Famed Bollywood actor Prakash Raj on Sunday said it is time for the dispensation at New Delhi to listen to what Kashmiris have been saying so that a consensus is arrived at over the issue.
Raj, who won accolades for his role as ‘Gani Bhai’ in Salman Khan starrer ‘Wanted’ and another movie ‘Singham’ starring Ajay Devgan, in which he played the role of ‘Jaikanth Shikreyi’, made these remarks during an interaction-cum-meeting held at the office of Shah Faesal-led Jammu and Kashmir People Movement.
“Ek hi line hai.Bolna band karo, sunna suroo karo. Kashmir ko suno. Logoon ko suno (There is one line. Stop saying, start listening. Listen to Kashmir. Listen to its people). Don’t decide,” Raj said.
Raj added: “Inka samsiya kya hai? (What is their problem?) What do they want? Arrey aap suntaihee nahin hai? (You are not listening). That is where the problem lies. Listen to Kashmir. Listen how you listen to a river? How you listen to birds? In the same way listen to people of Kashmir. It’s theirs. Listen to them.”
Raj, who has been in Kashmir shooting for his upcoming Telugu movie, said he found people of Kashmir charming and loving, which is totally opposite of the picture being portrayed outside.
“Whole country has to just listen. I see so much of love here. What we get down south is totally different, a complete different image. I don’t see any hatred here. Isn’t it? I have actually come to listen to Kashmir,” he said.
He said it is time to shun “military approach” on Kashmir and instead adopt an approach of listening to the voices from Kashmir.
“Why are we on hearsay? Why does anything catch fire so easily? Now Modijee’s government has come, I would like to have an effort being made to first hear Kashmiris. First listen. You just cannot say this is the solution,” said Raj and added that in a situation that prevails in Kashmir you cannot “have arrogance to thrust a solution”. “First you need to have the humbleness to listen. You are not listening. I would like people here coming… Let’s be human”.
Raj, who recently lost LS election from Karnataka, said it is time for people to stay united to make the government accountable as citizens and taxpayers of the country.
“We are the eternal opposition. Because it is our money, it is our country, it is our tax money which we are paying. We need accountability. We need transparency,” he said.
He added: “We need to be governed, administered. We need not to be ruled. Nothing can be forced on us. There should be a consensus. The whole concept of Indian democracy cannot be a judicial democracy. It is more federal in nature. So, we need to listen to people. And we need to know how we elect our representatives. I have been always saying that don’t look at political parties, look at your representatives who will represent you. Does he know your issues? Does he have a vision for your issues?”