In an exclusive interview with India Today, actor Naseeruddin Shah said that comments such as ‘abba jaan’, made by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, are “offensive”.
Actor Naseeruddin Shah was recently in news for his remarks condemning the Indian Muslims celebrating the return of the Taliban. (File photo)
Responding to the ‘abba jaan’ remark made by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has said that such statements are “offensive”.
In an exclusive interview with India Today Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, Naseeruddin Shah said, “The abba jaan statement by the UP CM is beneath contempt and not even worth reacting to.”
“This person (UP CM) is what he is. There is no point reacting to it. But the fact is that this abba jaan statement is a continuation of the hate statements he has been spewing all along,” the actor said.
A video of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath went viral on social media where he could be heard saying that before 2017, only those saying ‘abba jaan’ were getting ration in the state. The video, which was from a public meeting addressed by the chief minister on Sunday, also showed him saying that the “appeasement politics” ended during his tenure in Uttar Pradesh.
Naseeruddin Shah was recently in the news for his remarks condemning Indian Muslims who were celebrating the return of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Asked about the support he received from the Hindu right-wing for his statement, Naseeruddin Shah said, “More Hindus should speak up against the rising right-wing fanaticism in India. It’s time more moderate Hindus speak up against it because it’s going a bit too far now.
Naseeruddin Shah also criticised a Catholic bishop in Kerala for claiming that extremists were trying to “end non-Muslims” by using tactics like ‘love jihad’ and ‘narcotic jihad’.
“I don’t know under whose influence he said that but such statements are made to alienate the society,” Naseeruddin Shah said.
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