Actor Prakash Raj has threatened to return his five National Awards and condemned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on certain sections “celebrating” the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh on social media.
“Those who killed Gauri may or may not be traced but that apart, there is a huge crowd out there enjoying and celebrating on social media. We all know who they are, what their ideology is. Some of those celebrating this ghastly episode are being followed by none other than Mr Modi himself. This is what worries me, where is our country is headed to?” Deccan Chronicle quoted him as saying at the 11th state meet of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) in Bangalore.
He went on to say that he would return his awards. “I say you keep it. I don’t want the awards. Don’t tell me that good days will come,” he said at the event.
He went on to condemn the PM according to a News Minute report, “I am a renowned actor, do you (Modi) think I will not be able to detect when you are acting. At least show me some respect, considering the fact that I am an actor and I will be able to tell what is the truth and what is acting.”
He went on to say that he was “worried about the PM’s silence”. Lankesh was murdered near her Bengaluru home on September 5. Raj was a close friend of the journalist and an ardent admirer of her father, P Lankesh.