MUMBAI: Award-winning veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah on Thursday says that he is worried for children in today’s India if they were asked about their religion.
The actor in a two-minute-ten-second video said, “I feel worried about my children. They do not have a religion. I had received religious education as a child. Ratna (his wife who is a Hindu) belongs to a liberal household, so she had received none,” he said.
The actor added, “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 because I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon.”
The actor was referring to the recent violence in Bulandshahr where a police officer lost his to mob fury over the discovery of cattle carcasses, he said, “We have already witnessed that the death of a cow has more significance [in today’s India] than that of a police officer,” Shah said.
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He also expressed concerns over the “impunity provided for those who take the law into their hands”. “The poison has already spread and it is difficult to put this jinn back into the bottle,” Naseeruddin says. “There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands,” he said.