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'Javedsaab is not joining Politics'

By SUBHASH K JHA
June 23, 2021 13:40 IST
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'Shabana Azami and Javed Akhtar believe that joining a political party is putting fetters on the individual's ideology because the political party's truth becomes the individual's truth.'

IMAGE: Javed Akhtar, second from right, at the meeting at Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi, June 22, 2021. Photograph: PTI Photo
 

There has been much speculation about poet-thinker-screenwriter-activist Javed Akhtar joining hands with Sharad Pawar for a third front.

A meeting hosted by Pawar on Tuesday afternoon attended by Javedsaab further fuelled the speculation of a political alliance.

A source very close to Javedsaab demolishes all speculation regarding his political indoctrination.

Says the source, "Yes, he was invited by Sharad Pawarji for a meeting on Tuesday with an offer to form a new political alliance. Javed has been meeting with Sharad Pawar along with like-minded academicians and intellectuals to discuss issues that confront the nation."

"The discussions aimed to rise above party politics. Javed had no idea that these discussion with Sharad Pawarji were in the media glare. However he is not joining any political alliance."

The source further clarifies that neither Javed not his wife Shabana Azmi believe in active politics.

"They both believe that joining a political party is putting fetters on the individual's ideology because the political party's truth becomes the individual's truth."

Javed Akhtar also told a friend that politics is a compromise.

"His autonomy and freedom are most important to him. He is respected for his intellect and he wishes to remain non-partisan," Javedsaab's friend tells Rediff.com Senior Contributor Subhash K Jha.

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