Javed Akhtar: Narendra Modi’s rise is a challenge to democracy

Javed Akhtar
Yogen Shah

In a series of tweets, the acclaimed writer-lyricist has condemned the growing public support for Narendra Modi

Javed Akhtar, Rajya Sabha MP took to Twitter to show his displeasure about Narendra Modi being promoted as the new hero of Indian politics. Akhtar described Modi as ‘undemocratic’ at a recent event in Patna, “Besides all talks of involvement in Gujarat riots of 2002 which are before the courts, this man (Modi) is not democratic. Amidst chants of registering hat-trick in Gujarat one thing is glossed over – that he has given a damn to democracy in the state… His rise is a challenge to democracy,” said the Padma Bhushan Winner.

Akhtar was at the receiving end when Modi supporters attacked him in October, calling him anti-national for opposing the Gujarat CM. To this, Akhtar tweeted: “Some idiots imply that opposing Modi is an anti national activity. Are they suggesting that we, the 90% Indians are anti nationals.”

Last month, Akhtar had retorted to those who were sending him indecent messages. On Twitter, Akhtar wrote: “The kind of crude, indecent and vulgar messages I get from Modi lovers establishes the low quality of his followers (sic).”

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  • Radhakrishnan Parameswaran

    Well, I have not become a member of any party. I always voted on the basis of the candidate. Now, I am a supporter of Modi because I have been watching the prejudiced way the whole Media, various Rights Groups, Govt. Institutions like the CBI and the courts including the Supreme Court have tested Modi and vilified him and still has come out unscathed so far. The same standard was not applied to any other riot happening all over the country especially the 1984 riot. Modi might not have apologized for 2002 – why should he when he was not responsible for the provocation and more than 100 people have already been sentenced for their involvement. Secondly, if he says anything say a regret – how all will pounce on him and decide that he was guilty and resign. Lastly, he has declared “hang me if I am guilty” . People like Jawed Akhtar who look at the whole issue with a jaundiced eye just because Congress gave them RS seat. I am from South and visited Gujarat in May this year and found the development and the calm that preails there and both communities live in peace. This should be acknowledged. Any amount of propaganda against Modi even by Javed Akhtar is not to change that opinion. People have seen it all from Congress and they have divided this country on caste and religious line.