Hardliner Hindu parties slam Salman Khan over anti-war remarks

 
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Mumbai, June 15 (TNS): Salman Khan’s ‘anti-war’ comments have created a stir in the hardliner Hindu political circles and social media.

While the opinion of social media users seem to have been divided, extremist Hindu parties like Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have slammed the actor over his remarks.

Reacting to the actor’s comments, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said, “The way he has said this is really objectionable. Who doesn’t want peace? Why does he always cross his boundaries?”

Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson, has said accused Salman of carrying out a publicity stunt to promote his upcoming film Tubelight. However, Congress spokesperson Arvind Jha believes that Salman’s comments were “sane, sensitive and mature”.

Sohail Khan, Salman’s brother and co-star who was also present when the comments were made, has come out in support of his sibling. He believes the Sultan actor has just stated his opinion. But surprisingly, he said that people from the film industry lack knowledge on political issues.

He said, “A lot of importance is given to actors’ comments on such issues. I am not sure if people from this industry have the knowledge to talk about politics with such depth. What Salman bhai — or any actor for that matter — says, is his opinion as a common man, a mere civilian. Ask people about war, and anyone would say it’s bad. That’s exactly what he said as well. War anywhere, in any part of the world, be it Syria, India, Iraq, China, cannot be a good thing. I wouldn’t understand the psyche of anyone who says war is a good thing,” he said.

He added, “Dialogue, debate, discussions have proven to go a long way in mending relations, without our jawans going to the front and losing lives. Sadly, we don’t always know why these things happen and how they happen. Lack of knowledge from our side often downplays our intentions. We don’t have the authority to say things or the right to stop things. So, all we can do is lament.”

The entire issue started when Salman, during an interaction for his film Tubelight, was asked a question on war. To this, he said, “What we have shown is that war should end soon so that our jawans return to our families and their jawans to theirs. Whenever war happens, people from both sides lose lives.”

But what raised eyebrows was his last comment when he said, “Those who order wars should be sent to the border, given guns and asked to fight. War will end within one day. Their legs and hands would start trembling. They will just sit across the table and start discussions.”