Bengaluru: Renowned Hindi lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar has said that he was ashamed about the fact that a statue of Jesus Christ was removed from a location near Bengaluru city.
Commenting on the religious statue’s removal, Akhtar took to Twitter and said, “Although I am an Athiest I hang my head in shame as an Indian that near Banglore a statue of Jesus was removed with a crane by the police following the orders of Karnataka Govt.”
Highlighting India’s religious diversity and tolerance, Akhtar tweeted, “The first church made in India (out of Portuguese territories) was in Agra during Akbar ‘s regime with his permission and blessings.”
It can be recalled that government authorities had ordered the removal of the Jesus Christ statue, along with the 14 Stations of the Cross, from Devanahalli area near the city.
The tehsildar who took the decision had said that the location of the statue had been allotted for a burial ground, but not for any particular community.
However, the Archbishop of Bangalore has criticised the move to unceremoniously remove the statue and termed it “unacceptable”.