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Javed Akhtar warned over his RSS, Taliban comment, BJP demands apologises

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: Protest against Javed Akhtar called by BJP MLA Ram Kadam on Saturday after the lyricist-screenwriter drew a parallel between the Taliban and right-wing organisations in India. Retaliating to Akhtar’s remarks, the BJP MLA, in video on Twitter said that no film of Javed Akhtar will be screened in India until he apologises with folded hands. He also said that people connected to the Sangh Parivar are governing the country.

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“If Taliban’s ideology existed here, could he have made such statements? The answer to this question shows how hollow his [Akhtar’s] remarks are,” the MLA said.

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“Until he apologises to the members of the Sangh with folded hands, we won’t allow any of his films to be screened in the land of Ma Bharti,” Kadam added.

On Friday, giving an interview to a leading media, the 76-year-old writer had said that it is time for supporters of the VHP and the RSS to introspect. “I think people who support organisations like the RSS, VHP or Bajrang Dal need to do some introspection. Of course, Taliban are reprehensible… they are barbarians. But the people whom you are supporting, how are they different from them [the Taliban],” he said.

During the 25-minute conversation, Akhtar said some people in India want segregation in society and that he saw an “uncanny resemblance” between the Taliban and people “who want to be like Taliban”.

The BJP MLA also urged the Maharashtra government to file a case against Akhtar, and that today at 12 noon they would go to Ghatkopar Chiragnagar police station and protest. 

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