The communal agenda beneath the 'developmental face' of BJP is coming out to the fore at a fast pace. The revival of the idea of 'Love Jihad', and the encroachment into public life through moral policing are glaring examples of the strategies that the Hindutva outfits use for pushing their agenda. An analysis of these two ideas reveal the underlying thread that connects them.

The regressive elements in society use moral policing as a measure to enforce their code of conduct on society as a whole, thereby inhibiting the individual's freedom of expression. The 'Kiss of Love' protest is an innovative gesture to re-capture the common spaces from the regressive elements. This article is an aggregation of public reactions and press statements to the protest.

My friends have been asking about my opinion regarding the "Kiss of Love" protest being organised in Kochi against the increasing incidents of moral policing in Kerala. Hence this note. There would be people who agree or disagree with any particular mode of protest. However, nobody has the right to stop and attack a protest simply because one has problems with the mode of protest. Those who have disagreements are free to have their opinion, but it is impossible to support the view that anything that some people do not agree with has to be disallowed or repressed. And there is no way one can agree with Hindutva Talibanism.