Muntashir aka lyricist Manoj Shukla criticized for spreading hatred via his poetry

Lyricist called Mughal rulers “dacoits”

On Thursday, Hindi film lyricist Manoj Muntashir was at the core of a developing Twitter controversy, with numerous coworkers and others condemning him for “breeding hatred” in a clip in which he compared Mughal rulers to “dacoits.”
Muntashir, who now has composed lyrics for movies such as “Kesari” and Ajay Devgn’s most recent OTT film, posted the contentious video titled “Who are your ancestors” on Twitter on August 24. Some others, notably director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, spoke out in his favour.

In the one-minute clip, he declares that the nation has been indoctrinated and that roads are named after “glorified dacoits” like as Akbar, Humayun, and Jehangir.
“Cringe. Unbearable to watch because of bad poetry. Should also get rid of the pen name. Why profit from something you despise?” remarked actor Richa Chadha, alluding to his pen name “muntashir”.
As per the Rekhta dictionary, the 45-year-old from Madhya Pradesh deleted Shukla from his name to pick on “muntashir,” which translates to “scattered” or “dispersed.”
“Masaan” filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan slammed his poem, calling it “bigotry mixed with casteism!”

Mayur Puri, a renowned lyricist and screenwriter, said that authors should not behave as facilitators of hatred through their art.
“Why do you sow hate, Manojbhai?  No country’s past is without flaws. Par writers ko aag lagaane ka nahin, aag bujhane ka kaam karna chahiye. (However, authors should strive to put out fires, not start them.) Please pardon me, but I’m a little unhappy that you’re doing this type of job,” Puri responded.

As the indignation grew, the term ‘Mughals’ began trending on Twitter, with over 20,000 tweets on the subject.

Another lyricist writer, Husain Haidry, stated that this was not the first time Muntashir was “spreading hatred or falsehoods,” and that it would not be the final.
“The disguise has been off for well more a year. This is not an unexpected video. Anyway, instead of being penalised, spouting anti-Muslim vitriol is now rewarded by the society and government…,” the “Mukkabaaz” “lyricist penned
Puneet Sharma, a lyricist-poet, responded with a Hindi poem called “Dakshin ke naa vaam ke, na Allah ke naa Ram ke, netaji ke naukar sab, bhookhe hain inaam ke.” (They are slaves of the master and seek rewards; they do not belong to either the right or the left, Allah or Ram.)

“Who taught history to this guy? What is he going to name the Maratha conquest of Bengal? “Devdutt Pattanaik, the author asked.
S Irfan Habib, a historian, added his voice to the discussion, saying it was sad to see a writer like Muntashir “spitting venom” and presenting “dubious and fictional ideas as history.”
One Twitterer said that “mediocre musicians” were engaging in anti-Muslim “hate-mongering” in order to further their careers.

A portion of Twitter defended Muntashir, claiming that the writer was only informing people of the nation’s and the Mughals’ “lost true history.”

“Manoj Muntashir has been expressing his opinion courageously in his poems and public dialogue. If you are uninformed, it does not imply he has dramatically shifted,” director Agnihotri said.
Muntashir also mentions the removal of deity names from school textbooks and wonders how people call Mughal rulers “noble kings” since they had “slaughtered people” in the guise of religion.
He stated that people should pick their heroes and villains without regard for caste.


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