After meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar stated that there is a need for ‘parivartan’ (change), claiming that Bengal has historically led “revolutionary movements.”
Lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar and actor Shabana Azmi met with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee in Delhi and discussed the need for “parivartan” (transformation), stating Bengal has historically led “revolutionary movements.”
They met with Banerjee to “thank” her for backing a bill that assures royalty for artists.
The lyricist said that Bengal has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to revolutionary movements, which is why the state’s artists and intellectuals supported Banerjee.
Asked whether there was a need for change, Akhtar said, “I can’t speak for everyone, but I believe there should be ‘parivartan’. There are many tensions in the country right now, there is the issue of polarisation, many give aggressive statements… there are incidents of violence. It’s a shame that Delhi witnessed communal riots. These things should not happen.”
In response to a question about whether Banerjee should lead the opposition against the BJP, Akhtar stated that during his discussions with her, she never expressed any desire to lead an opposition front.
“However, she believes in parivartan. She fought for Bengal earlier, now she wants to fight for India,” Javed Akhtar said.
“The important question is not who will lead and who won’t. The important question is what kind of India do you want and the kind of tradition, atmosphere, freedom and democracy do you want. We are proud that we have a democracy but we should strive to make it better… Democracy is a constant process. It is not static, it’s dynamic,” he said.
Asked to comment on the now-viral slogan of “Khela Hobe [game is on]”, Akhtar said that the slogan did not need any endorsement anymore. It is beyond any discussion now.”
Banerjee, who was standing silently as Akhtar spoke, quipped, “Khela hobe se aapko ek gaan banana hai [you have to compose a song on khela hobe].”
The chief minister arrived in the national capital on Monday for a five-day visit, her first since being re-elected for a third time.
She is scheduled to leave the city on Friday afternoon.
Source: India Today