Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah who earlier made into headlines due to his comment on Viral Kohli and ‘fear in India’, has now jumped into the row again. Actor Naseeruddin Shah said that ‘walls of hatred are being erected in the name of religion in India.’ He also said that those who stand against injustice are punished.
A video of the actor was released by the Amnesty India against alleged government "crackdown" on NGOs in which he can be seen commenting this. In 2.13 minute long video, Naseeruddin Shah said those who demand rights are being locked up.
"Artistes, actors, scholars, poets are all being stifled. Journalists too are being silenced," he said in the video message.
In 2018, India witnessed a massive crackdown on freedom of expression and human rights defenders. Let's stand up for our constitutional values this new year and tell the Indian government that its crackdown must end now. #AbkiBaarManavAdhikaar pic.twitter.com/e7YSIyLAfm— Amnesty India (@AIIndia) January 4, 2019
"In the name of religion, walls of hate are being erected. Innocents are being killed. The country is awash with horrific hatred and cruelty," he claimed.
Shah went ahead and said, that those who stand against the ‘injustice’ gets office raided, licenses cancelled and bank accounts frozen in a move to silence them so that they are deterred from speaking the truth.
"Is this where our country is headed? Had we dreamt of a country where there was no space for dissent, where only the rich and powerful are heard and where the poorest and most vulnerable are oppressed? Where there once was law, there is now only darkness," he said in the video in Urdu.
Earlier, Shah’s remark on ‘fear in the country’ irked a fresh controversy and he was slammed for it. Shah had said he feared for his children that one a mob will surround them and if they’ll ask his religion, what they will say.’ he also stated that here cows life is more important than of a cop.