Naseeruddin Shah Says, ‘He Fears His Children Living In Today’s India’.
Actor Naseeruddin Shah has been passing strong statements since a few days. Recently, he said that he is worried about his children in today’s India.
He says that he is worried for his children because they will not have an answer if a mob surrounds them and asks them, whether they are Hindu or Muslim, because they have a non-religious opening.
“My children will have no answer,” Naseeruddin Shah says, “Because we chose not to give a religious education to our children.”
“There is a ‘poison’ that has spread in the Indian society. It will be very difficult to capture this djinn [genie] back into the bottle,” he added.
Shah passed all the statements due to an incident that happened recently. The Bulandshahr violence in which a police officer was killed by a mob. The violence was sparked by the discovery of cow carcasses. The Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested three people in connection with the cow slaughter, yet the policeman’s killers remain free. Referring to the incident, he said,
“There is complete impunity for those who take the law into their own hands. We have already witnessed that the death of a cow has more significance [in today’s India] than that of a police officer.”
Naseeruddin Shah’s comments were put online by Karwan-e-Mohabbat India (Caravan of Love), a travelling activist collective that is focussed on highlight and combating instances of hate crimes and lynching. A Youtube video was shared by their channel. Here it is…
“I was given a religious education…But Ratna [Pathak Shah, Naseeruddin’s wife] did not get any religious education…[And] we chose not to give a religious education to our children,” says Naseeruddin.
“So I fear for my children…Because if a mob gathers around them and asks them are you a Hindu or Muslim, they will not have any answer…Because they have no religion,” he added.
Two Bollywood actors Richa Chadha and Swara Bhaskar supported the actor on his statement by posting on their Twitter handle. Check it out!