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Kaali Controversy: Canada’s Museum Apologizes For Causing Offense

Amid the kaali controversy created over the poster of a documentary film by Leena Manimekalai, the Aga Khan Museum of Canada has apologized for offending the Hindu Community. The poster of the documentary film showed Goddess Kaali smoking and also had a pride flag(symbol of the LGBTQ community).

Kaali Controversy: What all happened till now?

Kaali poster controversy

Toronto-based filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s directed documentary had a poster in which the Goddess Kaali was seen smoking and was also holding a pride month flag in her hand. The poster went viral across social media and the filmmaker was blamed for hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindu Community. Users from the Hindu community demanded strict action against the filmmaker and asked to remove such content.#ArrestLeenaManimekal has been trending on Twitter after this controversy.

Indian High Commission Urged The Removal of Poster

The Indian High Commission in Canada issued a statement over Kaali controversy on Monday. They urged authorities to remove “all such provocative material”.” disrespectful depiction of Hindu Gods on the poster of a film showcased as part of the ‘Under the Tent project at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto., “We are also informed that several Hindu groups have approached authorities in Canada to take action. We urge the Canadian authorities and the event organizers to withdraw all such provocative material,” said the statement.

Canada Museum Issues Apology

“Toronto Metropolitan University’s project presentation was hosted at the Aga Khan Museum in the context of the Museum’s mission to foster intercultural understanding and dialogue through the arts. Respect for diverse religious expressions and faith communities forms an integral part of that mission,” says the statement issued by the Aga Khan Museum.”The Museum deeply regrets that one of the 18 short videos from ‘Under the Tent’ and its accompanying social media post have inadvertently caused offense to members of the Hindu and other faith communities,”, the statement further read. On the other hand, police complaints have been filed against the filmmaker. Leena has urged people to watch the film first before reacting to the poster.

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