Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on Wednesday said that if women in the country want, they can enter Sabarimala, the famous shrine in Kerala where women of reproductive age are banned from entering.
"Indian women are strong and they can go to Sabarimala, if they want. That's what Mahatma Gandhi taught us. He didn't pick up any weapon, but walked to the place where he was told not to go. If our woman have the will, they can go anywhere," Hussain said ahead of a performance at Nishagandhi auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram, reports The Times of India.
Talking about the raging intolerance debate in the country, he said he believed that India is a very tolerant country, “Maybe it is important for some politicians to magnify the intolerance issue because they honestly believe that there is a problem, but I do not believe so. I’m a Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Buddhist because I’m an Indian. For me to think otherwise is totally wrong. For our government to think otherwise is wrong,” reports The Hindu.
Just this last Monday, in an interview with The Times of India, Hussain had said how proud he feels to be an Indian. "India is a tolerant nation... I am proud to be an Indian. My wife is an American. I can get an American passport – I never went for it... No priest or mullah prevented me from doing what I did – I was welcomed into every house of God and i felt blessed in each place," he said.