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Hrithik Roshan Enters Intolerance Debate, Opines What 'tolerance At Its Best' Is

Written By Radhika Sarkar | Mumbai | Published:


  • Hrithik Roshan has entered the 'intolerance' debate joining a bandwagon of celebrities and socialites
  • Taking to social media, the 'Super 30' actor tweeted saying, 'being tolerant to the intolerant is in fact tolerance at its best'
  • Over the last week, at least two letters have been written to the Prime Minister by as many groups of well-known persons, while others have also made their views apparent in an individual capacity

Hrithik Roshan has entered the 'intolerance' debate joining a bandwagon of celebrities and socialities. Taking to social media, the 'Super 30' actor suggested that 'being tolerant to the intolerant is in fact tolerance at it's best.'. Around 49 artists including Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sensharma, Aparna Sen, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, wrote to PM Modi over ‘intolerance’, by highlighting the mob lynchings and the use of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans as a ‘war cry.’ This was then countered by 62 celebrities including Kangana Ranaut, Prasoon Joshi, Madhur Bhandarkar, who termed the other group’s letter as ‘selective outrage and false narrative’.

READ: Anurag Kashyap Hits Out At ‘troll Army’ For Spreading 'False Narratives' Over Intolerance Letter 

Just a day back, Indian film director Shekhar Kapur hit out at the 'intellectuals' stating that he had come to India as a refugee of partition and has always lived in the fear of them. "They made me feel insignificant. Small. Then suddenly embraced me after my films. I still fear them. Their embrace is like a snake bite", read an excerpt from his post.

However, the tweet irked popular lyricist Javed Akhtar who demanded to know the names of the 'intellectuals' and stated that he needs to seek help from a professional. 

READ: Anurag Kashyap Hits Out At ‘troll Army’ For Spreading 'false Narratives' Over Intolerance Letter


The 49 celebrities in their letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanded the end to 'lynching of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities, citing NCRB reports. The group further requested immediate action against those propagating religious identity-based hate crimes. However, the letter was hit by a two-page counter document written by 62 celebrities in the likes of Bollywood, theatre, professors, and artists. Addressing the prior 'intolerance' letter written to the Prime Minister, the counter document addressed the Forty-nine celebrities as self-styled “guardians” and “conscience keepers” of the nation with selective concern and claimed that they have demonstrated clear political bias and motive.

READ: Shekhar Kapur Hits Out At 'intellectuals' Over Letters Written To PM Modi, Javed Akhtar Responds Saying 'you Need Help'

The two-page document listed twelve flashpoints that the former letter's signatories have strangely kept quiet on, it states that the 'intolerance' lobby did not display the courage to stand beside women who are struggling against the regressive Triple Talaq tradition and that they choose to speak up only on 'selective issues'.



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