Mumbai: In a recently released video, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has expressed concern over the increasing intolerance in the country. He said 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.
Referring to the Bulandshahr violence where a policeman lost his life to mob fury over alleged cow slaughter, Shah said, “We have seen how a cow’s death is given more importance than that of a cop.” He said that these circumstances have him worry about his children.
In the two-minute video, speaking about his own household, Shah said theirs was an inter-faith marriage; his wife Ratna is a Hindu. So, their children weren’t taught about religion. He said it bothered him now, that if his children were accosted by a mob and asked about their religion, they wouldn’t have a direct answer. “Because they don’t have a religion.”
He said, “Goodness and evil have nothing to do with religion…I taught them a few aayats of Quran because I think that improves one’s pronunciation.” He added that he doesn’t see things improving anytime soon. “Every right-thinking person should get angry and not scared…this is our home, we cannot be evicted.”
Shah, who is known for calling a spade a spade, recently spoke out against ace cricketer Virat Kohli by calling him “the world’s worst-behaved player” in a Facebook post. “Virat K is not only the worlds best batsman but also the worlds worst behaved player. His cricketing brilliance pales beside his arrogance and bad manners.. And I have no intention of leaving the country by the way,” he wrote.