Ali Akbar

Ali Akbar, a Malayali filmmaker, condemns the ‘jubilation’ over the death of CDS Bipin Rawat

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An anti-Islamic social media campaign led by Malayali director Ali Akbar claims that the Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika, and 11 other service members were mocked by putting happy emojis to news accounts of a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu. In a social media video, the filmmakers said: “From now on, I will no longer identify as a Muslim. I’m an Indian citizen.”

“Today, I am throwing away an attire I received by birth,” the politician-turned-filmmaker added.

According to reports, in the Hindu identity he has chosen, Ali Akbar would be known as Ramasimhan. As for his two daughters stated that he would not compel them to convert but that it would be their decision. He added that Bipin Rawat’s death has pained him because no religious leaders have spoken out against the “jubilation” on social media.

On Wednesday, an IAF chopper carrying CDS Bipin Rawat and 13 other crew members crashed, killing all 13 aboard. The only survivor of the helicopter crash is group captain Varun Singh. An investigation into the tragedy has been ordered as the country mourns and bids farewell to its fallen heroes. In the meantime, the Indian Air Force has encouraged people not to speculate about the cause of the crash. Minister Basavaraj Bommai of Karnataka stated Friday that he has directed the state police to act immediately against derogatory posts concerning the chopper tragedy involving Gen. Rawat.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami of Uttarakhand made a similar warning, saying, “We hold our soldiers with the utmost regard. The memory of the late General Bipin Rawat, Uttarakhand’s former Chief of Defence Staff, will live on. Our administration will take strict legal action against anyone who makes a disrespectful statement about any deceased military soldiers on social media or elsewhere.”

Ali Akbar resigned from the BJP in October because he was “pained” by the Kerala unit’s “organisational level action” against AK Nazeer, the BJP state secretary in Kerala. On the other hand, Akbar has stated that he will remain a BJP member. He wrote in a heartfelt Facebook post, a Muslim working for the BJP was subjected to a barrage of taunts and humiliation from members of his own family and community. The filmmaker is presently working on a film about the 1921 Malabar rebellion, also known as the Moplah riot, in north Kerala.