Sai Pallavi gives justification after controversy over her comments about Kashmir Files: ‘I would never belittle a tragedy’

Actress Sai Pallavi issued a clarification after her statements about the 1990s exodus of Kashmiri Pandits went viral and transformed into a controversy. The actor had expressed her concerns about the violence in the name of religion and had said that while the exodus was wrong, so was cow vigilantism. This comment of hers led to a furore online among many, who said that she was demeaning the Kashmiri Pandit tragedy.

The actress took to Instagram and explained that she would never belittle the tragedy, stating that she was trying to say that violence of all kinds was a sin.

Pallavi said, “This is the first time that I am getting in touch with all to clarify something and I think this will be the first time that I will be thinking twice before I speak my heart because I am anxious that my words might be misinterpreted. So forgive me, if I take longer than usual to communicate my thoughts. In a recent interview, I was asked whether I was the supporter of the Left or the Right Wing and I clearly stated that I believe I am neutral and we need to be good human beings first before we identify ourselves with our beliefs. And the oppressed need to be protected at any cost,”

“I don’t think any of us has the right to take another person’s life. Being a medical graduate, I believe that all lives are equal and all lives are important. I hope the day does not come when a child is born and he or she is scared of his or her identity. I pray we are not heading towards that,” she added.

“The Kashmiri Files showed how Kashmiri Pandits were killed at the time. If you are taking the issue as a religious conflict, recently a Muslim driver, who was transporting cows, was beaten up and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram.’ So where’s the difference between these two incidents? We have to be good human beings. If we are good ones, we won’t hurt others. To answer your question, justice won’t be there either on the side of the right or the left, if you are not a good human being. I’m very neutral.” she finally concluded.