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Countless Patriotic Indians Are Saying What Naseeruddin Shah Said: Pritish Nandy

The filmmaker and former Rajya Sabha MP added, “This is our India and we will not allow it to be destroyed.”

Filmmaker and former Rajya Sabha member Pritish Nandy took to Twitter to express his support for Naseeruddin Shah. Nandy wrote, “I don’t understand this outrage over what Naseeruddin Shah has said. There are countless patriotic Indians saying the same thing. We will not be intimidated by the bhakts. This is our India and we will not allow it to be destroyed.”

Shah has been at the receiving end of a lot of vitriol and outrage over the last few days. It all started when Shah spoke to Karwan-e-Mohabbat, a civil society initiative for peace and justice led by of activists, writers and journalists, about the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr. He had said, “The poison has already spread. It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle. There is complete impunity for those who take the law into their own heads… the death of a cow has more significance than that of a police officer.

Shah had also expressed his concerns about rising communal disharmony in India, adding that he worries for his children. “Because they don’t have a religion.” He explained that while he had received religious education as a child, his wife, actor Ratna Pathak Shah hadn’t, and the couple decided to raise their children without any religious education. “Because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them (Shah’s children), and asks, ‘Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?’, they will have no answer.”

Shah’s comments have offended the right-wing which indulged in name-calling and labelled Shah a ‘traitor’.

Earlier, actor Ashutosh Rana had also backed Shah. “Everyone has the right to share his/her views. If someone speaks his mind in the country, does that mean there should be a social trial? We should seriously listen to him/her instead, he had said.

Also read: I’m Expressing Concerns About Country I Love. How Is That A Crime?: Naseeruddin Shah Responds to Right-wing Trolls

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