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Communal divide in Gujarat anti-human: Gulzar

filmmaker and writer Gulzar said politicians are responsible for the 'anti-human' communal polarisation of Gujarat.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2002 12:59 IST
Imran Khan (Indo-Asian News Service)
Imran Khan (Indo-Asian News Service)

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

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.

First Published: Dec 15, 2002 12:59 IST