Prakash Javadekar dismisses Naseeruddin Shah's comment on Bulandshahr violence, says it reflects 'insecure mentality'

Naseeruddin Shah's comments on Bulandshahr incident surfaced in a video on social media. He said, 'I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, 'Are you a Hindu or a Muslim' they will have no answer.'

Asian News International December 23, 2018 23:51:39 IST
Prakash Javadekar dismisses Naseeruddin Shah's comment on Bulandshahr violence, says it reflects 'insecure mentality'

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Raking up the controversy over Naseeruddin Shah's recent Bulandshahr statement, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said India is the most secure country in the world while adding that "if anyone feels insecure here then it reflects their insecure mentality".

Prakash Javadekar dismisses Naseeruddin Shahs comment on Bulandshahr violence says it reflects insecure mentality

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Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. PTI

Speaking to ANI, Javadekar said, "If anyone feels insecure in the most secure country then it reflects their insecure mentality. The truth is people of this country irrespective of their caste or religion have the freedom to express their views. Therefore, I believe such an accusation is not appropriate."

Recently, Naseeruddin Shah's comments on Bulandshahr violence incident in a video surfaced on the social media.

"At many places, the death of a cow is being given more importance than the killing of a policeman. I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, 'Are you a Hindu or a Muslim' they will have no answer. It worries me that I don't see the situation improving anytime soon," he said in the video.

However, Shah later clarified his remarks saying, "I have made the statement as a worried Indian and I have previously also done so. I don't know for what reason I am being branded as a traitor."

On 3 December, a police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a civilian identified as Sumit were killed after violence broke out in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr over rumour of cow slaughter.

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