PinkVilla published a video chat with seasoned actress Ratna Pathak Shah on July 26. During the interview, she stated that India is moving towards more conservative environment that includes operation of women as well. She made an odd remark and specifically mentioned the Hindu festival Karwa Chauth while discussing society and how difficult it is for women in India. Shah made the observation that India is becoming a more conservative society and might resemble Saudi Arabia.

Wife of Naseeruddin Shah who was once a popular actor but now is known as ‘oppressed’ actor after he stated that he feels unsafe in India, said, “Nothing has changed for women, or very little has changed in very crucial areas. Our society is becoming extremely conservative. We’re becoming superstitious, we’re being forced into accepting and making religion a very important part of one’s life. Someone asked me for the first time last year if I’m keeping ‘karwa Chauth ka vrat (observing karwa Chauth)’. I said, ‘Am I mad?”

She further added, “Isn’t it appalling that modern educated women do karwa Chauth, praying for the lives of husbands so that they can have some validity in society? A widow in the Indian context is a horrible situation, isn’t it? So anything that keeps me away from widowhood. Really? In the 21st century, we are talking like this? Educated women are doing this.”

According to alleged feminazi icon, Ratna Pathak Shah, there’s no scope for woman in India as it is immitating Saudi which is known for its conservatism and oppression of women. She said, “Look at all the conservative societies in this world. Women are the ones who are most affected. What’s the scope of women in Saudi Arabia? Do we want to become like Saudi Arabia? And we will become because it’s very, very convenient. Women provide a lot of unpaid labor within the home. If you have to pay for that labor, who will do it? Women are forced into that situation.”

She asserted that advertisements for Astrology and Vastu are evidence that India was moving toward conservatism. She also referred to the proliferation of godmen like Nityananda in order to illustrate her worries about India’s trend toward conservatism.

Additionally, she discussed Dhaborkar’s homicide and the delay in the case’s trial, she said, “When a rationalist like Dhaborkar gets killed in broad daylight, and nothing can be done about it. His trial is still going on. We are moving towards an extremely conservative society.”

Meanwhile Bollywood which is itself indulged in labelling others on the basis of religion, caste, creed and complexion, is teaching modernity to others. Bollywood movies which glorify criminals in its films and show state machinery as a villian for the ‘oppressed’ criminal is teaching morality to others.

The same celebraties chose to zip their mouth when a gross matter is highlighted from another group that is pampered alleged minority of India. May it be hijab issue, FGM issue, tripal talaq, love jihad, these Bollywood celebs do not dare to speak.

Coming to Ratna’s comment on India ‘being like’ Saudi, has she ever seen a woman stoned to death in public view because she didn’t do ghoonghat? Or killed because she refused to do Karwa Chauth? We all know the answer.

Will the wife of Naseeruddin Shah, who gained popularity among Hindu audience and yet feels unsafe among Hindu people will ever explain the recent murders in India that include Kanahiya lal and state whether it is conservatism or what? Will she explain the slogans such as “Sar Tab Se Juda” which are used before murdering the Hindu people nowadays is a part of conservatism or not? If yes, then why no word on it?


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