Controversies linked to the Amazon web series Tandav seems to be far from dying. With the recent FIR registered against the series in Uttar Pradesh by a politician, things are only getting bitter. Tandav has enthused controversy for its alleged Hinduphobic content that includes derogatory remarks against Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Now, an email by Amit Malviya, National Head – Information & Technology, BJP, from September has surfaced that only makes matters worse. The email was written to Senior Vice President and Country Manager of Amazon India, in September 2020. The email alleged that certain officials in Amazon India’s office are permitting politically and religiously sensitive content on the platform.
He said, “I understand that creative liberties and artistic freedom are important when it comes to expressions across mediums, but there is a discernible trend in the kind of content that is being pushed on Amazon Prime. While one would like to think of it as creative pursuits but a considered view prompts us to believe that it may have more to do with professionals incharge of commissioning content on the platform.”
Referring to a media report on Aparna Purohit, the creative head at Amazon Prime Video, India, Malviya said, “It is quite disconcerting that a global platform like Amazon Prime would allow its ideologically motivated employees to run such vicious programming, which is not just unidimensional but also bruises sensibilities of millions of Indians.”
The report was a comprehension of Aparna Purohit’s political and ideological leanings that is visible in her social media posts.