Kannur: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan came down heavily on the Narendra Modi-led central government as he inaugurated the 57th Kerala School Kalolsavam in Kannur Monday. Though the CM didn't mention any names as he slammed the atmosphere of intolerance in the country, one could figure out who his target was.
However, CM made no mention of Malayalam writer Kamal C. Chavara who recently burnt his book to protest harassment meted out to him by the Kerala police. It is CM Pinarayi who is holding home ministry in the LDF cabinet.
The chief minister also took a dig at the central government over reports that ATMs in Kannur are out of money, an aftereffect of demonetization.
Key highlights of his speech:
» We live at a time when an artist is not allowed to perform as it is not acceptable to others
» Fascism is trying for a backdoor every into our society
» Reformers Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M.M. Kalburgi were killed
» Artist MF Hussain was forced to leave the country, Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali was not allowed to perform here
» Writer Perumal Murugan was forced to quit writing
» Recently, filmmaker Kamal and writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair were also targets of the advocates of fascism
» Artistic freedom should be protected
» I've seen reports that there is no money in ATMs in the city. But that's beyond Kalolsavam organizers, they're helpless there. I hope you have come prepared