Sai Pallavi issues clarification after controversy, says she was not belittling any tragedy: ‘I will think twice before I speak’

Actor Sai Pallavi clarified after her statements about the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s went viral and erupted into controversy† The actor had expressed concern about the violence in the name of religion, saying that while the exodus was wrong, so was cow vigilance. This sparked a furore online among many, who said she humiliated the tragedy of Kashmiri Pandit.

Sai Pallavi took to Instagram and explained that she would never belittle the tragedy, saying that she was trying to say that violence of all kinds was a sin.

She said: “This is the first time I’ve been in touch with anyone to clarify something and I think this will be the first time I’ll think twice before speaking my heart because I’m afraid my words will be wrong so please forgive me if it takes me longer than usual to communicate my thoughts In a recent interview I was asked if I was the left or right wing supporter and I have stated clearly that I believe that I am neutral and that before we identify with our beliefs we must be good people and the oppressed must be protected at all costs,” the actor said.

Sai Pallavi added that she could never belittle a tragedy, but neither could she handle the violence of mob lynching. “I don’t think any of us have the right to take anyone’s life. As a medical graduate, I believe that all lives are equal and that all lives are important. I hope that the day will not come when a child is born and he or she is afraid of his or her identity. I pray we don’t go there,” she said, adding that during this controversy she felt alone and conflicted, wondering what she was doing wrong. She said she always speaks in a neutral way, adding that many prominent personalities hadn’t seen the real meaning behind what she meant.

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During the media interview that went viral, Pallavi was asked if she was influenced by the left-wing movement in her personal life. She clarified that she is not taking sides. However, she made no bones about her objection to the use of violence in the name of any religion. She had said, “The Kashmiri files showed how Kashmiri pandits were murdered at the time. If you take the matter as a religious conflict, recently a Muslim driver, who was transporting cows, was beaten up and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. So where is the difference between these two incidents? We must be good people. If we are good, we will not hurt others. To answer your question, there will be no justice on the right or left side if you are not a good person. I am very neutral.”

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