New Delhi: Amid ongoing row over Naseeruddin Shah’s remark on rising mob violence in the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that India is the most tolerant country in this world. Talking to reporters, Rajnath said, “Nobody has to fear about intolerance in this country. India is the most tolerant country in this world.”
Singh further said, “India is the only country where people of all religions live together peacefully. There are 72 sects in Islam, all of them are found here, not even the Islamic countries have all. There’s no question of intolerance in the country.”
Notably, the acclaimed Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah is facing criticism for his remarks on the spate of mob lynching cases in India following the killing of a policeman in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district earlier this month.
Earlier on Saturday, while addressing an event to highlight the 100-day achievements of the Punjab government in Lahore, Khan had said, ”We will show the Modi government how to treat minorities…Even in India, people are saying that minorities are not being treated as equal citizens.”
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher also took a jibe at Shah over his remark. “There’s so much freedom in the country that you can abuse the army, badmouth the air chief and pelt stones at the soldiers. How much more freedom do you need in a country? He said what he felt like, it doesn’t mean it’s the truth,” he said.
Recently, a video was released in which Shah had said that the djinn of intolerance was now out and there was no way of putting it back in the bottle. He said the poison is all-pervasive and now everyone has the freedom to go right ahead and do as they please.
In a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, the veteran actor said the death of a cow was being given importance over the killing of a policeman in India. He said the “poison has already spread” and it will be now difficult to contain it.
“It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands…I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, ‘Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?’ they will have no answer. It worries me that I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon,” Shah added.