'Save Democracy', an umbrella body of independent filmmakers, is mulling to campaign against the ruling rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019, a media report said on Saturday.
Over a hundred members of the filmmaking community fromacross India, most of them independent filmmakers, have come together under theumbrella of 'Save Democracy' to issue an appeal to the people of India not tovote for the BJP in the upcoming elections, reported The Hindu.
'Save Democracy' has said that "unleashing of polarisationand hate politics; marginalisation of Dalits, Muslims and farmers; steadyerosion of the cultural and scientific institutions; and increasing censorship"are among many reasons why they have come up against the BJP.
"All that is at stake now and that fascism threatens tostrike us hard if we don't choose wisely in the coming Lok Sabha election,"they said in a statement, according to the report.
Save Democracy has also alleged that ever since the BJP cameto power in 2014, the country has been polarised along religious lines.
"They are now using mob lynching and cow vigilantism tosplit the country communally," says the report
"Any individual or institution that raises the slightestdissent is labelled 'anti-national.' 'Patriotism' is how they grow their votebank. It goes on to point to romanticising and exploiting the armed forces asanother one of its strategies, even risking the nation engaging in war," SaveDemocracy has said.
Well-know names like Vetri Maaran, Anand Patwardhan,Sanalkumar Sasidharan, Sudevan, Q, Deepa Dhanraj, Gurvinder Singh, PushpendraSingh, Kabir Singh Chowdhry, Anjali Monteiro, Praveen Morchhale, DevashishMakhija and festival director and editor, Bina Paul are among the few that haveconstituted 'Save Democracy'.