Taking a dig at Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah said that someone who never lived in Kashmir has started talking for Kasnmiri Pandits. “A person who has never lived in Kashmir has started a fight for Kashmiri Pandits. Suddenly, he became a displaced person,” Shah said.
In a promotion event of his new movie ‘Waiting,’ three time national award winner also said that he is worried about the new alterations made in the text books in some states.
Meantime, Shah’s co-star in ‘A Wednesday’ Anupam Kher came with a quick reaction to the statement on twitter.”Shah Saab ki Jai Ho. By that logic NRI’s should not think about India at all,” he tweeted.
Kher, who himself is a Kashmiri Pandit, had advocated for the rights of 62,000 Kashmiri pandits who were displaced from their birth place. The Padma Bhushan award winner had also pressed for the passage of the Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places (Management and Regulation) Bill, which is called ‘temple bill.
Shah Saab ki Jai Ho. By that logic NRI’s should not think about India at all.:) Naseeruddin Shah on Anupam Kher https://t.co/UtQrtZ66we
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) May 27, 2016
Sharing his views upon current issues with media persons in the eve of Modi government’s second year celebrations, Shah also said that apart from making perceptions, citizen of the nation should give more time to it. He said government is not stupid to take the country to the ‘dark ages.’
“People are taking decisions and making perceptions too fast. I think we should give the government more time. But, there are few things which make me concerned, like the kind of alterations in the text books those are the things to worry about,” Shah said.
“I believe the people in the government are not stupid to understand the choices in front of them, either to build a modern India or to take us back into the dark ages. I think they are not stupid to take the second choice,” the 66-year-old actor stated.
He also extended his support to the well-known lyricist Javed Akhtar’s take on Asaduddin Owaisi row in the parliament upon chanting “Vande Mataram” and “Bharat mata ki jai.”
“Like Javed sahab said, ‘it is his right to say ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat mata ki jai’. I will say it with my choice not because somebody asks me to.’ I support him. Nobody has a right to question my love for my country,” he said.