Salman Khan targeted for being a celebrity Muslim; Narendra Modi not communal: Salim Khan

Written by | August 1, 2015 | 0

Mumbai: Salim Khan said that Salman Khan was being targeted for being a celebrity and a Muslim and there were others who wanted mercy for Yakub Memon. He also said that  Narendra Modi wasn’t communal and should be blamed for 1992 riots.

Speaking to India Today’s, Rajdeep Sardesai after Salman Khan’s controversial tweet, Salim Khan, said that Salman is being targeted for being a Muslim and a celebrity. He even blamed BJP leader Ashish Shelar who he said had an agenda against Salman Khan. Salim Khan said: “”In this particular case, I can tell you that it was all done by BJP leader Ashish Shelar. He had openly said that he will hit Salman hard whenever he gets an opportunity.”

He also said that he was the first person to condemn Salman’s tweets, and claimed that people got more publicity when they attacked Salman. He said: “Salman should not have tweeted things about which he has little knowledge. “It was his foolishness. He said what all he must have heard,” Salim Khan said. “Many people had opposed the court’s verdict awarding death sentence to Yakub, but may be Salman’s way of putting things was a bit childish. Salman’s celeb status is being taken advantage of.”

He said that Shelar had promised to “hit” Salman, when he got an opportunity. He also claimed that the people protesting at their house, were against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Salim also reminisced about the good old days when there was less controversy and claimed that politicians were creating a rift between the two communities.

He said that the Aditya Nath and Owaisi’s are diving society. When Sardesai asks what he thinks about Narendra Modi, Salim said that Modi is not a communal person. When asked about the 2002 riots, he points that things might have been out of his control and no one remembered the names of chief ministers in whose states riots took place like the 1992 Mumbai riots under Sudhakarrao Naik.

When asked what he thought about terms like Hindu terror and Muslim terror, Salim reminded Sardesai that true Islam considered, even killing one innocent person, a heinous crime.

When Sardesai brings up the oft-repeated Go to Pakistan jibe, Salim points out that his family has been in India for seven generations. He asks: “How many generations more should live here to prove that we are Indians?” He added that Muslims needed to focus more on education and people of both religions needed to love each other. That in his words, is the true definition of secularism, which has nothing to do with caps.

 

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