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Mata Amritanandamayi supporters call Mammooty ‘communal’

Kochi, May 12 (): Mata Amritanandamayi supporters have started a poster war in the city against actor Mammooty for telecasting an interview of ex-devotee in Kairali channel.

Mammooty is the Chairman of Kairali group of channels. An online portal posted pictures of the posters that sprung up in Ernakulam city, where the actor resides. The posters show Mammooty in a Muslim dress, praying. It says ‘Know Mammooty’s communalism. He has defamed Mata Amritanandamayi. Has hurt Hindu sentiments’. The posters are pasted in Kaloor junction and near media houses like Mathrubhumi and Deshabhimani.

Sources say that Mammooty fans’ association has started removing these posters. Dharmaraksha Vedi had alleged that the transcript of the author Gail’s interview to Kairali in which she levelled more charges against Mata Amritanandamayi was allowed to be published in book form by Mammooty.

DC Books, a reputed publishing firm was under attack for publishing the book. Mata Amritanandamayi’s over zealous supporters stoned the house of the publisher and the store in Kottayam. Later, a court order has banned the sale of the book for three months.

The issue around Mata Amritanandamayi had almost died down. The State Government’s statement said that it cannot proceed against Mata Amritanandamayi without evidence and based on this, the Supreme Court rejected a case pleading for police action against the ashram based on the allegations in the book, had closed the issue. The author did not give any evidences to support her version of the goings-on in the ashram of Mata Amritanandamayi.

Hindu organizations had rallied behind Mata Amritanandamayi. A Hindu religious leader having his own interpretation of Hindu scriptures chose to air the charges against Mata in his discourse. Here again zealous Mata Amritanandamayi supporters roughed him up.

Kairali channel is owned by CPM. John Brittas who is the editor whose interviews in JB junction show is popular as he shoots hard-hitting questions. John went all the way to Hawaii to record an interview with Gail about her so-called harrowing experiences in the ashram. The revelation that came almost ten years after her departure from the ashram puts a question mark on her claims.

meanwhile, Mammooty has not reacted to the posters. Amrita TV run by Mata Amritanandamayi’s devotees had panned his recent movie. The channel’s creative head Shyama Prasad is an acclaimed movie director and has directed Mammooty. Prasad’s father is O Rajagopal ex-Union Minister and now a candidate in the capital city pitted against Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor.