DAYS after Bollywood veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah found himself embroiled in a major controversy over his remark's on the growing intolerance in India, he once again raised questions if  stifling of freedom of expression and human rights is upholding the values of the Indian Constitution.

In a video released by human rights organisation Amnesty India, Shah criticses the government's crackdown on human rights activists last year.

Shah says, ''From the beginning, the Constitution's core values aimed at ensuring social, economic and political justice for all Indian citizens. It provided for everyone to have liberty of thought, expression, faith and worship and for everyone to be treated equally.''

''Those who fight for justice, human rights and raises their voices against corruption are in fact protecting our Constitutional rights. But now, those who are fighting for our rights are being locked up in jails. Artists, actors, scholars and poets, all are being stifled. Journalists, too are being silenced.''

Shah was referring to the arrests of five right activists for their alleged involvement in the Bhima-Koregaon violence of January 1, 2018.

The Mahrashtra police arrested prominent activists and poets Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha lat year, triggering a huge controversy with Opposition saying the government was trying to stifle voices of dissent.

Shah himself has recently stoked a controversy after he said that he fears for his children living in today's India.

He also expressed concerns about the Bulandshahr violence and said that authorities were more concerned about cows instead of human lives  being lost in clashes. Soon his comments opened a barrage of criticism, with some calling the veteran actor  anti-national. [Agencies]

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