Not a time to keep mouth shut in fear of govt: Shafi reacts to Anil's comments on BBC documentary

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Shafi Parambil

Thiruvananthapuram: This is not a time to keep our mouths shut in fear of the government, said Youth Congress Kerala state president and MLA Shafi Parambil.

He was reacting to the comments of Anil K Antony, national co-coordinator of the social media and digital communications department of Congress, on the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

In a tweet, Anil said despite large differences with the BJP, those who support and place the views of the British broadcaster and of former UK foreign secretary Jack Straw, the "brain behind the Iraq war," (involving the US-led coalition in 2003) over Indian institutions are setting a dangerous precedence.

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"Despite large differences with BJP, I think those (in India) placing views of BBC, a state sponsored channel with a long history of (alleged India) prejudices, and of Jack Straw, the brain behind the Iraq war, over (Indian) institutions is setting a dangerous precedence, will undermine our sovereignty," Anil tweeted.

Shafi added that Anil was not reflecting the opinion of Youth Congress and the state president will clarify the position of the organisation.

Meanwhile, DYFI, the youth wing of the ruling CPM in Kerala, on Tuesday screened the documentary at various parts of the state.

While inaugurating a screening at Saroj Bhavan in Kozhikode, DYFI state president V Vaseef said that DYFI organised the screening for people to see through RSS's and BJP's politics behind banning the documentary in the country. He added that DYFI does not intend to create any political clashes but to unveil the story of the biggest genocide in independent india's history.

The screening prompted protest marches by the BJP's Yuva Morcha.

With agency inputs

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