The Loyola College in Chennai has issued an apology on Monday after paintings criticizing Hindutva ideologies and RSS were allowed to be displayed inside the college. The event called the Veethi Virudhu Vizha had attracted strong opposition from BJP and other organisations. The BJP also called for a protest over the issue. An online complaint was lodged by BJP against the organisers of the exhibition.
Paintings with strong subtext critical of the RSS, the BJP government in the Centre and Hindutva ideology were put up at the event.
The college issued apology saying:
"The letter says that it has cherished the plural values and the ethos of the country with equal importance to each constituent member of the family where majority of our brethren are from the largest religious group. We do not advocate our support anything that tantamounts to disturbing the peace and tranquillity of the society that we render our service to.
"We are deeply pained, saddened and equally anguished that the venue to conduct a cultural event, Veethi Virudhu Vizha held on 19th and 20th January has been misused..."
The apology was issued by the Art and Literary unit of the college.
Here is the statement of apology by the college:
However, the BJP has demanded action against the those behind the event. The party has even said that the college had organised the event and is now claiming that the event took place without its knowledge.
Narayan Thirupathy from the BJP said :
"This particular event was organised by the college but they are saying somebody has done it. It is pre-planned. It has been happening for a long time. They have defamed Hindu culture. The police should take action and guilty should be punished.