A Cow’s Death Has More Significance Than That of a Police Officer, I Worry for My Children: Naseeruddin Shah (Watch)
Speaking to Karwan-e-Mohabbat, the veteran actor said, "...every right-thinking person should feel angry, not scared."
“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,” says veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, adding that “..the death of a cow has more significance than that of a police officer,” referring to the December 3 violence in Bulandshahr where inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed by a violent mob.
Shah was talking to Karwan-e-Mohabbat — a civil society initiative for peace and justice led by of activists, writers and journalists — as part of an interview series, Tathya.
Shah says that he worries for his children. “Because they don’t have a religion.” He explains 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.
Shah explains his anxiety, “Because tomorrow is a mob surrounds them (Shah’s children), and asks, “Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?”, they will have no answer,” adding that he does not see the situation improving anytime soon either.
However, Shah says that instead of feeling scared, he feels angry at the current situation, “These matters don’t scare me, they make me angry. And I want that every right-thinking person should feel angry, not scared,”
He adds, “This is our home. Who dares to evict us from here?”