Javed Akhtar: los fundamentalists musulmanes piensan que solo me opongo a ellos, los fundamentalists hindues piensan que siempre son el objetivo
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A Police Van Is Parked Outside The House Of Javed Akhtar In Mumbai When We Meet Up With It On Monday Afternoon. They Even Monitor Us Closely When We Enter The Building. As Soon As We Meet With Him, The Chief Lettrist And Poet Praises Mumbai Police And Clarifies That They Have Displayed Home Security On Their Own, After The Threat Of Karni Sena For Him On Sunday, On His Commentary On The Prohibition Of Ghoonghat And Burqa. The Marginal Ensemble Demanded An Apology From The Writer Within Three Days, Threatening Him With" Terrible Consequences" . Concerned About The Disturbing Language Of The Marginal Elements, Javed Sahab Establishes And Explains That He Is Scheduled To Meet With The Police Commissioner Later To Speak On The Subject. He Reiterates That His Statement Was For The Empowerment Of Women, And That He Has Striven To Achieve Gender Equality For A Long Time And Receive Threats Is Not New To Him, Especially The Muslim Fundamentalists. Extracts:
On The Role Of His Commentary On The Prohibition Of Burka And Ghoonghat Together, The President Of The Maharashtra Wing Karni Sena He Told TOI," The Burka Is Associated With Terrorism And (it Is A Question Of) National Security, We Have Asked Akhtar To Make An Apology For The Ghoonghat Within Three Days Or To Face The Consequences." What's Your Reaction To This?
People Who Are Asking Me To Apologize Perhaps Do Not Know That My Friends And I Have Been Relentlessly Fighting The Burqa, Naqab And Purdah Practice For 20 Years. We Have Spoken Against Triple Talaq Years Ago, When It Was Not In The News. My Credentials In These Matters Are Impeccable. I Have Always Stood Against The Regressive Mindset Of The Minority Community, Because To Bring About A Change, You Should First Look At The Community That You Were Born In. That's Your First Duty. I Have Mentioned Ghoonghat Once And You Want Me To Apologize? Are You Trying To Destroy My Credibility In My Fight Against The Mullahs? You Want Me To Lose Face In Front Of The People I've Been Fighting Against For Years? Is This What You Want To Achieve? Everybody Knows That Ghoonghat Is Not A Religious Belief, But A Tradition. I Have Received Messages Where People Have Told Me That The Ghoonghat Tradition Is Withering Away And It's Only Left In Villages. If It's Not That Prevalent Anyway, Why React This Way?
They Also Said:" Let's Get Your Eyes Out And Get The Language Out If You Do Not Apologize" . We Will Enter Your House And We Will Overcome You ...
Haan, Consequences Ki Detail Bhi Di Hai. People Can Oppose. We Can Mutually Disagree. Their Idea Of morality And Culture Is Different And What I Say Can Be Outrageous To Them. If You Are Upset, Then You Can Go To Court And Sleep, But This Is Not The Way To Function In A Civilized Society, Where You Are Being Forced To Apologize. You Can Not Say That Intolerance Has Increased Or Freedom Of Speech Has Been Curtailed, Because If You Do, Then You Will Be Labeled As Anti-national Or Pseudo Secular, Etc. This Is Not The India That I Have Grown Up In. We Are Known For Our Ability To Co-exist. It Saddens Me A Little As I Am Proud Of Our Democratic Constitution That Grants You The Freedom Of Expression. We Can Say Things That Are Not Possible In Our Neighboring Countries. Different Points Of View Should Be Heard.
Was He Afraid That His Statement Could Unleash Such Uproar?
I Do Not Know Why They Have Made This Into Such A Big Issue. I Have Always Opposed The Burqa. Most Of The Time, These Muslim Fundamentalists Think That I Only Oppose Them. Likewise, Hindu Fundamentalists Think That They Are Always The Target. My Point Is, Any Form Of Covering The Face, Whether It Is A Ghoonghat, Naqab Or Burqa, Any Tradition Whether Religious Or Social, Which Expects A Woman To Cover Her Face, Is A Hindrance To Her Empowerment. That Should Be Banned. Maybe, In Sri Lanka It's Done For Security. In Our Country It Should Be Done For Women Empowerment. It May Not Be A Threat To Security, But It Is A Threat To A Woman's Progress.
