More than 100 prominent Indians including actors Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhaskar, lyricist Javed Akhtar, writer Tushar Gandhi, lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, among others have come together to issue a statement condemning the recent killings in France in the name of religion.
The signatories, which include people from different walks of life, have slammed the outrageous statements given by some Muslim religious and political leaders who have sought to rationalise the gruesome murders in France.
In total, 130 people have signed the statement and also include the likes of Zeeshan Ayyub, writer-director Feroz Abbas Khan, director Kabir Khan, screen writer Anjum Rajabali, documentary film-maker Anand Patwardhan, retired IPS officer Julio F Ribeiro and industrialist Abdul Aziz Lokhandwala.
The statement said the signatories “unequivocally and unconditionally” condemn the recent killings in France and termed the two assailants as “fanatics in the name of faith”.
“We are deeply disturbed by the convoluted logic of some self-appointed guardians of Indian Muslims in rationalising cold-blooded murder and deplore the outrageous remarks of some heads of state,” the statement said.
It added that has now become the order of the day for all religious groups to indulge in “whataboutery” whenever such heinous crimes are committed by those belonging to their flock.
“Rationalising crimes by comparing them to similar crimes committed by others is an irrational and absurd argument as two wrongs don’t make a right. We reject any ifs and buts in the justification of heinous crimes in the name of religion, any religion. No God, gods, goddesses, prophets or saints may be invoked to justify the killing and/or terrorising of fellow human beings,” the statement said.
The signatories added that they stand “in solidarity” with the ‘French Council for the Muslim Faith’ for strongly condemning the attacks and issuing an appeal calling on all Muslims in France to “cancel all celebrations of the birthday of the Prophet as a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims and their loved ones”.
Courtesy – India Today