Naseeruddin Shah has once again drawn himself into a controversy by appearing in a video released by the human rights organisation-Amnesty India.
In the video shared by the human rights organisation Shah is seen saying, “In the name of religion, walls of hate are being built. Innocents are being killed. The country is being filled with a horrific hatred and cruelty”.
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
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“Those who fight for justice, human rights and raise their voices against corruption are in fact protecting our Constitutional rights. But now, those who are fighting for our rights are being locked up in jails. Artists, actors, scholars and poets, all are being stifled. Journalists too, are being silenced”, added Shah.
This was with reference to the government’s breakdown with the NGO’s last year.
He further said, “From the beginning, the Constitution’s core values aimed at ensuring social, economic and political justice for all Indian citizens. It provided for everyone to have liberty of thought, expression, faith and worship and for everyone to be treated equally.”
Last year, the Maharashtra Police arrested prominent activists and poets including Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha, which lead to a huge controversy when the opposition was of the view that this was an attempt to supress the voices of dissent.
Shah said, “Those who stand against this injustice are having their offices raided, their licenses cancelled, their bank accounts frozen, their voices silenced, only so that they are deterred from telling the truth”.
He further asks, “Is this where our Constitution is headed?”