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Prakash Raj lashes out at Modi for silence over Gauri Lankesh murder; threatens to return National Awards
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Prakash Raj lashes out at Modi for silence over Gauri Lankesh murder; threatens to return National Awards



Actor Prakash Raj has threatened to return his five National Awards and condemned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on certain sections "celebrating” the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh on social media.
 
Speaking after inaugurating the 11th state meet of the Democratic Youth Federation of India here, he said, "Those who killed Gauri may or may not be traced but that apart, there is a huge crowd out there enjoying and celebrating on social media. We all know who they are, what their ideology is. Some of those celebrating this ghastly episode are being followed by none other than Mr Modi himself. This is what worries me, where is our country is headed to?”
 
He went on to say that he would return his awards. "I say you keep it. I don’t want the awards. Don’t tell me that good days will come,” he said at the event.
 
He went on to condemn the PM according to a News Minute report, "I am a renowned actor, do you (Modi) think I will not be able to detect when you are acting. At least show me some respect, considering the fact that I am an actor and I will be able to tell what is the truth and what is acting.”
 
He said that Modi by remaining silent on his followers’ actions, was only proving a point that "he is trying to become a bigger actor than me”. 

"I am worried about the PM’s silence. Is he trying to endorse cruelty espoused by some of his followers,” he questioned angrily and added that he does not mind returning his five national film awards to Modi if he continues to remain silent on such cruelty.
 
Hitting out at politicians, he further said, "In UP, we don't know whether he's a Chief Minister or the Poojari of a temple. You know, I have 5 national awards. I think I should give them to him. 
 
He went on to say that he was "worried about the PM’s silence”. Lankesh was murdered near her Bengaluru home on September 5.
 
A multi-lingual actor and producer with a fan base across south India, Prakash Raj was a close friend of journalist Gauri Lankesh for over three decades. "Gauri’s father, Mr Lankesh, was our mentor, our teacher. We have been his students, and I knew Gauri for the last 35 years,” he told Republic TV soon after Gauri’s death.

Prakash had  also said that though there were many vocal voices in the past such as Lankesh, DR Nagaraj and UR Ananthamurthy, intolerance for such voices had grown more recently. "I am really wondering where are we going towards?” Prakash asked.
 
Prakash Raj has won 5 National Awards for films across industries in his long career.
 
 
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