The letter to Prime Minister about the crimes in the country involving 'Jai Shri Ram' chants has grabbed headlines. Keralites question leaders and celebrities bringing their attention to many other issues in the state like the floods that ravaged the place a year ago.
Thiruvananthapuram: From filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan to Mollywood actress Revathi, many celebrities have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over their concerns on increasing cases of lynching and religious hate crimes across the nation. The main concern of the people, who signed the letter addressed to Narendra Modi was the dangerous trend of increasing mob lynching incidents "regrettably associated with 'Jai Shri Ram' chants".
In the letter submitted to the Prime Minister, they pointed out that many in India use the slogan Jai Shri Ram to commit crimes in the country.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan soon became a victim of trolls and alleged threats.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan took to Facebook, supporting the famous filmmaker. Vijayan said the threat of the Sangh Parivar against the famous film director and culture leader Adoor Gopalakrishnan is reprehensible, and condemned this.
At the same time, many Keralites questioned Pinarayi Vijayan for his support to Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
"If only Vijayan had spent that time on Facebook raising concerns about Kerala flood victims, then many lives could have restored for good in this state, Adoor too could have done something for the state's flood victims but no, he is busy with other issues," said Rupesh Chirakkal, social activist.
Thousands of people had lost their homes along with their hopes during floods that ravaged Kerala in August last year.
Echoing the same sentiment, Binil Somasundaram, state joint coordinator of Hindu helpline said," Many Keralites don't notice the issues plaguing the state. And they protest raising their voices against people chanting Jai Shri Ram. If they want to stage a protest for a real cause, then they need to fight for Kerala flood victims, along with other kinds of issues in this land. This new move is just to slam Hindus and Hinduism in the country."
Reports said that a Kerala BJP leader hit out at Adoor asking him to go to the moon or any other planet if he was unable to tolerate others chanting 'Jai Shri Ram'.
Meanwhile Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullappally Ramachandran said that he condemns BJP's threat against Adoor Gopalakrishnan. He said Adoor took a step forward only because there's still no difference in the crime rates in the country despite Modi coming to power the second time. He also questioned whether BJP would send all to the moon or other planets if they raised their voice.
“Anyone can make statements, but the one who is indulging in action to help the cause is the one who needs to be appreciated. All leaders are supporting the filmmaker and the others for submitting the letter to PM Modi, but are they really concerned about our state, which has not even recovered from the August floods?” asked Vishnu Sai, BJP worker.
Last Updated 2:26 PM IST