Rahul Gandhi Upholds Freedom of Expression Over Sacred Games Row
Rahul Gandhi has upholded the freedom of expression of the artists involved in India’s first original Netflix series – Sacred Games. He made a strong statement saying that freedom is a fundamental democratic right.
The character in the show Ganesh Gaitonde played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui talks about many incidents in the Indian political history related to the Indian National Congress. He mentions the forced sterilization during the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s regime, the emergency. He also talks about Rajiv Gandhi’s involvement in the Bofors scam and his role in the Shah Bano Case.
Post the show’s release a Congress activist named Rajiv Sinha filed a police complaint in Kolkata against the producers of the show and Nawazuddin Siddiqui over the controversial dialogues.
Taking a stand, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that.”
The Congress President also took a jibe at the BJP and RSS saying they believe in policing and controlling the freedom of expression.
BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right.
My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that.#SacredGames
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 14, 2018