He came under cyber attack for openly expressing his views on the issue
Among many actors and politicians who came out in support of Lakshadweep, actor Prithviraj Sukumaran was one of the first to openly express his concern and request for help from concerned authorities, the actor had written, “….What I do know for sure though, is that none of the islanders I know, or none of those who’ve spoken to me are happy with what’s happening. I strongly believe that any law, reform or amendment should never be for the land, but for the people of the land. It’s never the geographical or political boundary that makes a country, state or a union territory but the people who live there. How does disrupting the way of life of a centuries old peaceful settlement become an acceptable means of progress? How will threatening the balance of a very delicate island ecosystem with no regard for the potential consequences pave the way for sustainable development?
I have faith in our system, and even more faith in our people. When an entire community is unhappy with decisions taken by a nominated authority, upon whose posting the people there had no say, and they vociferously bring it to the attention of the world and their government, I would like to think there is no way other than act on it.
So please, to whomsoever it may concern, do listen to the voice of the people of Lakshadweep, trust them to know what is better for their land. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth, with even more beautiful people living there.”
But he came under cyber attack for his post and it has been reported that GK Suresh Babu, Janam TV Chief Editor gave the comment a communal angle by stating that, ‘Prithviraj tears up for Jihadis’! Many from the film fraternity have come out in support of Prithviraj saying that everyone has the freedom to express his or her opinion. Actor Aju Varghese said, “When one speaks with clarity, slander is not the answer. Let controversies be kept away and let there be dialogue.” Meanwhile the Kerala Assembly is likely to pass a joint resolution to support Lakshadweep.