It’s quite disturbing that society has such elements that go to any length to prove their point, even to the extent of destroying historical artifacts. Today came the news that vandals entered the Padmini Mahal in Chittorgarh Fort and broke the mirrors famously known to have reflected the image of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati for Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji‘s viewing, a police officer said.
“All the three mirrors were broken on Sunday evening in the palace by some miscreants,” the official told IANS on phone from Chittorgarh, over 300 km from here. He said an investigation was on.
Shree Rajput Karni Sena, a caste-based organisation, claimed responsibility for damaging the mirrors. They were the same group that attacked Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali stalling the shooting of period drama titled Padmavati claiming that he was distorting historical facts. They even damaged some cameras and equipments.
“We had given an ultimatum to this effect 15 days back and in spite of our demands, mirrors were not removed,” an activist of Rajput Karni Sena said. At around 4.45 in the evening four to five persons entered the palace, broke the mirrors into pieces and ran away from the place, a witness said. It is said that around the 13th century, Khilji was shown the queen’s reflection in the mirror in the palace.
According to this Sena, the mirrors were invented years after the event was claimed to have happened. They are basically basing their claim on the fact that this event was not a part of the history, but it’s made up.
Bhansali is making a movie titled Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.