Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman on Tuesday said the intolerance debate in India was becoming “chaotic”, adding “we should set an example by resorting to non-violent ways to protest”.
“Any type of revolt should be classical. It is becoming very chaotic. People are hitting each other. We should set an example because we come from the land of Mahatma Gandhi. We have shown the world how all revolution can be done without violence,” Rahman was quoted IANS.
However, PTI quoted him as saying that Rahman found the protests against intolerance poetic.
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s intolerance comments created a stir in the society with sections of political parties criticising him, and some supporting him.
Aamir had shared that his wife Kiran Rao suggested leaving India in the face of intolerance. The comments came after Shah Rukh Khan also faced public wrath over his “extreme intolerance” comment. He was termed a “Pakistani agent”.
Rahman, known as the ‘Mozart of Madras’, had also faced religious resistance over his “decision” to compose the music of “Muhammad: The Messenger of God”.
The artist with international recognition said: “I have gone through something similar sometime ago. And I then also mentioned that nothing should be violent.”
“We all are ultra civilised people. It is a chaotic protest . We should show to the world that we are one of the most civilised culture,” he said while addressing a session at the annual film market.
When asked if Muslims are unsafe in the country, he said, “I am not in the state of mind to answer this question.”
Rahman also welcomed music maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s suggestion to the government that music should be made compulsory in schools, saying it helps people to become more compassionate.
“I support him (Ilaiyaraaja) that’s what has been my theory of life is. If a person knows music, it goes into the soul and triggers empathy and that’s very important. The person becomes compassionate.”