Actor Naseeruddin Shah, under fire for questioning Anupam Khers support for Kashmiri Pandits, feels that bans and stifling of dissent has grown under the Narendra Modi government.
"Bans and stifling of dissent has always happened, but it has grown under this (NDA) government. Congress too curbed dissent when in power. Movie kissa kursi Ka was banned, Sanjay Gandhi had personally destroyed the negative, what could be worse than that, in terms of censorship. Congress has banned Satanic Verses and Jesus Christ Superstar. I don't want to turn pessimistic. For me, losing faith would be admitting defeat. I can’t be cynical and lose hope," he said.
Claiming that the Centre had failed to live up to its promise, he said, "I think the people who bought the promises are the ones who are disappointed."
"I can't say I am over the moon about it, nor can I say that I am terribly disillusioned. Because what's been happening, apart from the stifling of dissent, that is more than it used to be - otherwise the bans, the partisanship, the parochialism, that was always there. So it's not that everything was hunky-dory before," he added.