The Citizenship Amendment Act, which was passed on December 12, has created a stir across the nation. For starters, this act only benefits those Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian and Parsi refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who sought refuge in India before 2015, but leaves out Muslims from these countries, who will remain illegal foreigners. People across the nation are protesting against this act discriminates against Muslims. Over the period of the past few days, violence has marginalized across the nation with people losing their lives and public properties being vandalized. Like the majority of people, even Bollywood and TV celebrities are against the act. Joining the bandwagon of Anurag Kashyap, Alia Bhatt, Shaheer Sheikh, Taapsee Pannu, Rajinikanth and many other celebs, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior star, Sharad Kelkar, has come out in the open about the on-going tension in our nation.
In an exclusive conversation with us, Sharad said, "It is pretty confusing for everyone. It's not decided if it is going to happen, ruled or written. I think we are prejudiced. Ek assumption pe hum khade hai, ki kal yeh ho sakta hai ya woh ho sakta hai. That is the problem, somebody needs to clarify these things. So that we have a clear stand whether we are against or we aren't. Without knowing the facts and assuming whether it will happen or not, people are just following anybody. We need clarity and that is important."
The actor further opines that the Supreme Court should have opted for a fast-track judgement instead of hearing the plea on January 22. "The day, given by the Supreme Court, is January 22. It should have been a fast-track judgment, it should have been done earlier because the kind of violence, which is happening across the country, is not right I think."
The actor believes this delay could result in the loss of more lives and public properties being damaged. "We would lose a lot of lives also by the 22nd of January and a lot of public properties being damaged. That thing is being continued for the longest time. 1 month is too much time to explain to people whether it is right or wrong. Somebody needs to come out and explain, not from the government but from the Supreme Court's side to explain the pros and cons. So people will at least have clarity," believes Sharad.
Sharad, who recently featured in Rangbaaz Phir Se, points out yet another significant point. He says, "Before giving solutions, we need to think 100 times about how we will accommodate first and give them all the facilities. Also, we need to think if it is feasible for us right now, when the economy is going down, GDP is way below and are we ready to spend so much money. We should concentrate on the economic front right now, which India is going through."
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