The great actor Naseeruddin Shah recently became a part of a controversy with his remark on mob violence and appeared in a video for the Amnesty India alleged government crackdown on NGOs. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Sunday came out in support of Naseeruddin Shah and said that attempts are being made to “disturb” the actor.
Walls of hatred are being erected in the name of religion in India and those who stand against this “injustice” are being punished, actor Naseeruddin Shah on Friday claimed in a video released by the Amnesty India. “Artistes, actors, scholars, poets are all being stifled. Journalists too are being silenced,” he said in the video message.
He also added in Urdu, “Is this where our country is headed? Had we dreamt of a country where there was no space for dissent, where only the rich and powerful are heard and where the poorest and most vulnerable are oppressed? Where there once was law, there is now only darkness.”.
The eighty-five old year economist backs Naseeruddin Khan and says, “We must protest against such attempts to disturb the actor. What is happening (in the country) is objectionable. It should stop.” Amartya Sen also added that there are many other institutions in the country under attack.
He damned the criticism saying that “Losing the ability to tolerate others is a serious cause for concern, it points to the losing of ability to think and analyse.”
Last month, after the killing of a cop in, the 68-year-old actor had said the death of a cow had more significance than that of a police officer in the country and so his visit to a literary fest in December was also canceled following protests by Hindu outfit.