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Indian activists say Hindu epic rerun has hidden agenda

Groups accuse the government of spreading communalism and Brahmanism with 'Ramayana'

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Indian activists say Hindu epic rerun has hidden agenda

Police officers patrol a residential area in New Delhi during the government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventative measure against the coronavirus on March 30. (Photo: Money Sharma/AFP)

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The rerun of vintage Indian television show Ramayana during the coronavirus pandemic has elicited mixed reactions from church leaders and activists who say it is pushing a hidden agenda.

The popular Hindu epic produced by Ramanand Sagar, which was first aired on the Doordarshan channel, is being broadcast twice a day from March 28.

“There is certainly an agenda behind the repeat telecast of it now during this lockdown period. The target is to keep 80 percent of the population at home,” A.C. Michael, a former member of Delhi Minorities Commission, told UCA News.

“But how far they will succeed in their agenda is difficult to judge, with most young preferring to watch the new type of movies like Dream Girl, Bala and Luka Chhuppi."

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