Why Did You Feel The Need To Match Burka And Ghoonghat? A Burka Covers A Woman From Head To Head, While A Ghoonghat Partially Covers The Face. Why The Need Of" If You Are Banning The Burka, Then You Ban The Ghoonghat" ?
There is no ‘if’. It’s not tit for tat. I am not trying to balance things out. Why would you cover a human being’s face? Anything that restricts freedom and progress should be stopped, period! I didn’t speak from the security point of view. I spoke about women empowerment. It’s not about equating. Whether you are covering a woman’s face for religion, tradition or values or culture... you are still covering her face. There is no difference. Why restrict women?
Several Countries Have Banned Full Face Veils ...
France has stepped ahead of others and I appreciate that. You can’t wear your religion on your sleeve in public offices. That way France is even-handed. You can’t show your religious identity so overtly. Country comes first. I like that.
However, In October 2018, The Human Rights Committee Of The United Nations Said That The Prohibition Imposed By France On The Veils That Cover The Face Is A Violation Of Human Rights ...
I Totally Disagree With This. Saying It's A Woman's Choice? No. You Have Banned Sati, Right? You Said That It Should Be A Woman's Choice? You Said It's Wrong, So Stop. Should It Be A Choice Of A Minor Or His Parents Or The Man Who Marries A Child If He Wishes Or Does Not Have A Child Marriage? There Are Certain Practices That Are Wrong And You Do Not Have To Wait For Your Communities To Decide That For You. Some Things Need To Be Imposed. I've Always Opposed Triple Talaq Too. These Things Can Not Be A Matter Of Choice. If It Is Wrong, It Needs To Be Abolished. Uncle Tom Was A Happy Man, But Abraham Lincoln still chose to abolish slavery.
Why A Burka Or A Ghoong Should Not Be A Matter Of Choice?
I Feel That Because Most Women Can Not Decide That Out Of Free Will. There Will Be Peer Pressure. They Are Brainwashed Since Childhood And Conditioned To Believe That's The Way Forward. Some Women May Feel That If I Wear The Burqa, I Will Win Some Brownie Points From My Community, The Men Folk In The Family Will Be Happy And That Will Give Me More Elbow Room. There Are Many Reasons ... First Give Them That Freedom For 100 Years And Then Ask Them If They Want To Wear A Burqa. Let A Few Generations Live Without The Naqab First And Then Give Them A Choice To Decide If They Want It Back.
Recently, The Video Of A Woman Became Viral And Criticized The Young Women For Wearing Short Dresses And" Inviting The Rape" .
So All The Women Who Wear Long Dresses, Saris, Salwar Kameez And Lehengas, Which Cover Them From Head To Toe Are Never Raped? Within Women, A Lot Of Women Are Brainwashed Into Believing The Wrong Things.
Shahid Afridi He Revealed In His Book That He Will Not Allow His Daughters To Play Cricket. He Wrote, 'Cricket? No, Not For My Girls. They Have Permission To Play All The Games They Want, But My Daughters Will Not Compete In Public Sports Activities. It Is For Social And Religious Reasons That I Made This Decision And Your Mother Agrees With Me."
I Did Not Have An Idea That For Women, Cricket Is Haram In Islam. But What Else Do You Expect From This Pakistani Intellectual Giant Like Shahid Afridi?
What Is Your Opinion On Religious Identity?
Be It Kebab And Biryani Or To Love For Poetry ... I Have Cultural Commonalities With My Community - North Indian Urdu-speaking Muslims. But I Am Not Religious At All. I Do Not Share My Community's Beliefs As Far As Religion Is Concerned. I Am An Atheist.