Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar, who is thought for his liberal and progressive ideas, lauded the Hindu neighborhood, saying that “democracy exists in India due to Hindu tradition and custom”. The poet made the assertion whereas talking at a Deepotsav programme organised by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray in Mumbai.
‘Hindus are beneficiant and large-hearted’
Akhtar additionally expressed concern over the rising intolerance in society. He underlined that whereas there have at all times been some illiberal people, Hindus, as a neighborhood, are typically seen as having a beautiful high quality of being benevolent and open-hearted. He pressured the significance of preserving this high quality and never adopting the intolerance that some others might show. Furthermore, he asserted that Indians have discovered from Hindus’ way of life and nobody can go away that.
‘Proud to be born within the land of Ram and Sita’
Javed Akhtar, who calls himself an atheist, additionally asserted that he was proud to have been born within the land of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita.
Moreover, he raised ‘Jai Siya Ram’ slogan on the occasion and stated that ‘Ramayan is India’s cultural heritage’. He additionally cited an instance of Bollywood cult film ‘Sholay’ and stated that if the movie was launched at this time, there would probably be an enormous controversy over the dialogues by Hema Malini and Dharmendra contained in the temple.
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