Freedom of expression cannot be reserved for Hindu Gods, says Priyanka Chaturvedi on Kaali poster row

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi on Tuesday criticised the Kaali poster that showed goddess smoking and pointed out that freedom of expression cannot be reserved for Hindu deities.

Taking to Twitter, she said, “Freedom of expression cannot be reserved for Hindu Gods and Goddesses, while for the rest one must tip toe around religious sensibilities.”

“I am offended with the movie poster on Ma Kaali, respect has to be equal for all,” she added.

Documentary Kaali showing the goddess smoking and holding an LGBTQ flag triggered controversy and filmmaker Leena Manimekalai was accused of hurting religious sentiments.

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The Madurai-born filmmaker had shared the poster of Kaali documentary on the microblogging site on Saturday and said the film was part of the ‘Rhythms of Canada’ segment at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Earlier in the day, speaking about the Kaali poster controversy, TMC MP Mahua Moitra had said Kaali, for her, was a meat-eating, alcohol-accepting goddess.

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“When you go to Sikkim, you will see that they offer whiskey to Goddess Kaali. But if you go to Uttar Pradesh, and if you tell them that you offer whiskey to the goddess as ‘prasad’, they will call it blasphemy,” said Moitra.

However, TMC condemned the statement and distanced itself from the comment saying, “The comments made by Mahua Moitra at the India Today Conclave East 2022 and her views expressed on Goddess Kali have been made in her personal capacity and are NOT ENDORSED BY THE PARTY in ANY MANNER OR FORM.”

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