“His autonomy and freedom are most important to him. He is respected for his intellect and he wishes to remain non-partisan,” Javed Saab’s friend tells me.
In 2019 there were rumours of Javed Saab joining the Congess I when he wrote a song for them. About this rumour Javed Saab had responded to me: “Dekhiye, agar koi political party thodi bhi sachhi secularism dikhati hai toh usski izzat karni chahiye. I do feel that Congress shows some degree of concern for the concept of secularism. I was approached to write a song for the Congress for the elections. I agreed and wrote the song Main hi to Hindustan hoon…”
Discussing his disenchantment with the BJP in 2019 Javed Saab said, “When it(the BJP) came into power there was a lot of hope. The common people felt the BJP would address their problems. It was widely felt that that BJP would do away with the politics of polarization and communalization. Who was to know that they would be practising a divisive politics in no time at all?! So yes, I do feel there is a sense of deep disappointment in all of us. Instead of addressing real issues they are into issues that are inconsequential.”