Renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana said Prime Minister Narendra Modi could “feel the pain” of Dalits but was “unable to hear the outcry” of Muslims.
“Our Prime Minister can see as well as feel the pain of Dalits. But he is unable to hear and feel the outcry of Muslims, who are living in extreme and pitiable condition,” he said.
The poet through his ‘shayaris’ (couplets), on Thursday, at the All India Mushayare in Varanasi urged for amicable relationships between India and Pakistan.
“There should be cultural exchanges. We must allow Pakistani artistes to at least perform in India. Let us keep our hopes alive for amicable relationship between the two countries,” he said indicating at the tensions on the Indo-Pak border.
“The Indian Army should be kept separate from politics.
The Army should not be used for political gains,” he demanded.
Expressing his views on police encounters, he said, “Most are fake, only in rare cases these encounters are genuine.”
“Earlier the police charged innocent people with possessing illegal weapons, possessing narcotics or intoxicants. Now they are being framed for spreading terrorism,” he alleged in the backdrop of the recent encounter of eight SIMI activists in Bhopal.
Rana said he still stood-by his words on not accepting any “awards or recognition from the government”.
“Returning awards over rising intolerance in the country was the right decision by Indian writers, poets and academicians,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)