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Doordarshan’s decision to broadcast The Kerala Story triggers row

Despite a strong protest raised by the ruling CPI(M) and Congress in Kerala, Doordarshan on Friday aired the controversial Bollywood movie ‘The Kerala Story’.

The movie was telecasted at the autonomous public service broadcaster at 8 pm.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of the CPI(M) screened a video, ‘The Kerala Story True or Fake?’ by YouTuber Dhruv Rathee, at various places across the state to debunk the movie.

The youth Congress expressed strong protest and staged a protest march to the Doordarshan office here at around 8.30 pm against the broadcast of the movie.

Earlier in the day, the CPI(M) and the Congress in Kerala lodged separate complaints with the Election Commission of India against Doordarshan’s decision to air the controversial movie, alleging it could potentially polarize society along religious lines and urged the poll panel to intervene and stop its screening.

However, the BJP claimed that the theme of the movie was real and wondered why the Left and the Congress were opposing it.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, V D Satheesan, sent a letter to the Election Commission today, seeking to direct Doordarshan to withdraw from its decision to telecast “the extremely malicious ‘The Kerala Story’ movie”.

“As you are aware, ‘The Kerala Story’ is a propaganda film based on extremely false promises and attempts to paint a bleak picture of the people of the state. I believe this is part of Sangh Parivar’s poisonous agenda to divide the country along communal lines,” Satheesan said in his letter.

He said the decision by the Central government to telecast the movie through Doordarshan before the Lok Sabha election was a tacit effort to divide society on religious grounds to further the electoral prospects of the ruling BJP.

“The decision of Doordarshan is a direct insult to the people of Kerala. It is also in violation of the model code of conduct, which forbids any effort to divide society on religious lines,” the senior Congress leader said.

CPI(M) state secretary, M V Govindan said the timing of the proposed telecast, on the brink of elections, that too when the campaigning is gaining heightened momentum, gives rise to genuine doubts, as it has the propensity to garner/generate votes for candidates pursuing sectarian ideologies.

Telecasting such a controversial film with a divisive plot at this juncture will certainly create mutual hatred between different religious groups and cause tensions, Govindan said in his complaint letter sent to the ECI.

He said the widely advertised screening of such a film through the DD National Channel will aggravate the situation.

Govindan said the Doordarshan was subjected to deep and pervasive control of the union government, and the movie “with a divisive theme” will impair free and fair elections.

The senior CPI(M) leader said that in order to avoid creating communal hatred and not provide an opportunity to appeal for votes on religious grounds, necessary directions need to be issued to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Prasar Bharati Corporation and the Doordarshan not to telecast the film “The Kerala Story” through any of its channels.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had on Thursday condemned Doordarshan’s decision and asked the public broadcaster to withdraw from screening the controversial movie, saying it would only “exacerbate communal tensions” ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Vijayan had asked the national broadcaster not to become a “propaganda machine” for the BJP and the RSS.

“The decision by @DDNational to broadcast the film ‘Kerala Story’, which incites polarisation, is highly condemnable. The national news broadcaster should not become a propaganda machine of the BJP-RSS combine and withdraw from screening a film that only seeks to exacerbate communal tensions ahead of the general elections. Kerala will remain steadfast in opposing such malicious attempts to sow hatred,” Vijayan said in a post on ‘X’.

In a statement, the ruling CPI(M) asked the Doordarshan not to stand with the “BJP’s attempt to polarize” the secular Kerala society.

The Kerala High Court had last year refused to stay the release of the film, stating that the movie trailer does not contain anything offensive to any particular community as a whole.

The court had said that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had examined the movie and found that it is suitable for public exhibition. The movie’s trailer was severely criticized and challenged before the court for “falsely” claiming that 32,000 women from Kerala got converted and radicalized and were deployed in terror missions both in India and the world.

The BJP had alleged that there was an unofficial ban on the movie in the theaters of the state.

Strong protest was held by the CPI(M) and the Congress against the movie when it was released in 2023.

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