Mumbai: Film lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar is badly caught up in comparing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Taliban. Recently, the BJP has targeted them. At the same time, Javed Akhtar has been asked to apologize on behalf of the party. In fact, recently BJP leader Ram Kadam has made a statement in which he said, "Unless Javed Akhtar apologizes for his recent statements comparing RSS and VHP to Taliban, his films will not be screened in the country.'' Talking to a famous website yesterday, Javed Akhtar had said, "The Taliban are barbaric, their actions are condemnable, but all those who support the RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal are the same.''
However, Javed Akhtar's comments were not liked by the BJP at all and that led him to take Javed Akhtar on target. BJP says, "If the RSS were like the Taliban, they would not have been allowed to make such statements.'' At the same time, BJP MLA and spokesperson Ram Kadam also said, "RSS politicians are at the top of the government. These leaders are running the country following raj dharma, if they were like the Taliban, would Javed Akhtar have been allowed to make such a statement?''
He also said, "Before making this comment, he should have thought that people with the same ideology are now running the government, fulfilling the raj dharma. If the ideology was Taliban, would he have been able to make these comments? This shows how hollow his statements are?'' At the same time, he said, 'Javed Akhtar has hurt the sentiments of RSS workers working for the poor people in the country by making such remarks. If he does not apologize to them, we will not allow his films to run in this country. The BJP's youth wing on Saturday took out a protest march to Javed Akhtar's Juhu residence seeking an apology for his statement.'
On the other hand, a BJP youth wing leader said, "We think Javed Akhtar is not mentally fit. This country has given them everything. The RSS helps people on the ground and he has compared them to the Taliban. That is unacceptable. If he does not apologize, our agitation against him will intensify.''