1. Naseeruddin Shah on polarisation: Muslims in India must stop feeling victimised, persecuted

Naseeruddin Shah on polarisation: Muslims in India must stop feeling victimised, persecuted

Veteran Bollywood and stage actor Naseeruddin Shah wrote at length on the issue of polarisation in the country and the need for Muslims to get over the feeling of being victimised.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 2, 2017 11:20 AM
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Veteran Bollywood and stage actor Naseeruddin Shah wrote at length on the issue of polarisation in the country and the need for Muslims to get over the feeling of being victimised. “It seems essential for Muslims in India to get over the feeling of victimisation they are in now; it is a trap all too easy to stumble into – we must determine to stop feeling persecuted, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding; we must stop hoping for salvation from somewhere and take matters into our own hands – not least of all to take pride in our Indian-ness and assert our claim on our country,” he wrote in a heartfelt column in the Hindustan Times.

Shah talked about his marriage with fellow actor Ratna Pathak Shah who is a Hindu and the challenges they faced as a couple. “My wife Ratna is Hindu, and we were married much before the term ‘love jihad’ was coined and acted upon. She and I both have no more than a ritualistic connection with our respective religions. Eid and Diwali are joyous occasions for us and we celebrate both with equal gusto – so our disparate religious upbringings didn’t merit a thought,” he wrote.

Known for his brilliant acting in films like ‘A Wednesday’ and “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’, Shah revealed that filling the religion column of his children was the trickiest thing for him to do. As a result, Shah and his wife decided to leave the choice with their children. “Religion never played a major part in my life anyway and my attempts to be what was called a ‘true Muslim’ ended when I was about twenty. I abandoned religion then and have never felt the need for it; Richard Dawkin‘s statement that religion has ‘nothing whatever to do with goodness’ does not need any verification when one looks at what’s happening everywhere in the name of religion.”

The piece was a part of the Being Muslim Now series, in which Shah also wrote about labelling Muslims as outsiders. “The visible increase in the sight of saffron scarves and tilaks, as well as on the other side beards, hijabs and topis in a country where barely ten years ago in most states (Maharashtra, Bengal, Kerala to name only three) Hindus were indistinguishable from Muslims, is cause for apprehension but this assertion of the club you belong to and the waving of its flag was waiting to happen,” he added.

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    KK
    Jun 2, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    Dear Naseer, please go to certain pockets in Kerala and Tamil nadu whre the muslims are more than 70percent majority. Check whats happening in places like Mallapuram. There, Hindus who are in minority cannot even sell their property to Hindus but are forced to sell to muslims ! They are not able to celebrate their festivals with peace ! Its no surprise that you speak the language all well known to the majority and which has been the STANDARD PSEUDO-SECULAR LINE for these 70yrs. So, before you talk of cution and victimisation, you ought to check ground facts.Muslims have been the most appease community at the cost of majority Hindus, by all political parties, especially those which were highly influenced by communism and western thinking. Before that mwhen mughals ruled, they destro around 40000 temples and built mosques on them, especially making sure that most important places like Ayodhya where Babri masjid stands, Mathura and Kashi, ,..most holy Hindu places.
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      Rameswar Pattanayak
      Jun 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm
      Yes Mr. Shah. This ertiveness is the need of the hour not the freedom of nuisance to annoy others. Muslims chose to remain in India despite voting overwhelmingly for creation of stan. Indians allowed them to stay back unlike in stan where Hindus were driven out forcibly. Keeping this in mind and remaining obliged to India will certainly bring out the best in any mussalman of India.
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        Annonymous
        Jun 2, 2017 at 11:36 am
        Unless we are true humans, we cannot be true Muslims or true Hindus.
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