Fear for my children in India, Naseeruddin Shah’s comment draws flak

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah’s recent comment on the present situation of the country creates controversy.

Naseeruddin Shah says that he is worried for his children in today's India because they have no religion.  He said that if his children were surrounded by an angry mob and asked: "Are you Hindu or Muslim?"

"My children will have no answer," Naseeruddin Shah says, "Because we chose not to give a religious education to our children."

Naseeruddin Shah also says that there is a "poison" that has spread in the Indian society. "It will be very difficult to capture this djinn [genie] back into the bottle."

"There is complete impunity for those who take the law into their own hands," Naseeruddin says. "We have already witnessed that the death of a cow has more significance [in today's India] than that of a police officer."

He answered this question referring to the recent Bulandshahr violence in which a police officer was killed by a mob. The violence took place on finding cow carcasses.

"I was given a religious education...But Ratna [Pathak Shah, Naseeruddin's wife] did not get any religious education...[And] we chose not to give a religious education to our children," Naseeruddin says.

"I am angry and I believe every right-thinking man must be angry and must not fear”, he concluded.

Undoubtedly, Naseer’s comment draws criticism from political quarter.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant called Naseeruddin's statement "a blunder" and said that he "deplores" the actor's comments.

"If his kids are caught in a mob they should say they are Hindustani (Indians) Why are they scared?" Sawant questioned.

Naseeruddin Shah's statement shows his low thinking

Rajya Sabha MP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Rakesh Sinha too reacted to Naseeruddin Shah's comments.

"Nasiruddin Shah [sic] should first ask Rohingyas to leave Hindustan as according to him India is unsafe for him and his family," Sinha said in a tweet before suggesting that Shah was becoming part of a "sinister design of anti cil [civil] society propaganda".

"His statement shows his low thinking," Sinha also said.