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Naseeruddin Shah: I Fear for My Children Because They Have No Religion

Talking about the understanding of religion and society, Naseeruddin Shah stated that he feels scared for his children.


Updated:December 21, 2018, 11:12 AM IST
A recent video of Naseeruddin Shah is getting attention on social media. Talking about the understanding of religion and society, he said that he feels worried about his children.

He said, "Tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, “Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?” they will have no answer. Because they have no religion."

He also talked about the "poison" that has spread in the Indian society. "There is complete impunity for those who take the law into their own hands. We have already witnessed that the death of a cow has more significance (in today's India) than that of a police officer," said Shah.

The video was uploaded by Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, a travelling activist collective that is focused on highlighting and combating instances of hate crimes and mob lynching.

He further talked about the religious education he and his wife Ratna Pathak got from their parents and how he decided not to impart it to their children. "I was given a religious education. But Ratna did not get any religious education, she had a liberal household. And we chose not to give religious education to our children," said Shah.

Stating the reason for not educating his children religiously, he affirmed his belief that good and evil have nothing to do with religion and hence his children were not brought up in such an environment. "We taught them about good and bad and our beliefs," added Shah.

"I don't see situations improving anytime soon. I am not scared but angry. I believe every right-thinking man must be angry and must not fear. This is our home who can dare to evict us from here," concluded Shah.

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