During the previous government and their principles of minority appeasement, Hindus as a community had become a punching bag for the world, apt to say the Hindu haters. Under the secular government of India, anyone could get away with any Hinduphobic or anti-Hindu step. It was okay to bash the Sanatan Dharma as its followers are the most non-violent community on this planet.
However, the times have changed and the aforementioned practice is no more acceptable, as the people of the Hindu community have started uniting for the cause of religion and India as a nation knows to respect the sentiments of its people. And the Indian High Commission’s recent step in this direction is proof of that.
The documentary film by Leena Manimekalai “Kaali” has drawn flak for the inappropriate depiction of Hindu Devi Mata Kali in its poster. The film was launched at Aga Khan Museum as part of its Rhythm of Canada. However, there was widespread outrage over the disrespectful depiction of Hindu goddesses, as the character donning attire similar to Hindu Devi can be seen smoking.
Now, the High Commission of India at Ottawa has come forward against this disrespectful depiction of Hindu Devi. The Indian High Commission has issued a statement on the ‘smoking Kaali’ poster and had asked the Canadian authorities and the event organisers to withdraw all such provocative material.
The Indian High Commission also stated that several Hindu groups have approached the authorities in Canada to take action.
The controversy courted by “Kaali”
The controversy is not limited to just Canada, rather the alleged filmmaker had drawn the ire of the public in the nation itself. There have been widespread demands for Leena’s arrest on the micro-blogging platform Twitter. The widespread outrage has arisen due to the disrespectful depiction of a Hindu goddess.
Following the massive uproar over the poster, FIRs have also been registered by the Uttar Pradesh Police and a special cell unit of Delhi Police. The UP Police has lodged an FIR against Leena on charges of criminal conspiracy, offence in a place of worship, deliberately hurting religious sentiments and intention to provoke breach of peace. A Delhi-based lawyer has filed a police complaint against Leena accusing her of hurting religious sentiments with the outrageous poster and has demanded a ban on the objectionable picture.
The use of Hindu deities to further nefarious agenda
The filmmaker has argued that in the film, Kaali has chosen her as a spirit, who holds a pride flag and a camera in her hand and meets the indigenous people while walking in the streets of Canada. Leena, the filmmaker has even put forward a bizarre argument to cover up her Hindu hatred, she said that the scene in the poster depicts the goddess showing love as she in the movie had “kindly accepted the cigarette from the working-class-street dwellers.
While no matter how intellectual and convincing Leena may sound, the reality is different. The truth that lies underneath is the attempt of the filmmaker to use a Hindu goddess worshipped by millions on a daily basis to fulfil her nefarious agenda. This is similar to the NGOs that use Hindu festivals like Teej and Karwachauth to spread ‘awareness’ about female empowerment.
Would anyone dare to misrepresent Christianity or Islam in such a manner? No, right? Because that accounts for Blasphemy. However, on the contrary, anyone, anytime, anywhere can freely abuse the Hindu community and pass on humiliation towards them. Though, with the counter this time, India especially Hindus have made it clear that nothing of this sort will be tolerated. And to further tackle these incidents, there is an immediate need to end the Marxist influence on cinema and academia.
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