Why Shabana and Saif couldn’t buy an apartment

Shabana Azmi, five-time national award winning actor turned parliamentarian, in an interview with Karan Thapar‘s Devil’s Advocate for CNN-IBN:

# “I could not buy a flat in Bombay because I am a Muslim. If Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar cannot buy a flat because of their religion, what are we talking about? The same happened to actor Saif Ali Khan.”

# “Indian Muslims are in a safer place because the Indian Muslim has a stake and space in Indian democracy…. It’s a very huge thing that we are a part of a democracy and Indian Muslims can aspire to become a Shah Rukh Khan or an Irfan Pathan or the President of India, and that makes the Muslims far more hopeful and far less in despair than in other parts of the world.”

# “Politicians promote a stereotypical image of the Muslim community. They don’t allow moderate, liberal Muslim voices to be heard. Whether it is Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whether it is Indira Gandhi, whether it is anybody, the minute it is a Muslim question, you will get the dariwaralas and only all the maulvis to speak.”

# “The polity is unfair to Muslims. So what happens is that only token gestures are made, but real issues are never addressed, as the Rajinder Sachar Committee report shows.”

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