New Delhi, May 28: National award-winning Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah thinks the citizens of the country should give more time to the Narendra Modi government before arriving at opinions on it.
In a recent interview, the 66-year old actor said that the government is not "stupid" enough to turn the nation back to the "dark ages". However at the same time, the actor also expressed shock over the recent changes made in school textbooks.
"People are taking decisions and making perceptions too fast. I think we should give the government more time. But, there are a few things that make me concerned---like the kind of alterations made in textbooks. Those are the things to worry about", Shah, who was in the Capital on Friday to promote his latest film Waiting, said.
"Not for anything else but to at least be in power. I am not giving up hope. If we do so, it means we have lost the battle," he added.
Shah's remarks came at a time when the NDA government at the Centre is celebrating its second anniversary in office.
Shah takes on Anupam Kher
The actor also took potshots at his Bollywood colleague and veteran actor Anupam Kher who has been vocal in favour of the Kashmiri Pandits of late.
"A person who has never lived in Kashmir has started a fight for Kashmiri Pandits. Suddenly, he became a displaced person", Shah said about his A Wednesday co-star .
Kher was quick in replying to Shah's remarks. "Shah Saab ki Jai Ho. By that logic, the NRIs should not think about India at all," Kher said on Twitter.
Shah supports Javed Akhtar
Shah also supported lyricist Javed Akhtar's statements during his farewell speech in Rajya Sabha saying nobody has the right to question a person's love for their motherland.
"I am sad that statements like these are made and not condemned. Like Javed Sahab said, it is his right to say Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai. I will say it out of my choice and not because somebody has asked me to. Nobody has the right to question my love for the country," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)