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‘Just think Indian’: Ravi Shastri speaks on CAA

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has put his weight behind the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), protests over which have seen the country be on the boil over the last month.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 9, 2020 7:22:51 pm
Ravi Shastri (File Photo/AP)

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has put his weight behind the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), protests over which have seen the country be on the boil over the last month – leading to thousands of arrests and detentions across the country.

Speaking to News18, Shastri said, “I have been playing for India from when I was 18 years old. In my team also there are all sorts, different castes, different religions. Just think Indian.”

“I am sure the government has thought about it properly. There are still certain things to be tweaked here and there and they will do it for the benefit of Indians. I am speaking as an Indian here.

“I am not talking about x, y, z religion because I am speaking as an Indian. That’s who I have been, I realized it even more when I played for the country. So, I have the right to speak as an Indian,” he said.

On then being asked to say something on the prevalent fear on some people being marked as Indian and others as non-Indians, Shastri said, “I have not gone into that deeply. I am saying what I feel. But think Indian. Be patient. There must be benefits for everybody.”

Last year, Shastri had shared a video on social media where he had urged people to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives ‘Fit India Movement’ and ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.’

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