Indians being brainwashed into believing Pakistan is the enemy: Naseeruddin Shah

Published: March 24, 2015


On his return to India after a successful tour to Pakistan, veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah expressed regret at the animosity towards Pakistan prevalent in his home country.

Naseeruddin Shah was in Pakistan in February to promote his book And then one day: A Memoir. He also graced the Lahore Literary Festival and conducted a theater workshop at the Karachi Arts Council to a packed audience.

In an interview to entertainment website Bollywood Hungama, Shah said, “It is tragic that often-times performers from Pakistan are prevented from performing in this country. Recently, there was a very disturbing instance of a Pakistani artiste’s work being destroyed in Ahmedabad. But they welcome us in Pakistan with open arms.”

He stressed the need to keep political differences between the two countries aside. “I keep going to Pakistan because I feel it is very important to have a person-to-person contact. We can’t afford to be swayed by all the political rhetoric. Politicians will change colours whenever it suits them. Indians are being brainwashed into believing Pakistan to be the enemy country without being aware of the historical background.”

He further added that Indians need to look beyond the political animosity. “I’d make a very strong appeal for that. And this has nothing whatsoever to with my being Muslim. What can we possibly gain from this form of ragging that we practice against Pakistan? It is a bully’s way of asserting himself. They are next door neighbors.”

Mentioning the love and regard for Indians in Pakistan, the actor said, “The tragedy of the political divide between the two countries is symbolical. It should go. That would never happen until we travel to Pakistan more often and interact with the local people. There is a great deal of curiosity and admiration in Pakistan for what India has achieved.”

He added, “They love me unconditionally in Pakistan. They are nuts about our stars like Salman and Shah Rukh. But I also sense a reverent affection in Pakistan for actors like me, Om Puri and Farooq Sheikh. I feel very special in Pakistan.”




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  • usman777
    Mar 24, 2015 - 8:39PM

    You will never hear Pakistanis brag about giving Indian artists “money”. He is an honored guest of the country and will enjoy the full hospitality of our country and her people. In India, they treat our artists as if they are beggars and leeches. Many are exploited for propaganda purposes which our ‘stars’ easily accept….

    For sharing Naseeruddin Shah, I thank Indians a thousand times.Recommend

  • ny
    Mar 24, 2015 - 9:28PM

    Incoming comments by Indian trolls bashing Naseeruddin Shah for no good reason. Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Mar 24, 2015 - 9:57PM

    “Indians being brainwashed into believing Pakistan is the enemy: Naseeruddin Shah”

    Oh, it is just not Pakistan, but the Muslims as a whole. Read sometime the comments section of Indian newspapers and you would realize Pakistan is not the only one considered enemy.Recommend

  • haroon
    Mar 24, 2015 - 11:25PM

    and we are also doing the same thing!Recommend

  • Mar 24, 2015 - 11:52PM

    I think artist has no religion and no boundaries one should like him or hate him only on his performance as far as local peoples concern i strongly believes that no human being hate other human being if some one do that, we shouldn’t consider him human.

    Media and political parties drives emotions of the people for other countries so we should use our brains as well.Recommend

  • manish
    Mar 25, 2015 - 8:22AM

    It seems you forget 26/11,kargil,wars they attacked us first always .our soldiers die on border daily no love for pakistanRecommend

  • Omer
    Mar 25, 2015 - 8:50AM

    Well this is very nice of him to try mend the broken bond but Alas! this bond is broken forever it seems and can not be mended! Because two nations can not just start loving each other after 70 years of hatred…. But the man spoke the truth, Indian nation is manipulated as much as Pakistani nation is, the fire is alike on both sides! I hope to see a break of dawn though, that way both countries can cut down their defense budget and have more to spend on other things. And Manish, your own government admitted that 26/11 was an inside job sponsored by your own Indian army so why put the dark deeds of your army onto us? And Kargil, dude that tends to happen when you threaten to deploy nukes on us. Remember that one? And soldiers die on both side of the boarder just the difference is Indian Government whines about it a lot more than Pakistani Government that does not necessarily mean the poor Indians are being killed. I live in an area very close to Indian boarder, apart from all, I have first hand experience of what Indian army does. So let’s not play blame games and bring rabbits out of the hat…. Let’s be nice and polite for a change and appreciate this man’s observation.a Recommend

  • sud
    Mar 25, 2015 - 9:24AM

    pakistan is a great country. india is hypocrite.

