‘Calls for Genocide could lead to Civil War’: Naseeruddin Shah on hate speeches against Muslims by Hindutva leaders

Naseeruddin Shah on hate speeches: Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah believes that those who are calling for genocide of Muslims are actually calling for civil war in the country. In an interview to news portal The Wire, Shah told senior journalist Karan Thapar that he is surprised to see what is happening, perhaps they (religious leaders) do not even know what they are talking about. What are they calling for, it will be like a civil war in a way.

He said that you cannot talk of ending the population of 20 crores like this. He said, that these people are ready to fight because we all belong here, our generations lived here and died here. Shah said adding, “Those who are making such provocative statements probably have no idea what they are talking about. I’m certain that if any such movement begins, it will be met with a massive resistance and a massive amount of anger.”

An angry Bollywood actor said, “This is an attempt to spread fear among Muslims but Muslims should not get caught in it. We must not admit that this is frightening us because if it comes to the crunch, we will fight against it. we will have to fight to protect our homes, lands and family.”

Naseeruddin Shah on hate speeches against Muslims

Questioning the government on this matter, Naseeruddin Shah said that what is happening is a concrete way to make Muslims feel insecure. It starts from the very top, from where Aurangzeb is mentioned. He said that polarisation has become a policy for the ruling party.

When no action was taken against the ‘Dharam Sansad’ accused, he said, “I was excited to know what would happen to these people (those who spread hate speeches), the truth is that nothing happened.” Shah further said, “I am not surprised at all because no action was taken even against the man whose son had trampled the farmers.”

Watch full interview here:

Naseeruddin Shah on hate speeches against Muslims

Let us tell you that in the past, many lawyers of the Supreme Court had written a letter to the CJI appealing to take suo motu cognizance of hate speeches regarding the Parliament of Religions. The letter referred to the Dharma Sansad in Haridwar and the meeting held in Delhi from December 17 to 19 and named nine people against whom action was taken on the basis of videos of provocative speeches.

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