South actress Sai Pallavi says there is no difference between a massacre of Kashmiri Pandits and a lynching in the name of a cow. Sai Pallavi’s response was in an interview related to the movie Virata Parvam.
The interviewer was asking about Sai Pallavi’s political stand. Sai Pallavi said that ideologically neither the left nor the right knows which of them is right.
“I grew up in a neutral family where I was taught to be a good human being. I was taught I should protect the ones who are being hurt. The oppressed should be protected. Irrespective of their stature. I have heard about the left-wing and the right-wing. But, we can never surely tell who’s wrong and who’s right,” Sai said.
She went on to add, “The Kashmiri Files showed how Kashmiri Pandits were killed at the time. If you are taking the issue as a religious conflict, recently a Muslim driver, who was transporting cows, was beaten up and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram.’ So where’s the difference between these two incidents? We have to be good human beings. If we are good ones, we won’t hurt others.”
“To answer your question, justice won’t be there either on the side of the right or the left, if you are not a good human being. I’m very neutral. So what I believe is if you are stronger than me, and you are oppressing me, then you are in the wrong. A large number of people oppressing a small group of people is wrong. A battle has to be fought between two equals,” she told Greatandhra.
Sai Pallavi’s controversial opinion has attracted reactions from all sides on social media. While many of them agree with her, others pointed out that one cannot equate a genocide with lynching for ‘cow smuggling’, which is basically a crime.
Sai Pallavi plays the role of ‘Vennella’ in Virada Parvat. Sai Pallavi plays a Naxal who falls in love with a policeman. Rana Dagubatti plays a cop in the movie. The film is directed by Venu Udugula. The film also stars Nandita Das, Priyamani, Zarina Wahab, Ishwari Rao, Sai Chand, Niveda and Naveen Chandra in other important roles.