The BJP's targeting of film-maker Kamal and MT

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s recent tirades against film-maker Kamal and litterateur MT Vasudevan Nair, both from Kerala, for criticising the government and the Sangh Parivar are a good indicator of its political strategy in the state, where it is determined to increase its cadre base. On January 9, the BJP’s state general secretary AN Radhakrishnan said Kamal should leave India if he is not interested in living in the country. The statement was prompted by the director’s criticism of the arrest of 12 people at the International Film Festival of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram in December, for not standing up during the playing of the national anthem before movie screenings. The Supreme Court had in November directed cinema halls to play the national anthem before each screening and said the audience must stand up for the duration of the song. Sangh activists had also marched to Kamal’s house in Kodungalloor in Thrissur district last month, singing the national anthem and targeting his Muslim identity by expanding his name to Kamaluddin. He is also critisized by the Sangh Parivar for his biopic 'Aami', which tells the story of Kamala Surayya.

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Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Hindu
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
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perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Was cross FIR filed 0
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Date of incident: January 15, 2017
Nature of Violence
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  • Attack against work/ideology/activism of individual or group
  • Name of the victim : Kamal, MT Vasudevan nair
    Name of Perpetrator RSS-BJP, AN Radhakrishnan
    State Kerala
    District/City Trivandrum
    Party In Power / Incidents CPI (M) - Communist Party of India (Marxist)
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