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My father lived and died for India, ‘Sacred Games’ can’t change that, says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress president wrote on Twitter that his father and former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, “lived and died” for the country and no fictional series can change that,

india Updated: Jul 14, 2018 19:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi broke his silence on the row involving Netflix series Sacred Games. (File Photo)

Breaking silence on complaints of Netflix series Sacred Games ‘insulting’ former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday he believed in freedom of expression.

The Congress president wrote on Twitter that his father and former PM, Rajiv Gandhi, “lived and died” for the country and no fictional series can change that.

“BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right... My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that,” he said.

A petition was filed in the Delhi high court on Wednesday seeking the removal of certain content from Sacred Games, a web series by over-the-top media services provider Netflix, on the grounds of insulting former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

A day before, a Congress activist in West Bengal had also filed a police complaint against actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Netflix and the makers of Sacred Games for allegedly “insulting and abusing” Rajiv Gandhi.

The series is based on author Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name. It has been directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.

First Published: Jul 14, 2018 19:47 IST