Source: News Bharati English16 Mar 2016 15:34:05

New Delhi, March 16: Poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar took a dig at AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on his comment about denial to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jay’ as it is not stipulated by Constitution. Speaking at the farewell speech at Rajya Sabha, Akhtar said, “I don’t even want to know if chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is my duty. It is, in fact, my right to do so.”

Akhtar also said that "If the argument against shouting the slogan is that the Constitution does not stipulate it, the same can be applied to the sherwani."Does Constitution stipulate that one should wear sherwani?" he asked.

Reciting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' a few times, Akhtar condemned Owaisi as well as ' Musalman Ke Do Sthaan: Kabristan ya Pakistan' - the other slogan he said is often raised frequently in few Indian cities. Akhtar asked should India become like countries where people are hanged in the name of religion or should we become a nation where a movie like the 'Last Temptation of Christ' can be made?

Akhtar said protecting secularism is not about protecting one community or the other. "We need to protect secularism because there cannot be democracy without it. I believe this is our greatest achievement." On religious freedom he said, “These days, they call fringe, it is growing day by day. This is not required."