Jaipur, 28 March, 2016:Press release of salient points of my speech during inauguration of “International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism” at Jaipur 

 Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that short films and documentaries can bring a revolution in the world against the challenges of terrorism and radicalism and those evil forces who are engaged in ill design to kill humanity by misusing religion as their “security cover”.

While inaugurating “International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism” at Jaipur, Shri Naqvi said that the short films and documentaries can play a vital role in exposing nefarious designs and “destructive mentality” of these evil forces. There is a need for a campaign by short films and documentaries’ makers in this regard.

Shri Naqvi said that short films successfully give “big messages” in the society and “documentary revolution” can become mirror of all aspects of the society. Indian cinema is decades old. “Raja Harishchandra”, the first film made by the “Father of Indian Cinema” Dadasaheb Falke, is considered to be the beginning of cinema in the country. Since then, several Indian film directors-producers and their films have showcased their talent and creativity at various international forums.

Shri Naqvi said that there is a large series of writers and producers of India who have significantly contributed in producing world class short films and documentaries. Their message through their films inspire for human values. Today, message of short films can become a “milestone” of world peace and harmony.

Shri Naqvi said that short films have strengthened people’s consciousness on various issues. Short films and documentaries have made the people aware on issues such as social, economic, environment, human rights, poverty, challenges of terrorism, politics, education, health, women rights and others. Short films are an effective medium to give “big message” in short duration.

Shri Naqvi said that there is need to promote short films and documentaries on the line of Hollywood-Bollywood and other regional film industry. The Central Government and State Governments can play a crucial role in this regard. Short films and documentaries’ makers play a crucial role in presenting issues concerned to the common people. There is need to promote such film makers.

Shri Naqvi said that Indian cinema, short films and documentaries have become well established after a long journey, this sector has become an effective and also profitable industry. Today, various industries are investing in big and commercial film sector. However, the short films and documentaries, which give message of peace and harmony, are facing shortage of investments. This situation should be improved. Technology is a crucial part in this direction. Best short films and documentaries can be made using latest technology and industries, government and non-government social organizations should come forward in this regard.

Shri Naqvi said that India is a country of cultural diversity and there is a need to promote this cultural diversity, tradition and social environment at global level and world’s culture and other happenings should also reach to India. Similarly, India has a vast potential in tourism and this sector should be showcased before the entire world so that the world can see our country’s beauty. Short films and documentaries can be very helpful for this purpose.

Shri Naqvi said that the short films and documentaries’ makers should also use social media platform for films giving message to the society and also for strong and effective campaign against terrorism.

Congratulating organizers of the event Indian Infotainment Media Corporation, Shri Naqvi said that such events will encourage and promote short films and documentaries. IIMC has been playing a laudable role in promoting big messages of these short films among the people.