New Delhi: Referring to Naseeruddin Shah’s recent remarks on Bulandshahr violence, Union Minister Uma Bharti on Monday said that some people are playing divisive politics in the country and they will soon be taught a strong lesson. 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 earlier this month.
“There is a conspiracy going on in the country right now and Naseeruddin Shah’s remarks are part of the same conspiracy. Some people are playing divisive politics and we will give them a befitting reply soon,” a leading portal 18 quoted Bharti as saying.
Besides Bharti, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also slammed Shah and asked him to go where he feel safe. “To say you feel scared in the country you live is not right. Naseeruddin Shah should go where he does not feel scared,” Khattar reportedly said.
Earlier on Sunday, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had lambasted Shah saying, “If anyone feels insecure in the most secure country then it reflects their insecure mentality. The truth is people of this country irrespective of their caste or religion have the freedom to express their views. Therefore, I believe such an accusation is not appropriate.”
How the controversy started?
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.
The actor later clarified his remark saying, “I have made the statement as a worried Indianand I have previously also done so. I don’t know for what reason I am being branded as a traitor.”
On December 3, a police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a civilian identified as Sumit were killed after violence broke out in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr over the rumour of cow slaughter.