Ready to enter politics : Prakash Rai
Bengaluru : " I do not have any political aspirations. But, if pressurised I am ready to plunge into politics. It has its own responsibilities and I would not like to shrug them off," said noted multi-lingual actor Prakash Rai.
He was speaking after receiving the Man of the year Award conferred on him by the Press Club here on December 31, Sunday. "Karnataka's capital Bengaluru is also known as Bendakaluru. No scope must be given for peace disruptors to have their way here. No scope must also be given to those who do not belong here to come here and rule us. We must question them and crush the forces that disrupt peace by passing information about them" said Prakash.
"I was disturbed after journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder. It brought much changes in me. Later I began to speak not just as an actor but as a citizen of this nation. Several have criticised me, some even personally,. I do not differentiate between anyone. I have raised several questions through the hash tag Just Asking. I am not in favour of any party," Prakash Rai clarified.
"I have got wealth, success and everything in life. I have raised my conscience through my interactions with my Gurus- Lankesh, Tejaswi and others. This is why I am questioning the present state of affairs," said Rai.
"Today India is haunted by casteist politics. There is dictatorship in a democratic land. Everyone must raise voice against it. Even journalists are living in an atmosphere of fear. Efforts are underway to silence the voices of journalists who raise voice against injustice, oppression and dictatorship. Therefore, as an artiste I am responding to the society. Everyone must fight against injustice," Prakash Rai said.