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VIRAL: 2 die of suffocation at overcrowded Banke Bihari temple in UP’s Mathura amid Janmashtami rush

Temples across the country were seen lit up with colourful lights and the devotees also participate in the midnight celebrations on the occasion of Janmashtami.

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Banke Bihari temple in UP's Mathura

At least two people died and six were injured due to suffocation at Mathura’s Banke Bihari temple during Janmashtami celebrations.

The visuals of the temple have been showing overcrowding during Mangla Arti at UP’s famous Banke Bihari temple in Mathura. Many overcrowding inside visuals of the temple are doing rounds on social media.

Two people died due to overcrowding during midnight celebrations at Banke Bihari temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, the police said.

During Mangla Arti at Banke Bihari in UP’s Mathura, one devotee fainted at the exit gate of the temple due to which movement of devotees was restricted. Many suffocated and two people lost their lives due to overcrowding, the SSP Mathura told the reporters.

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The deceased have been identified as Nirmala Devi and Ram Prasad Vishwakarma who were declared dead at the hospital, the police said.

The treatment of injured people is underway at a hospital in Mathura.

Mathura is considered the birthplace of Lord Krishna whose birthday was celebrated across the country with great fervour on Friday with the name of Janmashtami.

Earlier, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura and said the teachings of Lord Shri Krishna, inspires thoughts, actions and vision of the BJP government. On the occasion of Janmashtami, the UP CM also repeated his commitment to preserve and promote the spiritual and cultural heritage of the state.

Adityanath also said Lord Krishna arrived on this earth about 5,000 years ago from today and his Leelas are celebrated in every part of the country and the world even today.

Temples across the country were seen lit up with colourful lights and the devotees also participate in the midnight celebrations on the occasion of Janmashtami, a Hindu festival which is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.

The festival is celebrated by offering prayers to Lord Krishna, with beautifully decorated swings, dance and music performances along with the Dahi Handi competition.

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Who is Nadav Lapid, the Israeli filmmaker who made comments on Kashmir Files?

The Israeli filmmaker’s 47-year-old love-hate connection with his own country was on display in Ahed’s Knee, which he submitted for competition at the Cannes Film Festival the previous year.

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Who is Nadav Lapid, the Israeli filmmaker who made comments on Kashmir Files?

Nadav Lapid, an Israeli screenwriter and director, reopened the discussion on Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files on Monday by labelling it vulgar and propaganda. The jury was disturbed and shocked by the movie, according to Lapid, who spoke at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) closing ceremony, and they found it unacceptable for an artistic competitive part of such a prominent film festival.

We were all surprised and horrified by the fifteenth movie, The Kashmir Files. That seemed like a crass, propagandist film that had no place in the artistic competition of such a prominent film festival.

The National Film Development Corporation of India, which is part of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and the Goa government jointly organised the Indian Panorama Section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which included a screening of The Kashmir Files on November 22. Many took Lapid’s remark as an embarrassment for the government because The Kashmir Files had received a roaring endorsement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March of this year, as the speech’s video clip instantly went viral on social media.

On social media, Lapid’s speech garnered both scathing criticism and applause.

Who is Nadav Lapid?

Nadav Lapid, an Israeli screenwriter born in Tel Aviv, is best known for his work in Synonymes (2019), The Kindergarten Teacher (2014), and Policeman (2011). The director has served as a jury member for the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2015, the International Critics’ Week jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and the jury for the Official Competition at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival in 2021.

The Israeli filmmaker’s 47-year-old love-hate connection with his own country was on display in Ahed’s Knee, which he submitted for competition at the Cannes Film Festival the previous year.

Lapid also signed an open letter against the establishment of the Shomron (Samaria/West Bank) Film Fund together with 250 other Israeli filmmakers. According to the filmmakers, the Fund’s sole objective was to get Israeli filmmakers to actively assist in whitewashing the Occupation in exchange for financial support and rewards.

The official mission of the Shomron Film Fund is to distribute funds to Israeli citizens who produce films in the West Bank and to Jewish settlers who live in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).

In one of his interviews, Lapid had remarked that the Israeli collective spirit is a sick soul when discussing his movie Synonymes.

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Kashmir Files controversy: Consul Gen of Israel, Israeli envoy, criticise IFFI jury head’s remarks on film

Israel’s ambassador to India, Naor Gilon took to twitter and wrote an open letter addressing Nadav Lapid for criticising him Kashmir Files.

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Kashmir Files controversy: Consul Gen of Israel, Israeli envoy, criticise IFFI jury head’s remarks on film

Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, who criticised The Kashmir Files as propaganda and vulgar film at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa received harsh criticism from Israel’s top authorities.

The IFFI juror board has also disavowed his comments, referring to them as his personal opinion.

In a open letter uploaded on Twitter the day after jury head Nadav Lapid criticised the movie at the festival’s closing ceremony, envoy Naor Gilon also expressed his regret to India.

Israel’s ambassador to India, Naor Gilon took to twitter and wrote an open letter addressing Nadav Lapid for criticising him Kashmir Files.

He wrote a seven-point letter on why Lapid should be ashamed for his remarks. A guest is like a God in Indian culture and Nadav Lapid has abused this sentiment in the worst way, he wrote in the ltter adding that Israel has to maintain its composure when India, a country with such a rich film culture, watches Israeli productions. He also wrote that the relationship India and Israel is very strong, and it will endure the harm you have caused.

Gilon said that he understood Lapiud’s need in retrospect to justify his behaviour but he failed to understand his statement to a media establishment afterwards.

Lapid’s speech was a big mistake: Consulate General of Israel

Consulate General of Israel, Kobbi Shoshani also bashed out at Nadav Lapid’s remarks on The Kashmir Files.

He said that he cried upon watching the film. Jews too have suffered from horrible things and he thought it was not easy film to watch. He added that Nadav’s speech was unacceptable and that it was his personal opinion and had nothing to do with Israel.

His speech was a big mistake and that it was inappropriate. He is not representing the State of Israel, Shoshani added.

He must apologise because he entered a political dispute in India and it was something he must not have done,  the Consulate General of Israel concluded.

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Man says he will vote for BJP over Article 370 in MCD election

One such video is doing rounds on Twitter, where a man is saying that he will vote for the BJP because the party has scrapped Article 370 and is creating Ram Mandir.

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Man says he will vote for BJP over Article 370 in MCD election

The elections for the Municipal Corporations of India are approaching but there are a majority of people who aren’t aware of what these elections are basically for and WhatsApp has played a major role in this. People make opinions by seeing stuff on social media without even verifying it.

Whatsapp has turned out to be the most favoured platform for political propaganda. There are a huge number of groups that target millions of WhatsApp users with political messaging. People are bringing national issues to vote for a party in MCD elections.

One such video is doing rounds on Twitter, where a man is saying that he will vote for the BJP because the party has scrapped Article 370 and is creating Ram Mandir. The irony is that the man doesn’t even know what Article 370 is. When the reporter informs him that the aim of the MCD elections is to raise people’s issues such as the working of street lights or cleanliness in the area. He replied he will still vote for BJP even after street lights haven’t been fixed and trash is spread on the road.

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The video is spreading like wildfire on social media. They feel such a social platform hacks people’s minds. People do not know what is good for them. One of the users said getting information from social media is okay, but after the person gets the information, they should verify it and think about it.

Another user commented that others are suffering because of such people. Yet another wrote everyone is stung by the nationalism bug.

Meanwhile, the voting for the MCD elections will be held on December 4, and the counting of votes will be done on December 7.

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