While things are spinning out of control in the debate of nationalism in our country, in a recent instance, a college magazine seems to have offended the right wing groups beyond repair. A Kerala College 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. Adding to the offence, cartoons also depict a penis-shaped TV remote.
The caption of the said cartoon reads: “The nationalism of standing up in theatre, the nationalism of reading Manusmrithi in streets.”
According to reports from News Minute, 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. An objection was raised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on the cartoons published in a 100-page magazine who immediately tagged the content of the magazine ‘anti-national’. The 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.
As a repercussion, 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 stir, the College took down two pages of the magazine.