Condemning the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's stand against North Indians and actor Amitabh Bachchan, noted Bollywood director Muzaffar Ali on Monday said India can only progress if the people of the country remain united.
"We will move forward only if we will remain united. We belong to the whole India," Ali said while releasing a book on 13th century Persian scholar and great Sufi poet Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi in Hindi in New Delhi.
He said the manner in which North Indians were manhandled by Raj Thackeray's party activists yesterday was regrettable.
"What happened in Mumbai is regrettable," he said.
Reminding of the teachings of Persian poet, Ali said Rumi was a poet who taught humans to love each other and live in a manner which brings them closer to God.
The book, written by Trinath Mishra, contains information about Rumi's lifestyle and teachings.