Daily lives have been severely affected in Indian state Maharashtra after a widespread Bandh organised by Dalit groups was staged in Pune and several parts of Mumbai. Film celebrities like Rahul Dholakia, Anubhav Sinha and Vishal Dadlani have condemned the Maharashtra shutdown called by some Dalit parties.
Angry Dalits staged rail, road blockades and took out processions here and in different parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday to protest against violence in Pune a day before which left one youth dead. They called for a state-wide shutdown on Wednesday.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit tweeted: "Film and TV shootings have come to a halt at Film City, Madh and other locations as the unit members couldn't reach the sets and due to fear of violence. Sad."
Do these stone pelters, who r burning buses look oppressed to u? 70 yrs of independence & almost 40-50yrs of reservation & if they’re still oppressed then no one can help them.#Ambedkar was a #Dalit but he didn't burn buses to be heard. If 70yrs ago he could, then they can too.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 3, 2018
#MaharashtraCasteClash is not a struggle for the upliftment of #Dalits but a struggle for relevance in the #2019Elections. The #HardikPatels & #Mevanis of the country, all strive just a year before the elections. It is a tool of staying relevant in times of obscurity.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 3, 2018
Two film-related events were also cancelled -- one for "My Birthday Song" and another for "Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety".
Here's what other celebrities have tweeted:
Rahul Dholakia: Caste Politics, Hindu-Muslim politics -- and class politics -- will eventually destroy India. The power to rule is dangerous! Cinema doesn't kill, politics does.
Caste Politics, Hindu-Muslim politics- and Class politics - will eventually Destroy India. The Power to rule is dangerous!! CINEMA doesn't Kill Politics Does !— rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) January 2, 2018
Anubhav Sinha: I don't know how to explain to younger ones what happened in Maharashtra today. What should I tell them so they understand. They want to know.
The only good outcome of the tragedies for the past two days in Maharashtra is that People are now openly criticizing 'Divisive Politics'.— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) January 3, 2018
Pulkit Samrat: And now the mortals of same faith fight over caste! We can find a reason. Always! Sigh! Maharashtra Bandh.
And now the mortals of same faith fight over caste! We can find a reason. Always! Sigh....!! #MaharashtraBandh— Pulkit Samrat (@PulkitSamrat) January 3, 2018
Akshara Haasan: People in eastern suburbs and eastern Mumbai please be inside your homes. Please be safe, smart and careful. Avoid Chembur naka. Dadar, Kurla and many other stations affected. Mulund is shut down.
People In eastern suburbs and eastern Mumbai please be inside your homes.Please be safe,smart & careful.avoid Chembur naKa. Dadar,Kurla & many other stations affected. Mulund is shut down.— Kutty Haasan (@aksharahaasan1) January 2, 2018
Vishal Dadlani: Caste and religion are truly the most despicable, most "anti-national" divisions among people. May all those who seek to divide humanity along these stupid and outdated lines, suffer untold miseries in both life and death.
Caste & Religion are truly the most despicable, most "anti-national" divisions among people. May all those who seek to divide humanity along these stupid and outdated lines, suffer untold miseries in both life and death.— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) January 2, 2018
Farah Khan Ali: The New Year begins with riots in Pune and now Mumbai. Why are people always pointing out to differences in each other. Why can't one celebrate uniqueness in each other. Why should one caste be above anyone? Why can't all be equal? Get a life people. Don't take a life
Politics of divide & rule-If u make ppl uniform,u can control them.If u teach ppl 2 read,think &quesn things,u lose control.So d best idea is 2“separate”ppl if u wish 2 maintain a monetary system.Its called divide & conquer.By dividing ppl u can control them & they r not a threat— Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli) January 2, 2018
(With IANS Inputs)