Renowned Indian lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar has faced criticism for his comments about terrorism made during his recent visit to Pakistan for the Faiz Festival. A video of his remarks went viral on social media, in which he differentiated between how India and Pakistan treat each other’s artists and placed blame for the 2008 Mumbai attacks on Pakistani “terrorists.” Actor Resham condemned his comments, stating her love for Pakistan and emphasizing its importance to her.
However, Akhtar revealed in a recent interview that his comment was well-received in Pakistan and that many people there admire India, hoping for a positive relationship between the two nations. He further added that the Pakistani army, establishment, and people are not on the same page regarding this issue.
Javed Akhtar is a prominent figure in the Indian entertainment industry, having worked as a lyricist, screenwriter, and poet. He has won several awards, including five National Film Awards and the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards. Akhtar has also been actively involved in social and political issues, advocating for progressive causes and criticizing conservative and regressive attitudes. His contributions to the Indian film industry have been widely acclaimed, with many considering him to be one of the greatest lyricists of all time.
However, his recent comments about terrorism and Pakistan have caused controversy, with some criticizing him for his statements. Many have also pointed out that his comments are not representative of the broader Indian sentiment towards Pakistan, with people in both countries seeking a peaceful relationship between the two nations.
In recent years, tensions between India and Pakistan have been high, with both nations engaging in border skirmishes and diplomatic spats. The Mumbai attacks, which claimed the lives of 166 people, including six Americans, remain a sensitive issue, with India blaming the Pakistani-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attacks. Pakistan has denied involvement in the attacks, and the issue remains a significant source of tension between the two nations.
Javed Akhtar’s comments have highlighted the need for greater understanding and dialogue between India and Pakistan, emphasizing the importance of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect. As both nations face numerous challenges, including economic instability, political unrest, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that they work together to address these issues and build a more positive relationship. Only through constructive engagement and cooperation can India and Pakistan hope to overcome their differences and build a brighter future for their people.