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Naseeruddin Shah: Modi’s contempt for students, intellectuals hardly surprising

  • Published at 10:39 am January 23rd, 2020
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In an exclusive interview to The Wire, Bollywood legend Naseeruddin Shah said never in his life has he felt that being a Muslim was a handicap

Expressing raised serious concern over the massive nationwide protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah has said termed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s contempt for students and intellectuals was hardly surprising.

“Never having been a student himself, the prime minister lacks empathy and compassion towards them,” he said during an exclusive interview to The Wire this week.

“It is astonishing and bewildering. The prime minister himself follows hate spewers on Twitter,” he added

Talking to The Wire, he said: “If living 70 years here and doing whatever I could, does not prove me to be in India, I don’t know what does. About the present circumstances, I am not afraid, I am not anxious, I am angry.”

Naseeruddin also spoke on the rise of communalism and why the big names of the film industry have kept silent over the situation.

He, however, expressed optimism on the India’s youth which has raised a strong voice against injustice.

“The rise of India’s young against the current dispensation is amazing. Even in the film industry, the younger actors and directors have risen against this law, Shah said.

On the silence of the big Bollywood stars, he said, “silence of big-name stars is not surprising. They feel they have a lot to lose. But even Deepika Padukone has a lot to lose and she did come out in public to show her solidarity.”

Apparently, with a pang in his heart, Naseeruddin Shah revealed to The Wire never in his life has he felt that being a Muslim was a handicap. But now he is reminded of that identity all the time, which is very worrying.