Veteran actor, Naseeruddin Shah, on Friday faced merciless criticism for his cow slaughter comments, over the Bulandshahar Violence.
Mr. Shah commented, “There is complete impunity for those who take the law into their own hands. In many regions we are witnessing that the death of a cow has more significance than that of a police officer.”
He further showed his concern about his kids and said, he is worried for his children’s safety in today’s Indian society, which is spreading poison over cast and religion.
These comments of Mr. Shah went viral and drew criticism from people some going so far as to term him a ‘traitor.’ The right wing organization, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, gathered at the Ajmer Literature Festival venue, where Mr. Shah was to inaugurate the event, to protest. The protesters burnt the posters and demanded an apology from Mr. Shah over his remarks.
Ras Bihari Gaur, organiser of the event said, “We alerted the police after protests since morning. But the protesters managed to enter the festival venue just before the scheduled inaugural to disrupt the event. We were forced to call Shah and request him not to come to the venue.”
The controversy didn’t end there, he was even asked to leave the nation, if he feels scared.
Amit Jani, President, Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena (UPNS) also took a dig at Naseeruddin Shah’s comment and said, “If Naseeruddin Shah feels scared in India, he can go to Pakistan. The UPNS (Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena) has booked a air ticket for him to Pakistan for the 14th of August .” He further said, “Like him, if anybody else feels scared, the UPNS will also book air tickets for them to Pakistan.”
Mr. Shah , addressed the media and said, “What I said earlier was as a worried Indian. I have said this earlier as well. What did I say this time that I am being called a traitor? It is very strange,” In addition he said, “I have to bear criticism. If they have the right to criticise, then I also have the same right. I am expressing concerns about the country I love, the country that is my home. How is that a crime?”
— Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) December 22, 2018