Another popular celebrity has supported the government’s move on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The former India cricketer and current Team India coach Ravi Shastri who is in his second stint as the coach of the national men’s cricket team asked the people of India to be patient and said that there are benefits in the long run when asked to comment about the issues surrounding CAA during an interview.
Ravi Shastri on CAA
In a live discussion with CNN-News18, Shastri forced his weight behind the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by asking people to think like an Indian and trust that the central government must have given enough attention to the issues before going ahead with the bill.
“When I was 18 years of age, I played for India, so I reflect Indian. I don’t think what society, this or that because in my company also there were all kinds. Different castes, different religions,” Shastri told.
The 57-year-old said he is convinced that the government has thought into the decision to introduce the law.
#ShazOnNews18 – I am sure there are benefits coming our way, Govt must have thought about it. Don’t look at religion, 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻. There are plenty of positives to come, just be patient: @RaviShastriOfc tells @AnchorAnandN on #CitizenshipAmendmentAct. pic.twitter.com/JRABiyMe2T
— News18 (@CNNnews18) January 10, 2020
‘People to be patient’-Shastri
Ravi Shastri asserts people to be patient as he feels lots of positives coming out of it in the long run. He also asked citizens to think like an Indian and divide oneself with a different community.
The head coach believes that the government has thought carefully about the law before implementing it. “It is for the interest of India, for the benefit of Indians. I am arguing as an Indian here,” he added.
On then being asked to say something on the widespread fear on some people being marked as Indian and others as non-Indians, Shastri said.
“I have never done an in-depth analysis. I am speaking what I believe. I am not talking about any religion because I am articulating as an Indian. That’s who I have been, I realized it, even further, when I played for the country. Thus, I have the freedom to speak as an Indian,” he said.
Previously, Indian captain, Virat Kohli was urged to comment on the protests against CAA and he decided to not give an estimation on the matter mentioning lack of knowledge.
“About the issue, I do not want to be irresponsible and speak on something that has, you know, radical opinions on both sides. Hence, I would not wish to get associated in something that I don’t have total information of and it’s not going to be responsible on my part to comment on,” Kohli had responded.
Speaking on Dhoni’s future the head coach revealed that he spoke to MS and he believes he may hang his boots from ODI but, he may continue with the shorter format (T20) only if he has done well in the IPL.