Speaking in the wake of the controversy over the protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi) and the events that followed, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher has said he was scared about what was happening to the country.
Kher on Wednesday said the raging JNU row had transformed into an ideological fight between the BJP and its Left rivals, as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi offered support to JNU students. “It angers me, shocks me as an Indian. I don’t believe 1.3 billion people will let them destroy our country. There is much more in this country than the political games of certain parties,” he said at the launch of Munmun Ghosh’s novel Thicker Than Blood.
JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last week in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy registered over holding of the event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised. His arrest has triggered widespread outrage among students and teachers and drawn severe criticism from non-BJP political parties. During a hearing of the sedition case against Kumar, several journalists were also beaten up by a group of lawyers inside the Patiala Court premises.
“What happened at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Whatever I have watched on video is frightening. In the capital city of our country, some groups are raising slogans about ‘desh ki barbadi’ and ‘azaadi’. It angered me as a countryman.”
Kher, 60, said freedom of speech does not mean people have the right to create disunity in the country.
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