New Delhi: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday reacted to Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah’s statement which led to a controversy and stated that India is the most secure country in the world and “if anyone feels insecure here then it reflects their insecure mentality”.
Slamming Shah over his statement, Javadekar said, “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.”
Naseeruddin Shah recently commented on the Bulandshahr violence incident that went viral on the social media. (Also Read: Take Care of Your Own Country, we Know How to Handle Our Issues: Naseeruddin Shah Snubs Pak PM)
“At many places, the death of a cow is being given more importance than the killing of a policeman. 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,” he said in the video.
Shah later clarified his remark saying, “I have made the statement as a worried Indian and 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.
Earlier today, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that India is the most tolerant country in this world. Talking to reporters, Singh 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.”