The film industry might have a split opinion on Baba Ramdev’s cause but many Bollywood names have criticised the police swoop-in on the yoga guru’s hunger strike, saying that everyone has the right to protest.
Actress Raveena Tandon posted on Twitter, “This country gives everyone the Right to protest! remember? If murderers, terrorists are invited 2 join politics, why not a island owning baba?? (sic)”
“It is shocking to see how police and authorities have behaved with the crowds at Ramlila Maidan. It is unfair and undemocratic. SHAME,” Anupam Kher wrote on the microblogging site.
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said, “In this one stupid act the govt has sent the message that peaceful protests no longer work and opened the road to violence. 50,000 Indian citizens r victims of police brutality for the crime of wanting 2 express their anguish at the corrupt system (sic).”
“Is this how the world’s biggest democracy should behave? I’m very upset watching these images of brute force being employed on innocent protesters,” tweeted Vivek Oberoi.
Actor Ranvir Shorey said, “Shameful state of affairs. The govt has turned Ramlila Ground into a mini-Tahrir. All on their own. The people want the govt to be corruption free. The govt says it wants to be corruption free. Where’s the need for tear gas? (sic).”
“I am no Ramdev supporter. But this is wrong. In fact, this is a dangerous sign of govt intolerance,” said filmmaker Pritish Nandy.
“If the man motivates hundred thousand people he has the right to question specially when the question is so pertinent,” posted director Anubhav Sinha.
Source: IBN Live