Kerala college publishes 'anti-national' cartoons in magazine, takes it down after protest

The Kerala college magazine published a cartoon in which a man and a woman are portrayed having sex in a cinema theatre while the national anthem is being played

A Kerala college magazine seems to have wrongly rubbed shoulders with the right wing groups. The magazine recently published cartoons in which a man and a woman are portrayed having sex in a cinema theatre while the national anthem is being played. Cartoons also depict a penis-shaped TV remote.

As per a report in the NewsMinute, the magazine published by the college union of Brennen College in Thalassery named ‘pellet’ also had the cartoon of a person injured having suffered pellet wounds.

The cartoon of the couple, the penis shaped remote and several other cartoons in the 100-page magazine landed in trouble after the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) raised objections to the magazine. Calling the material published in the magazine as anti-national, ABVP members claimed that the cartoon which shows a couple having sex in a theatre is against the order of the Supreme Court which makes the national anthem mandatory in movie halls.

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The caption of the said cartoon reads: “The nationalism of standing up in theatre, the nationalism of reading Manusmrithi in streets.”

ABVP led huge protests against the magazine and even alleged that the content of the magazine is against the Army. “There are also other defamatory contents by the representation of vagina and penis. Also, offensive articles are there against the army by supporting radicals in Kashmir, which is against our Nation,” ABVP leader Brennen College, Priju has been quoted as saying in the NewsMinute.

Soon after the row, the college union on Wednesday withdrew two pages of the magazine. Hitting out at the Right-wing groups, SFI State Secretary, Vijin claimed there was nothing anti-national in the magazine. He even questioned the ABVP if it has taken some “quotation for patriotism”.

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Defending the committee’s decision to pull down the cartoons, he said that they have been complaints of it being indecent, which is why they have been removed from the magazine.

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