Actor-politician Divya Spandana, responding to the sedition charge filed against her, said she will not apologise for her comments on Pakistan as this would go against the cause that everyone is fighting against. “I don’t have an ego at all and in any given incident, I would have apologised, but if I do in this case, the larger cause we’re fighting for would go,” she said.
She had earlier spoken about Pakistan, praising the people for their hospitality, ‘outraged’ by which, a lawyer in Karnataka filed a case of sedition against the former Lok Sabha MP, who also goes by the name Ramya.
The ex-Congress MP said, “Its really sad but such is situation in country today. Everybody is entitled to their views and that is what democracy is about. You can’t force your ideology on anyone.”
Reiterating her earlier remarks, Ramya said, “I respectfully disagree, Pakistan is not hell, people there are just like us.” She was referring to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks that going to hell and going to Pakistan were the same.
Ramya, who visited Pakistan to attend the Saarc meeting of young parliamentarians had spoken of how she felt the people of Pakistan were very welcoming and went out of their way to make her stay comfortable on getting to know she was from India.
“Politicians want to polarise and spread hatred. Just because borders separate us we shouldn’t hate others,” she said adding to her reply to the sedition charge.
“It’s freedom of speech, also our duty to speak on inclusiveness and peace. Curbing freedoms is wrong in democracy,” she said, adding, “I don’t think I’m wrong. I also love Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Of course I won’t leave India, it’s my home.”
The complaint was filed against Ramya in Kodagu, Karnataka under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 124-A (sedition). The court will hear the case on 27 August.
At the Summit, Ramya spoke of the need for both countries to work out solutions needed to solve differences between the two countries and the Saarc region. A former Lok Sabha MP, Ramya represented the constituency of Mandya from 2013 to 2014.