KR Narayanan Institute row: MA Baby backs Adoor Gopalakrishnan, calls him secular

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MA Baby, Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: CPM leader MA Baby on Tuesday came out extending support to filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan in connection with the controversies over alleged caste discrimination at the KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts (KRNNIVSA) in Kanjiramattom.

Taking to Facebook, Baby said it is irresponsible and defamatory to cast Adoor as a casteist and tarnish his image. “Calling Adoor a casteist is senseless at the very least,” he wrote.

Asserting that Adoor is one among many who raised voice against the semi-fascist government in contemporary India, Baby added, “he (Adoor) has been a secularist all through his life and has stood against communalism and caste domination.”

Meanwhile, a report by a two-member committee, which was appointed to look into the issues raised by the KRNNIVSA students, reportedly found merit in certain of their complaints against Shankar Mohan, director of the institute.

The row began after the film school students levelled a slew of allegations against Shankar Mohan over his caste discriminatory practices at the institute.

Later, the issue garnered widespread attention after the students staged a protest at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) venue in Thiruvananthapuram.

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