Violence in the name of religion is a sin: Sai Pallavi clarifies remark on ‘genocide of Kashmiri pundits’

Actor Sai Pallavi said on Saturday that his recent remarks drawing a comparison between the genocide of Kashmiri pundits in the 1990s and recent mob lynching incidents were taken out of context.

The 30-year-old actress is currently in the midst of a controversy over remarks she made during an interview on a Telugu YouTube channel ahead of her film’s release. Virata Parvam.

Pallavi, who works in the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam film industries, shared a video on Instagram to clarify his comments and said his intention was not to downplay a tragedy.

“In a recent interview, I was asked if I was a leftist or a rightist. I made it clear that I believe I am neutral. We must first be good human beings before we identify with our beliefs. The oppressed must be protected at all costs,” she said in the video.

The actress said she saw filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri The Kashmir Files three months ago and was troubled by the ‘plight’ of the Kashmiri pundits shown in the film.

“I remember telling him (Agnihotri) that I was troubled to see the plight of people at that time. And being someone that I am, I would never minimize a tragedy like genocide and generations of people who are still affected by it,” Pallavi added.

At the same time, the actress said she ‘could never come to terms with the Covid-era mob lynching incident’ and was ‘shaken’ by it for days.

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“I believe violence in any form is wrong and violence in the name of any religion is a huge sin,” Pallavi said.

In his comments during the interview, which also allegedly got the actor into legal trouble in Hyderabad, Pallavi spoke about The Kashmir Files and compared it to recent incidents of lynching suspected cow smugglers.

“The film, The Kashmir Files, shows how Kashmiri Pandits were killed. Recently there was an incident where a person was killed for carrying a cow because he was suspected of being a Muslim. After killing the person, the assailants waved “Jai Shri Ram” slogans. Where is the difference between what happened in Kashmir and what happened recently?” she asked.

In his tune-up, the actor, known for films like Premam, Maari 2 and Shyam Singha Roysaid it was extremely disturbing to see many people justifying the mob lynching incident online.

“I don’t think any of us have the right to take another’s life. Being a medical school graduate, I think all lives are equal and all lives are important,” the actor added. .

Pallavi further stated that she hopes that in the future no one in the country will be “afraid of their identity”.

“I hope a day doesn’t come where a child is born and they’re scared of their identity. And I pray that we’re not heading towards that, at least. Fourteen years of my life, my school life , I remember going to school every day and singing, “All Indians are my brothers and sisters…

“As children, we would never differentiate ourselves based on culture, caste or religion. So every time I speak it comes from very neutral ground,” she added. .

Pallavi went on to express her disappointment at the relentless online trolling she was subjected to after the interview.

“I was very surprised that everything I said was taken in a completely different way.”

The actor also thanked those “who have supported me these past few days”.

“I felt like they knew me for who I am. So thank you so much for making me feel like I wasn’t alone,” she said.

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