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HindustanTimes Wed,16 Apr 2014

Communal divide in Gujarat anti-human: Gulzar

Imran Khan (Indo-Asian News Service), PTI  Patna, December 15, 2002
First Published: 12:59 IST(15/12/2002) | Last Updated: 12:59 IST(15/12/2002)

Well-known lyricist, filmmaker and writer Gulzar has said politicians are responsible for the "anti-human" communal polarisation of Gujarat.

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Gulzar, who was here to attend a function organised by Unicef to interact with deprived children Sunday evening, also expressed concern at the India-Pakistan divide.

He released a book of poems by Bihar legislative council chairman Jabir Hussain. The poems refer to the communal killings in Gujarat and also tension between India and Pakistan.

He hinted at working for the child victims of the Gujarat sectarian violence.

"For me children are neither Hindu, nor Muslim, neither Gujarati nor Bihari.

There is a need to change the mindset, elders must think of change their attitude towards them," he said.

Gulzar criticised the federal government for not promoting films for children.

He stressed the need to make more children's films. "There is an urgent need that all states should set up a children's film society to promote films for this section," he said.

He lauded moviemaker Vishal Bhardwaj's effort in making "Makri", a  children's film, a commercial success.

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