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Javed Akhtar respects feminist-secularist Trupti Desai

Lyricist-poet posts intriguing tweet on women’s rights activist who is demanding equal rights for women at all religious places

Mayur Lookhar

Javed Akhtar

Writer, lyricist and former Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar took to socal media on Friday to express his views on the controversy surrounding women’s rights activist Trupti Desai, who has been fighting against the discrimination that women have to face at various religious places.

Akhtar tweeted the following early in the morning: Being against discrimination She doesn't discriminate even between a temple and a Dargah. My salute to feminist secularist Trupti Desai — Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) April 29, 2016

Akhtar’s tweet triggered mixed responses with some lauding the Padma Bhushan awardee for speaing up on the sensitive issue while others condemned him for ignoring religious sentiments.

For the record, Trupti Desai’s march to Haji Ali was defeated after she was turned away from Mumbai’s famous dargah. Desai then proceeded to the chief minister’s residence but was detained by police.

Desai is president of a social organisation called the Bhumata Ranragini Brigade. Earlier, she had successfully broken age-old traditions at the Shani temple at Shingnapur in Ahmednagar district and at the Trimbakeshwar temple near Nashik.

Javed Akhtar has always taken a stand on national and social issues. In his final speech in the Rajya Sabha, he hit out at Asaduddin Owaisi of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, or MIM, who opposed the slogan Bharat Mata Ki Jai. At the same time, he also lambasted those who say, "Muslim have only two abodes – kabrastan (cemetery) or Pakistan.”