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'How does criticising the country I love makes me an anti-national,' says Naseeruddin Shah

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 21 December 2018, 15:23 IST
Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah is making headlines for his controversial remarks these days. Four days ago he was in news for criticising Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour for which he faced back lash on social media platforms. Now his latest remark on rising communal sentiment in India have created a stir. In fact he was not wrong in what he said.

Shah speaking to media Yesterday said, “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 that I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon.”

Shah became the target of online trolls as well as right wing groups, with many accusing him of being a traitor and an anti-national.

Shah replying to the trolls on Friday said, “What I said earlier was as a worried Indian. What did I say this time that I am being termed as a traitor? I am expressing concerns about the country I love, the country that is my home. How is that a crime?”


I ask you my readers, How does criticising one’s own country makes someone an anti-national? Itsn’t it a bit too much to attack Naseeruddin Shah for pointing out facts that we as a country are moving backwards and making India a communal state. How can we call someone an anti-national when they have family members who served India in Indian armed forces?

Naseeruddin Shah’s brother Zameer Uddin Shah is a retired Lt. General of the Indian Army and last served as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff and was also the vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. Shah’s father too served in the Indian armed forces after India’s independence.

First published: 21 December 2018, 15:23 IST