Rahul Gandhi On "Sacred Games" Row, "I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right"

Rahul Gandhi On "Sacred Games" Row, "I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right"

Rahul Gandhi On "Sacred Games" Row, "I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right"

New Delhi: On Saturday, The President of Congress, Rahul Gandhi appeared to disapprove demands to censor uncharitable references to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the web series Sacred Games.

The Congress Boss, took a dig at the opposition and said that unlike the BJP, he did not believe that the freedom of expression should be policed and remarks by a fictional character in Sacred Games would not change his father's contribution to the country.

He tweeted on Saturday, "My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that." 

Mr Gandhi, who is often critical of the BJP and its ideological mentor, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, said these two organisations "believe the freedom of expression must be policed and controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right".

His support for freedom of expression comes after, police complaints and petitions were filed by leaders of his party.

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A petition in the Delhi high court requested the judges to order the makers of the show including directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Netflix to take down the series. Other complaints filed with the police asked the makers and actors to be prosecuted.

The first Indian Netflix series, Sacred Games talks about certain incidents in India's political history including Rajiv Gandhi's alleged role in the Bofors scam, the Congress government's controversial forced sterilisation scheme under Indira Gandhi's tenure, and Rajiv Gandhi's involvement in the Shah Bano case.

Netflix termed the show as dark and gritty, which it justifies by showing scenes with strong violence, frontal nudity, and character emotions.

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