s remarks on Rajputs.
“I am aghast to note the total abandonment of decency and his absolute lack of knowledge of history” Mahendra Singh wrote. Its noteworthy that the writer in an interview to a news channel had said that the Rajputs and Rajwadas never fought against the Britishers andnow they are taking to streets against a film and a film maker. The writer also said that the all the ‘ranas’ ‘rajas’ and ‘maharajas’ of Rajasthan were all serving in the courts of the Britishers for 200 year and where did their Rajput honour and valour go that time? Taking a dig at Akhtar’s statement, Mahendra Singh said that he received two guestson Monday, who had brought with them venerable symbols with them each, one from Mecca and other from Tibet.
“Had my forefathers conformed to Mr Javed’s fallicious description, I would not have had the chance of being touched and moved so profoundly as on this occasion” Singh claimed. Further he said ” As an example of coorporation, consider the making of the life story of the famous Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As much as we can see, it had been a happy exercise from the beginning to the end. Had the film team barged into Mr Dhoni’s life and misinterpreted him in the film, do you think Mr Akhtar or anyone else would have received any different treatment from what they have got in Mewar, Rajasthan and elsewhere? Would Mr Akhtar then have complained of having been hit by a cricket bat for having said Mr Dhoni has done no work, but has only played a game?” he retaliated.
pic- Maharana Mahendra Singh of Mewar (center with the shawl) receiving guests at his residence in Samore Bagh in Udaipur