Sinha on mob lynch­ings: ‘We are all In­di­ans first’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT - Sub­has K Jha

The most out­spo­ken sol­dier of the rul­ing regime, ac­tor

Sha­trughan Sinha (left), is shat­tered by the spate of mob lynch­ings across the coun­try. “I strongly con­demn the lack of ur­gent po­lice ac­tion against mobs who pick on in­di­vid­u­als. This is a new trend spread­ing across In­dia. If we don’t con­trol it now, we would soon be star­ing in the face of ut­ter chaos with the mobs de­cid­ing what we should eat or wear,” says Sinha.

With­out nam­ing the Prime Min­is­ter, Sha­trughan feels there must be stronger ac­tion against mob at­tacks. “I am afraid the con­dem­na­tion of mob at­tacks is a case of too lit­tle too late. Much sterner ac­tion is needed.”

Sha­truji says he is a proud Hindu. But the ac­tions of the mob have left him mor­ti­fied. “We are all In­di­ans first, then Hin­dus or Mus­lims. The hap­less Mus­lim boy Junaid, who was lynched on a train on the eve of Eid was also an In­dian. What crime had he com­mit­ted? Who de­cides what is the cor­rect way for an In­dian to eat or be­have?”

The ac­tor feels this whole rig­ma­role over cow protection is a farce. “Pro­tect cows from hunger and home­less­ness first. Then pro­tect them from beef eaters. Cows are so mer­ci­lessly ne­glected in our coun­try. We have cows left to die on the roads. They eat plas­tic bags and die. Rather than pro­tect­ing cows from beef eaters, let gau rak­shaks pro­tect cows from hunger.”

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