‘If You Don’t Worship Modi-ji, Then You’re Not A True Hindu’: Javed Akhtar
In a Karwan-e-Mohabbat video, the lyricist says minorities are identified with the worst people of the community.
These slaves will now dance to the beats of their master
in such a way that all the monuments of thoughts
and all the glass houses of emotions will shatter.
Political activist, poet, lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, in the latest edition of Tathya — Karwan-e-Mohabbat’s video series — talks about the politics of identity. He says, “Minorities always have certain identities. Majority doesn’t need identity. Majority communities are identified with the best of their community. And minority communities are identified with the worst people of the community.”
In the video titled “We are All a Collage of Identities”, Akhtar says, “If out of 15 crore people, 10 or 15 people turn extremist or mad, it doesn’t make the entire community responsible. You’ll find crazy people in all communities. To impose their burden on the rest is wrong in every way. It is unfair. It is wrong to even try to defend oneself because this accusation itself is false.”
He expounds that no one has just one identity, adding that fundamentalist would have people believe that one’s basic identity is the most important thing. He notes that politics has entered religion and religion has entered politics. Mocking the present Hindutva-right and nationalistic ecosystem, Akhtar says, “Just like in Islam you have to accept the word of a Wali, Caliph or Prophet, now if you don’t worship Modi-ji, then you’re not a true Hindu.”