Javed Akhtar, Naseeruddin Shah Gets Citizens’ Support

In a signed statement, they said, "We, the undersigned, unequivocally support the recent interview given by Javed Akhtar to the media in the context of the Taliban's return to power in Afghanistan.

New Delhi: Over 150 citizens from different walks of life have condemned the hounding of prominent Bollywood personalities Javed Akhtar and Naseeruddin Shah.

In a signed statement, they said, “We, the undersigned, unequivocally support the recent interview given by author and poet Javed Akhtar to the media in the context of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan.

“We strongly condemn the attempts to intimidate him and affirm his right to speak his views. We strongly disagree with those in the Sangh Parivar, led by a BJP MLA and other elements from the same wider parivar, who have objected to the understanding of right wing supremacists, be it of the Muslim or Hindu kind,” they said.

They mentioned that in an interview to a news channel, Akhtar had spoken with clarity and passion.

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“We agree with his statement that irrespective of the religion in whose name they claim to speak, right-wingers — be they Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christians — share a common majoritarian world-view,” the statement said.

They further mentioned that this is particularly evident when it comes to their views on the status of Afghan women in the family and in the society. (IANS)

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