Prakash Raj maintains stance on Narendra Modi but clarifies he is not returning National Awards
Renowned actor Prakash Raj has issued a clarification on his remark of returning his five National Awards in protest of journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's subsequent silence on the tragedy.
In a video he shared on Twitter, Raj clarified that his remark of returning the National Awards was in good humour and was blown out of proportion. He added does not intend to do so.
However, he also said that he is firm on his stand of criticising Modi for not speaking a word against all those who are celebrating the murder of journalists like Lankesh.
"We do not know who killed them (slain journalists). But we do know who is celebrating the murders. When you see that the prime minister of the country is following (on Twitter) those who are celebrating the murders, when he is not taking a stand against it, when he has maintained silence on the issue, that silence hurts," said Raj.
He also clarified that his remarks should not be read in a political context. "For me, he (Modi) is not the leader of any other party. I do not belong to any political party. As a citizen of this country, I think I have the right to speak against the silence of my prime minister," he said in the video on his Twitter page.
What's said...n what's not said. For all out there .. thank you pic.twitter.com/zIT7rnkFxb
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) October 2, 2017
The National Award-winning actor made his initial comments on the PM while delivering a speech at the 11th State meet of the Democratic Youth Federation of India, as per The News Minute.
Saying that years of experience has enabled him to recognise when a person's "acting", the actor suggested that Modi is a "bigger actor" than him. He went on to express his desire to give his National awards to 'actors' masquerading as politicians.
While the murder of Gauri Lankesh, who was a vocal critic of right-wing extremism, shocked the nation, the Prime Minister has so far been silent about it.
Offering to give his National Awards to Yogi Adityanath, Raj also criticised the Uttar Pradesh chief minister for his inefficiency. Raj is known to be a close friend of Lankesh.
Watch the video here: