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Encountered on Saffron Agenda?| 1hr : 34mins
Director: Shubhradeep Chakravorty | Producer: New Stream Media
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: India
Subject Tags: asia, politics, religion, violence
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Any fake encounter is a gross violation of the fundamental right to life and liberty of the victim, which is protected under Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India. In a democracy, the state cannot perpetuate any form of terrorism on its people. So, each and every fake encounter needs to be condemned in strongest possible words. But when we talk about fake encounters in the context of Gujarat it takes a very different dimension. The documentary "Encountered on Saffron Agenda?" shows that these Gujarat encounters are not only gross violations of the fundamental rights to life and liberty of the victims, but they were exclusively used to demonise minorities and to strengthen the politics of hate in the state. Exploring this phenomenon in the context of Godhra train burning incident, in which 59 passengers (including several karsevaks) were killed. Without any investigation, the blame was put on Muslims by the Modi government of Gujarat as well as then BJP-led central government, and with that it was claimed that "Islamic terrorism" has arrived in India and found Gujarat as its breeding ground. Attacks on Akshardham temple and Indian Parliament building were cited as further examples of that brand of terrorism.

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