Javed Akhtar slams social media user for calling him ‘traitor’s son’

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New Delhi. Noted screenwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar hit out at a social media user for calling him a “traitor’s son”, saying his family has been part of the Indian freedom movement since the time of the 1857 revolt.
Akhtar’s comment came in response to a sarcasm made by a social media user on a post in which he commented on the chances of US President Joe Biden’s re-election.

Akhtar wrote on ‘X’, “I am a proud Indian citizen and will remain so till my last breath, but I have one thing in common with Joe Biden. We both have equal chances of becoming the next President of America.” The social media user had commented on Akhtar’s post and called him the “son of a traitor” who divided the country on religious grounds.

Akhtar, known for his outspoken views on a variety of subjects, responded to the user on Saturday, saying, “It is difficult to decide whether you are completely ignorant or completely stupid.” He said, “My family has been involved in the freedom movement since 1857 and has gone to jail and Kalapani, when probably your forefathers were licking the feet of the British government.” Javed Akhtar (79) is the son of writer-lyricist-poet Jan Nisar Akhtar and writer Safia Siraj-ul Haq. Jan Nisar Akhtar was an active part of the Progressive Writers Movement in pre-Partition British India.

Javed Akhtar’s great-grandfather Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi was a freedom fighter who took part in the 1857 rebellion against the rule of the British East India Company. Khairabadi was imprisoned for life in the Cellular Jail known as Kalapani on the Andaman Islands where he died in 1864.

Javed Akhtar wrote on ‘X’ that former US First Lady Michelle Obama can “save America” ​​from Biden’s Republican rival in the upcoming election, former President Donald Trump. He said, “I have expressed my opinion many times before and still maintain that only Michelle Obama can save America from Trump.”

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