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Huge Controversy Erupts Over Doordarshan's Decision to Telecast "The Kerala Story" - SirWiz News
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Following Doordarshan’s airing of the contentious Hindi film “The Kerala Story,” a political tempest has swept the state of Kerala. A number of political groups have sharply criticized the decision, sparking a heated debate about its possible effects on electoral dynamics and social peace.

Decision Made by Doordarshan’s Broadcast Sparks Protests

Both the Kerala Congress party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] have strongly opposed Doordarshan’s decision to broadcast “The Kerala Story.” Alleging that the broadcast is a covert attempt to split people along religious lines and help the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the impending Lok Sabha elections, Congress lawmakers have contacted the Election Commission.

Public Uproar

Citing worries that the movie would incite religious terrorism and divide voters, poet and journalist K G Suraj has petitioned the court to delay the movie’s release till after the elections. Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister of Kerala, has also denounced the decision and issued a warning that it would worsen intercommunal strife in the state.

Shashi Tharoor Speaks out 

Shashi Tharoor, a senior Congress lawmaker, has blasted Doordarshan for their choice, calling the movie propaganda meant to paint Kerala in an unfavorable light. In contrast to ‘The Kerala Story’s polarizing storyline, Tharoor highlighted Kerala’s legacy of social harmony and coexistence.

Requests for Withdrawal

There have been requests for Doordarshan to reevaluate its decision and rescind the broadcast of “The Kerala Story” amid mounting public uproar and political pressure. The film’s depiction of Kerala, according to critics, is divisive and inaccurate, acting more as a political ploy than as an impartial account of events.

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Particularly in the setting of delicate political contexts and electoral processes, the debate surrounding Doordarshan’s choice to show “The Kerala Story” highlights the difficult balance between freedom of expression and responsible broadcasting. Stakeholders are pushing for accountability, openness, and maintaining social cohesion despite conflicting narratives while the discussion rages on.

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