The upcoming release of the controversial movie “The Kerala Story” has sparked outrage from Kerala’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan. He has accused the filmmakers of promoting the propaganda of the Sangh Parivar, a family of organizations affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological fountainhead of the Bharatiya Janta Party. The film allegedly portrays Kerala as a center of religious extremism, and raises the issue of so-called “love jihad” despite it being rejected by courts, probe agencies, and the Union home ministry.
In a statement, the chief minister accused the filmmakers of deliberately creating communal polarization and spreading hate propaganda against the state. He also criticized the Sangh Parivar for attempting to destroy the religious harmony in Kerala by sowing the poisonous seeds of communalism.
The movie falsely claims that 32,000 women in Kerala were converted and became members of the Islamic State. Pinarayi Vijayan has branded this story as a product of the Sangh Parivar’s lie factory.
The Congress party has also requested that screening permission be denied for the film, stating that it is full of lies and paints the Muslim community in a bad light. Opposition leader V D Satheesan described the film as a bundle of lies intended to defame the state and the community, with Sangh Parivar outfits behind it.
The chief minister has emphasized that freedom of expression cannot be used as a justification for using cinema to spread sectarianism in the state and create divisions. He asserted that it is not a license to spread lies and communalism and divide the people in the state.
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