We never witnessed such religious intolerance in India, says filmmaker Gulzar

24 Oct, 2015 10:25 pm

PATNA – Noted lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar has come out in support of writers and poet returning their Sahitya Akademi awards in protest of the growing religious intolerance in the country, saying this is the only way a writer can register protest.

Many authors have returned their Akademi awards to protest the killing of Kannada writer MM Kalburgi and other growing instances of attacks on intellectuals.

Gulzar, 81, said while the killing was not Akademi’s fault, the authors wanted the institution to recognize and protest against the incident.

“The murder that has hurt us all is somewhere the fault of the system or government… Returning the award was an act of protest. Writers don’t have any other way to register their protest. We have never witnessed this kind of religious intolerance. At least, we were fearless in expressing ourselves,” Gulzar said.

“Never thought that a situation like this would come where a person’s religion is asked before his name. It was never like this… What politics can a writer do? A writer just speaks from his heart, mind and soul. They are the conscience keepers of the society. They are the keepers of the soul of the society,” he said. –NDTV

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