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Javed Akhtar faces heat for Taliban-RSS remark

Javed Akhtar faces heat for Taliban-RSS remark
Police stepped up security outside his Mumbai home as Shiv Sena and VHP slammed the poet for his comment

Javed Akhtar faces heat for Taliban-RSS remark Police stepped up security outside his Mumbai home as Shiv Sena and VHP slammed the poet for his comment Javed Akhtar File picture | Mumbai | Published 06.21, 10:34 PM Lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar on Monday came under attack from the Shiv Sena and the VHP for his comments that appear to equate the RSS and other right-wing outfits with the Taliban, a militant group that has seized power in Afghanistan, while police stepped up security outside his Mumbai home.Referring to his remarks, the editorial said, "Even though Javed Akhtar is a secular man and speaks against fundamentalism, he is completely wrong in comparing the RSS with the Taliban.As Akhtar faced heat, police stepped up security outside his residence in Mumbai.

The ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, a former ally of the BJP, on Monday came out in defence of the Nagpur-headquartered Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and dubbed Akhtar''s comments as "completely wrong"."You can have differences with the RSS, but to call their philosophy Talibani is completely wrong," the Marathi daily added.

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