Javed Akhtar has recently been criticized for his views in the Shiv Sena sponsored newspaper Saamana. Akhtar said “As a matter of fact, there are a lot of similarities. While the Taliban is forming an Islamic government based on religion, the Hindu right-wing wants a Hindu Rashtra. The Taliban wants to curb women’s rights and put them on the margin, the Hindu right-wing has also made it clear that they don’t like the freedom of women and girls.” This was not taken well by a lot of people.
However, Akhtar, later on, tried to clear out his views. He said in an interview “Actually, in the recent interview, I have said ‘Hindus are the most decent and tolerant majority in the world. I have repeated this time and again and also emphasized that India can never become like Afghanistan because Indians by nature are not extremists. It is in their DNA to be moderate, to keep to the middle of the road.”
The comparison to the Shiv Sena or other right-wing political parties to the Taliban had offended a lot of people even. They had criticized Akhtar for not being able to understand the real problems in Afghanistan. However, the Shiv Sena had gone to publish the article by Akhtar as they thought it does bring valuable points. They are open to criticism.