    in 1947, minority population in west pak was around 20%, now they are living happily, safely and prosperously.
    in contrast, u see, in india there is systematic ethnic cleansing of religious minority. now WHO have declared them as endangered species. Recommend

  • Saad Siddiqui
    Mar 25, 2015 - 9:28AM

    You just proved Naseeruddin’s pointRecommend

  • Ayaz Sami
    Mar 25, 2015 - 9:30AM

    Hi, I normally never comment on News reports but I must put in my two cents here. I am a Pakistani and like the people in Pakistan I have been taught to hate everything about India. But I agree that we should put these things behind us. Even now all of Pakistan is probably wasting their prayers hoping India looses the semi final, such a petty thing if you really think about it!

    Sports rivalry is one thing but this is insane. (I must admit I don’t want India to win either, even though I love Dhoni, he is an amazing person)

    Look at Japan. The US dropped an atomic bomb on them around the same time we were all fighting each other for independence. I under stand this may be over simplifying the issue but bottom line is, they got over it and are the strongest of allies now.

    These things won’t change over night but we can at least try to bring about a change by starting with ourselves. In the last few years I have stopped bashing India for no reason and have started to unlearn what I was force fed my whole life.
    Let’s atleast try as people and human beings not to hate for something that really has nothing to do with us anymore and keep rivalries limited to the cricket ground for the sake of entertainment. Recommend

  • Harshal
    Mar 25, 2015 - 9:50AM

    I have a great respect for Naseeruddin Shah’s acting skills.Initially I was disappointed with him for making such statement, but then I read full article and came to know that he was promoting his book in Pakistan, so that makes the sense for him to make such pleasing statements for Pakistanis. I have complete faith in my Govt. and I need not listen to a great ‘actor’ for making my decision regarding a country which is at war with India for past 67 years either Directly or Indirectly.Recommend

  • Naren
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:23AM

    So Pakistanis, Please buy his book. Recommend

  • Hmm
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:27AM

    Mr.Shah, you are also a human being like us and we consider it is your private comments. you can express yourself. But we have our own designs .Recommend

  • Dija
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:28AM

    I knew Nasiruddin Shah as an amazing actor – but after reading this article I feel that he is also an amazing person!Recommend

  • Manoj
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:28AM

    Indian’s are not being brain washed. It is important to remember that there are many Pakistans, just as there are many Indias. Indians consider the Pakistan of the Pakistani army and the extremist groups that betray and attack India as the ‘enemy’. Who can blame them for thinking so? Indians love and respect the artists, musicians and cricketers from Pakistan. That distinction is important. Naseer is wrong to think that Indian’s can be brainwashed in this day and age. There isn’t widespread support for the Hindutva fringe elements as is evident from the pointless protest againt the movie PK which fizzed out due to lack of mass support, whereas the movie itself became the biggest ever grosser.Recommend

  • ny
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:35AM


    I can bet you 10 bucks if he said that “All Pakistanis hate India” you’d say ” Everyone needs to listen to this great actor” instead of “I need not listen to a great ‘actor’ ” LOL.


    Like someone said above, you literally just proved Naseeruddin’s point right.

    All Indian trolls on this thread have in fact, proved him right.Recommend

  • Engineer
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:36AM

    Is this guy saying Pakistanis are not brainwashed from believing India is the enemy? Pakistani text books teach their children ” Hindus are enemies of Islam ” whereas I didn’t find anything of that sort in our text books. Well Shah is in Pakistan obviously he will say what sounds music to Pakistani ears. So no further comments. Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2015 - 11:49AM

    Hi. We were always told that it was India that attacked us and you were told that it was us. People can overcome such animosity. We cant keep living in the past. many countries which were enemies in the past ave moved on. US, Japan, Germany and so many others. What Naseeruddin Shah is doing, he’s strengthening the bridge between the people. If you come to Pakistan you will know how much people love a common person from India. They will go out of their ways to make you feel like a king. Lets break this invisible wall. If we cant be best of friends lets not be enemies either. CheersRecommend

  • Hammad Afzal
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:50AM

    There is a great deal of curiosity and admiration in Pakistan for what India has achieved. Really? :ORecommend

  • Mohan
    Mar 25, 2015 - 12:11PM

    Mr Naseeruddin Shah should know that Indian schools dont even mention Pakistan in their books while Pak books are full of hatred for IndiaRecommend

  • Milind
    Mar 25, 2015 - 12:32PM

    @Shahid – “e were always told that it was India that attacked us and you were told that it was us. People can overcome such animosity”

    There’s a difference between you being told bad about us and we being told bad about you.
    In your country your army/establishment & mullahs control the discourse. India on the other hand is reasonably open society and the civilian authority disseminates information to the citizen. Plus media is relatively free. Hence our version of the story would carry more weight.
    People can overcome animosity – the only difference is that your country should come out of the clutches of the army and embrace democracy.. Its a known fact that 2 democracies rarely go to war with each other.Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 25, 2015 - 12:35PM

    This is what I would call “playing to the gallery”.
    Whatever works for you Shah sb !!Recommend

  • N.Sid
    Mar 25, 2015 - 12:53PM

    @Mohan: This is hoax and a myth about the schools being taught, there is no hatred against India as a nation and of people, in general, on the contrary just go through 15 Indian media channels and 15 Pakistani media channels and you will feel the difference. Indian TV channels is full of bigotry, hatred, jingoism spreading and creating myths and hatred against Pakistan. Also go through the TOI comments and articles also.
    This is one of the reason Indians hatred towards Pakistan is on the rise. As for Mumbai attacks as the reason, Pakistan has suffered more from across the border, including 1971, debacle.
    This is more about, preconceived notions, will actually might change with boundaries being broken through internet/online news channels. This forum is a case in point.Recommend

  • N.Sid
    Mar 25, 2015 - 12:55PM

    This proves N Shah point. Actually you people are taught that schools in Pakistan taught hatred against India.
    Go through any Govt/Private school curriculum and try to find that out. Recommend

  • jawwad
    Mar 25, 2015 - 1:06PM

    well who told you that..i never read anything like that in my text, apart from just one topic in a subject called pakistan studies in which theres a mention of the history the 1965 1971 and 1948 wars with india..dont worry they dont give india much importance unlike your soap opera news channel constant exaggerated babbling about pakistan..Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Mar 25, 2015 - 1:13PM

    Now that Mr. Naseeruddin Shah is in Pakistan, he should read their school History books and compare those with the ones in India. Perhaps he does not consider 26/11 Mumbai attack ever happened.Recommend

  • Appan
    Mar 25, 2015 - 1:22PM

    Politicians of both countries spread hatred for their own benefits. In Pakistan, Mullas, maulvis, Army and terrorists like Lakhwi, Dawood etc who control the Government add fuel to the fire. Citizens of both countries can come together and work together for the benefit of both. Can we come together? In fact, I helped a Pakistani boy who was about to be cheated by a shop keeper in Italy. I looked at it as my duty as a fellow traveler, He was also graceful in accepting my help .
    Naseeruddin Shah to sell his book can say some good things about Pakistan and there is nothing wrong in it. After all that that is what is marketing!!Recommend

  • Sarita Talwai
    Mar 25, 2015 - 1:39PM

    Mr. Shah is peddling his wares. He is the one who is doing the brainwashing. It is unfortunate that a much respected artist has to resort to such gimmicks to sell his book. Indians do not hate Pakistanis. Ask Ali Zafar or Fawad Khan or ATif Aslam or any of the numerous artists who are in India at the time of writing. They would not be winning awards and lucrative deals if we hated them. Yes, we think about Pakistan when we play cricket against each other. Or when Lakhvi gets bail. Or when Peshawar moves us to tears .Or on 26/11. What to do? We are human too. But we do not have a book to sell. So no brainwashing here.Recommend

  • jay verma
    Mar 25, 2015 - 2:19PM

    Shah is one the most secular person, apart of being a great actor he is a good Muslim, a great patriot and thinkable person. Go to YouTube and see his other interview in which he has blasted the very idea of Pakistan. He has many times questioned the need of another country for Muslims and different political party for Muslims. What he has said here is right but the same time there is no denying the fact that the last many governments of Pakistan has brainwashed the mind of Pakistan’s people. Its another story that it has almost perished the once promising country i.e. Pakistan. Nobody can say what is the future of Pakistan. And i think here, we Indian must take lessons from what Mr. Shah has indicated, if we keep hating Pakistan, we would be another “Pakistan”. Recommend

  • Sundar
    Mar 25, 2015 - 2:54PM

    Relax people, he is promoting his book in Pakistan. No Pakistani is being brain washed, no text book in Pakistan is biased. buy his book more, more and more. Yeah Indians are bad, buy more ……Recommend

  • Agreed
    Mar 25, 2015 - 3:08PM

    As a Pakistani, I agree people here do harbour anti-Indian feelings, however at a lower level than Indians. Having lived in Saudi Arabia for 5 years (thereby experiencing Pak & Ind media), I must say that in comparison Pakistani media is less offensive towards Indians than Indian media. As a people, however, in schools, especially, Pakistanis and Indians mix freely as one and no-one has yet criticised the other in an ofensive ethnic way yet as far as I’ve seen.Recommend

  • Hilarious
    Mar 25, 2015 - 3:27PM

    @Sarita Talwai:

    Well said. One look at the respective home pages of Indian newspapers and Pakistani newspapers will give anyone an indication of who is brainwashing whom. India related content comprises 60% of news in Pakistan, whereas Pakistan is considered as a pest in India and is hardly ever covered, except for Peshawar and 26/11 type incidents. You can draw your own conclusions. And yes – we Indians will keep “trolling” on Pakistani sites as we consider it necessary to set the record straight. Recommend

  • Haider
    Mar 25, 2015 - 5:33PM

    Why do Indians think so much about 26/11 why don’t on Samjhauta Express Attack,Raw interference in Baluchistan.. This we are not saying Us Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Indian National Security Advisor Arvind Doval stated….Do you wanna move on or play blame game and Keep trolling…It has been done by both sides in past and Pakistani don’t hate Indians…
    Well said Naseer Sir Indians have been brainwashed by their media who have problems with Deepika’s cleavage and funny politicians who use anti Pakistan campaign and words like “Trigger chale ge” when comes in power say about talks as he also knows Pakistan is not a PalestineRecommend

    Mar 25, 2015 - 6:34PM

    This forum is too much partial —- what I posted 2 hours before having not a single use of any offensive language but had arguments in favour of India, has not been posted as being in favour of India.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 25, 2015 - 7:03PM

    As you can see
    “They love me unconditionally in Pakistan. They are nuts about our stars like Salman and Shah Rukh. But I also sense a reverent affection in Pakistan for actors like me, Om Puri and Farooq Sheikh. I feel very special in Pakistan.”
    that love originates 90% from communal considerations.
    Besides the biggest issue is extermination of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists from 22% of population in 1947 to 1% today.Recommend

  • Syed Nizamudeen S
    Mar 25, 2015 - 7:55PM

    I’m from India. I think It’s no use in finding the degree of faults with each other that who did more harm and who did less. But, we fellow citizens can try to put some effort to bond with each other instead of bashing. Nothing will change a of a sudden. But, we fellow citizens can be the change from what it was before. Recommend

  • Bharat
    Mar 25, 2015 - 8:33PM

    Mr Shah you are an acclaimed actor,perhaps the best we have. I like you immensely.
    Whatever you say has to be valued but i am sure even you will say that every individual has
    his own individuality and thoughts. Just like you have a valid point,so does every other Indian ,Pakistani also has a opinion that matters.

    We have to admit there have been deep problems between Hindus and Muslims that eventually led to partition. These issues have not been settled perhaps due to the deep scars that passed on from centuries. I do not see these issues ever being solved in the history of time.Its not a question of an Indian being wrong or a Pakistani being wrong. The only fact is the acceptance of the unsolvability of the problems between us.Recommend

  • Mohit
    Mar 25, 2015 - 9:02PM

    @Syed Nizamudeen S:
    As they say let’s talk turkey- Can you kindly enlighten me what can be gained from bonding with Pakistan? It’s nothing more than a nuisance to India. Trade is minimal. They won’t even give us MFN status after promising to do so. I can understand improving relations with western world and south east asia, but Pakistan? India should instead focus on improving her economy and make the investment climate more attractive to foreign investors. Recommend

  • In the name of love (what more)
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:45PM

    The fact is that Mumbai, the place where he stays, has a lot of hatred for Pakistan. Go north to Delhi, Punjab and you would see people as welcoming as they are in Lahore. Southern indian states, mumbai and beyond, share absolutely no cultural similarities with pakistan, the way people from Delhi do. Also, not only Pakistanis, Mumbai is unwelcoming, uncourteous and generally has hatred for everyone who isn’t a local.Recommend

  • MG
    Mar 26, 2015 - 2:43AM

    @manish: Soldiers die, because of political reasons. Not because the people want them to die.
    Orders come from top, and they have to be executed. The Pakistani or India public don’t want tension either ways, but peace.Recommend

  • MG
    Mar 26, 2015 - 2:46AM

    @Harshal: It’s a shame when we have so many people like you in our great country, India. We should be looking forward to joining bonds & shaking hands. Not looking back over the grey shaded areas. Politics is dirty, and media is nasty, giving us brain washed products like you. Exactly what Shah was referring to!Recommend

  • Sidster
    Mar 26, 2015 - 7:13AM

    Keep your eyes close and be ignorant. Indian Government expects you to join the Army and not question when you are sent to front line. They are looking for Brain Dead people like you. Good Luck. Recommend

  • Milind
    Mar 26, 2015 - 7:55AM

    @MG – What wrong did Harshal say? Isn’t it a fact that we’ve been subject to back-stabbing and perfidy from our neighbour….
    Its people like you who have their head in clouds, with peace at any cost, that’s a real problem..Recommend

  • Anon
    Mar 26, 2015 - 9:08AM

    Mr. Naseeruddin Shah, If Indians are brain washed into believing Pakistan as enemy, does Pakistan consider India as best friend?… That’s why they are going hungry, eating grass, and piling up nuclear stock as a friendly gesture to India right?…

    I like your Pakistan’s friendly gestures… three wars, Kargil, 26/11, and many more…

    Anyway Indian people respect you as a good actor and a good person… but for gods sake don’t turn into another mahesh bhat…Recommend

  • Indian
    Mar 26, 2015 - 11:44AM


    India did not start any war with Pakistan.. We reacted and sometimes reacted with FORCE sometimes in a loss like Kargil or sometimes leading to bigger losses like independence of east Pakistan…..

    Just one ot two mainstream channels are very virulently anti pakistan.. I believe they are doing it for TRP’s…. unlike Pakistan where children are taught in schoools to hate hindu’s as baniyas and muslim haters ….. Our schools teach glory of sufi spirit and I learnt much about the good things in Islam only from schools…… 2 decades of anti India education and history book torture has lead to a breed of India hating generation of pakistanis and this will only change in next 2 generations reading more from internet and social media and getting to know the reality better……

    By the way… you are a mockery of Indian as you tried an Indian name. Guess they teach you these things in your friday sermons …. Grow up kid and see a beaeutifu lworld outside your BRAIN !!!!!!!Recommend

  • Indian
    Mar 26, 2015 - 12:00PM


    True .. I red more about Pakistan form the internet than from school books…. We just read about some border wars with Pakistan in history book for 1-2 paragraph in all my school life….

    People who live too much in the PAST only think about these insecurities….I think India has a glorious past and will continue to live through its bad history of invasions and butchery by ghazis, durranis, abdalis and moghuls …..Lets forget hte bad parts of history and assimilate the good ones and move forward towards building another glorious round of growth and civilization !!!!! Lets others have and live in their own thinking – about past and future glory….Recommend

  • SEAsian
    Mar 26, 2015 - 12:21PM

    Mir Shah will say anything to make some money. Recommend

  • Maxx.
    Mar 26, 2015 - 5:11PM

    Indians need an enemy to gel in in the nation…this is an old school of thought. There are far too many different ethnic, linguistic, sectarian groups in India, and to get them closer the establishment, the government, the army uses Pakistan as a bogey man…hey look Indians…don’t fight with one another, there is a common enemy and that is…

    And the poor souls fall prey to this tactical, cleverly induced strategy. Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2015 - 5:44PM

    Good sentiments expressed out of ignorance bu a naive artist. He has not read Pakistani text books officially teaching hatred.Recommend

  • Omer
    Mar 26, 2015 - 5:59PM

    @Anon, No we do not consider India the bestest of all our friends and feeling is a mutual on both ends. Naseer-ud-Din shah being an Indian is speaking to the Indian audience, we have misguiding factors here in Pakistan as well into eluding our minds into Indian hatred just the way you have them. And I don’t know where you’re getting your wicked information, We are going hungry? We’re starving? I mean sure, this is good place to state facts but not a place to be joking. Check your poverty rates and compare them to us, Check the UN’s stats and believe you me, much and much more people are dying of hunger and famine in India than in Pakistan. And secondly you spoke about our nukes, dude, What we possess and build, why is that a problem to you? Why are you just magically assuming everything revolves around you? But if that is what you want to talk about, then India got an anti missile tech from Israel because Indian govt knows Pakistan has got a much better missile tech than India so defeat them by anti-missile? sure, then you got a INS carrier which was acquired very much for a surprise attack on Pakistan from the shores. Then Pakistan just recently developed and built it’s first combat drone and just yesterday I read, India is now looking to come into agreement with Russia to build on for India, I mean come on dude get real here. And about your 3 wars, one simple statement or a slog actually by the Kashmiris “Kashmir banega Pakistan” For what good reason are you forcefully occupying Kashmir when they do not want to go with India. Now everyone knows what you “GREAT INDIAN ARMY” is doing there, killing, kidnapping, raping women. It is not a secret buddy, it is/was covered by local and international news. And you 26/11, did your media not unveil the true story behind it? Or maybe were you sleeping when they went on about it for weeks that an Indian army official is the master mind of this incident and it is an inside job? I am sure we all like to blame each other about what happens but the truth is, specially India, their famous line “ISI did it”…. Though for no apparent reason, no evidence, no proof…. But first thing they do is blame Pakistan. I mean dude grow up. The whole world knows what India is doing in Afghanistan, read the washington crime news, watch CIA official’s interview, they are saying that India is sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan through Afghanistan and in India VIA Pakistan. I am sure you must have watched a surgical operation where millions of Indian Rupees and Indian weapons were confiscated from the terrorist, so stop day dreaming. And what your government is doing with Muslims and Christians and Sikhs, apart from a Hindu, no one in India likes you people. Or did you even miss the forceful conversation of Christians and Muslims giving them an option to convert to Hinduism or die? Did you miss the RSS official’s statement where he said by 2021 we will have 100% Hindu India, and your PM belongs to and have been a part of such activity in the past, which also the whole world knows. So quit whining about something that is baseless and not true.
    @Indian, first of all, what I would like to say to you is, before making claims make sure you know the reality. Which means, our books don’t really speak about India or Hinduism either. Just a chapter which explain 2 nation theory and why these two nations could not co-exist. So wherever you heard about our curriculum is false. And yea, they will speak about the Sufi-ism, Nadir Shah and the mughals, why wouldn’t they? They are the one’s who gave you whatever you have today and you’re proud of. Before they came into this region all you guys had was banished temples with naked statues and that is exactly what you would have if it wasn’t for them. On the other hand, given what Hindus are doing today in India itself, they got nothing on Pakistan btw, they are confirming the reality of why people had to leave the Indian rule and make their own country. A muslim congressmen in India spoke to the whole congress saying, the concept of 2 nation theory was the absolute one and we are beginning to understand it now. They foresaw what Hindu nationalists would do to us, so they separated before hand. I mean how shameful is that really? You can check it out, it’s on youtube. So a little words of wisdom, just appreciate what this man is trying to accomplish before throwing in your selfish self and getting into topics that you know little about. And I loved how you gave the guy an advice to get out of his little mind and view the world. But sadly, you didn’t follow your own wisdom and continued to be in your little mind and did what you do best, whine. I am sure you learnt that at amarnath yatra.
    BTW I enjoyed the match toward ;). Recommend

  • amin
    Mar 27, 2015 - 12:26AM

    Brother you started all this when you occupied a Muslim majority state and the stirred trouble in east Pakistan. Recommend

    Mar 28, 2015 - 12:19AM

    You can forget the carnage of Mumbai, but we ordinary people cannot.So dont give sermons about being brainwashed, we know whom to love and whom to hateRecommend

  • Melange
    Mar 29, 2015 - 5:58PM

    He is right about the fact that politicians stir up hatred in the people. This happens in India, in Pakistan, in China, in the US, in Syria, everywhere in the world.
    However, I do not agree when he says Indians are brainwashed. There are over a billion Indians with different cultures, languages, faiths and backgrounds. Surely, not all of them are brainwashed. Unless Mr.Shah is the only intelligent non-brainwashed Indian capable of thinking on his own (If this was the case, then India is in trouble!!).
    What people like Shah do not understand or choose to ignore is that the distrust for Pakistan comes not just from modern history of war and terrorism, but mainly from 400 years of Muslim invasions and brutalities in the sub-continent. Add to that, the reluctance of many Indian muslims to integrate into the mainstream in spite of great efforts from governments and society. This is not limited to the sub-continent either. It can be seen in several countries with Muslim minorities. There is a lot of progress in this regard though and I’m very happy about it.Recommend

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