Naseeruddin Shah suggested to leave India after blunt remarks

01:24 PM | 22 Dec, 2018
Naseeruddin Shah suggested to leave India after blunt remarks
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MUMBAI -  Veteran Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah remarks regarding his children's safety in India have ignited a new debate on Twitter.

The trolls from right-wing supporters on Friday (yesterday) attacked the 68-year- old actor who later clarified his intent saying he made those comments as a “worried Indian” and that he has the right to express concerns about the country he loves.

Shah had earlier voiced his concerns over the growing mob violence in a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, a collaborative civil society initiative against mass violence. The organization had shared the video on its YouTube channel on Monday.

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In the video, Shah said the “poison has already spread” and it will be now difficult to contain it. He added, “the death of a cow has more significant than that of a police officer”, referring to the Bulandshahr violence where a policeman lost his life to mob fury over alleged cow slaughter.

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BJP supporters and right-wing ideologists were quick to dismiss Shah’s comment saying it was politically motivated and aimed to show BJP in a negative light. Many said India ‘is safe and people of all religions are given rights and allowed to peacefully co-exist’. Some even asked Shah to leave India.

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According to Indian newspaper the Times of India, Uttar Pradesh’s Navnirman Sena president Amit Jani called him a “traitor” and even booked a flight ticket to Karachi for the actor.

Photoshopped and edited news articles and edited videos about Naseeruddin Shah soon started circulating on Twitter.

Shah later clarified: “What I said earlier was as a worried Indian. I have said this earlier as well. What did I say this time that I am being called a traitor?... I am expressing concerns about the country I love, the country that is my home. How is that a crime?”

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