In protest against a government crackdown against the non-governmental organizations, Naseeruddin Shah said that Indians are being divided in the name of religion.
The video was published by the human rights activist organization, Amnesty International, in the wake of Indian government’s recent onslaught on the non-governmental organizations. In that video, the veteran actor slammed the Indian Government for slowly destroying the secular atmosphere of the country.
Naseeruddin said that anyone who is raising their voices against the government is being punished. Even the people who are trying to uphold their rights are being castigated by the government. Nobody, including the actors, poets, and scholars, is being spared. Even journalists, who are supposed to be the fourth column of the democracy, are being stifled brutally.
Remembering the innocent people who were being killed in India, Shah asked whether the countrymen wanted to build such a country, where no dissent is tolerated. Regretting the lawlessness, he said that slowly India is drowning in the darkness.
The Amnesty India published the video under the hashtag #AbkiBaarManavAdhikar. The organization has said that they have witnessed the incursion of the freedom of speech in the country. They also noted the blatant assault against the human rights champions. They urged the general people to stand for their own rights and make the government understand that people possess the ultimate power.
Naseeruddin Shah was always vocal against the religious castigations that the government is silently promoting. Recently he faced huge backlash after saying that he fears for the wellbeing of his children as they do not belong to any religion.
Shah was speaking about the mob violence that flared over rumours of cow slaughter. The violence resulted in the death of two men including UP police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh.