We won’t leave India: Aamir Khan

Mumbai (IANS) Bollywood actor-producer Aamir Khan on Wednesday clarified his stance on “intolerance”, saying neither he nor his wife intend to leave India.

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No intention of leaving country, proud to be Indian: Aamir

Mumbai (PTI): Under attack over his remarks on intolerance, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan today asserted that he stood by his comments and made it clear that neither he nor his wife Kiran Rao have any intention of leaving the country.

50-year-old Aamir, who drew flak from BJP and a section of film fraternity for expressing his “alarm and despondency” over the rise in recent incidents of intolerance, came out with a statement, saying he is “proud to be an Indian”.

“First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future.

“Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying,” he said.

The actor had kicked up a political storm with his remarks at a function in Delhi on Monday about his wife expressing fear for their child in the current atmosphere.

He had said, “Kiran and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India… She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be.”

In his statement today, a defiant Aamir showed no signs of relenting in the face of fierce criticism.

“I stand by everything that I have said in my interview. To all those people who are calling me anti-national, I would like to say that I am proud to be Indian, and I do not need anyone’s permission nor endorsement for that,” he said.

BJP had hit out at Aamir, saying “Where will he and his family go other than India? There is no other better country like India and no better neighbour than a Hindu for an Indian Muslim. What is the situation in Muslim countries and Europe. There is intolerance everywhere.”

Shielding him from the attack, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had said the government should instead of branding all those who question it and the Prime Minister as “unpatriotic, anti-national or motivated” reach out to people to understand what’s disturbing them.

In his statement, Aamir said, “To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point.” He also thanked those who stood by him.

“To all the people who have stood by me, thank you. We have to protect what this beautiful and unique country of ours really stands for. We have to protect its integrity, diversity, inclusiveness, its many languages, its culture, its history, its tolerance, it’s concept of ekantavada, it’s love, sensitivity and its emotional strength,” he said.

The actor ended his statement by quoting Rabindranath Tagore’s famous poem, “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, Where knowledge is free, Where the world has not been broken up into fragments, by narrow domestic walls, Where words come out from the depth of truth,

“Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection, Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way, Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit, Where the mind is led forward by thee, Into ever-widening thought and action, Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.”

9 Comments

  1. Now that he has generated enough talk in the media and free advertisement for his up coming film dangal.. Its time to relent.
    Free publicity — is what all these Khans seek- Shahruk for his upcoming film dilwale and now Amir for his dangal.
    These people are ready to stoop to any level to market their film, even tarnish India.!

  2. “What is the situation in Muslim countries and Europe. There is intolerance everywhere.”

    If you have figured there is intolerance in Muslim countries, in (Christian) Europe and as you claim intolerance is every where, mean two things.

    A. You and your ilk are good, and the Whole world is bad.

    That’s possible

    OR

    B. There is something seriously wrong with you and your ilk, as you see intolerance every where.

    Hence, don’t you see at the very least the need for some soul searching? Perhaps, just maybe there is something wrong with the way you’ll think.

  3. Everything will be forgotten and sheeple in India will get back to watching movies by this guy and other Khans as if nothing has happened. No wonder India continues to be a third-world nation!!

    • Everything will be forgotten and sheeple in India will get back to watching movies by this guy and other Khans as if nothing has happened. No wonder India continues to be a third-world nation!! – Joker Rampa

      Lol….. Don’t the sheeple in US & Europe get back to watching Rambo 1,2,3,4,5,….. N and Terminator N+1. Is that to forget how the misadventures in Vietnam, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan? The world’s BEST forces get defeated by some ‘rag-tag’ forces?

      Lol.. sheeple, eh?

  4. Aamir Khan married Kiran Rao, and his wife still continues to be a Hindu. He is made the Brand Ambassador of “Incredible India”, Brand Ambassador of Ministry of Woman’s Development and Brand Ambassador of UNICEF. He is Modi’s chosen man to lead Sachcha Bharat Abhiyan”.

    Why he is not made a Minister in Modi’s Government is an enigma, unknown to many, but only to the RSS.

    THE ANSWER IS:

    ONLY THOSE MUSLIMS, (A) WHO ARE “LOVE JEHADI’S” AND (B) CONVERTED THEIR HINDU WIVES TO ISLAM, ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE REWARDED BY THE RSS!!! IF THE HINDU WIFE IS NOT CONVERTED TO ISLAM, THEN THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. THEREFORE, AMEER KHAN IS NOT ELIGIBLE!

    See the following list:

    1. Late Sikandar Bhakt, who was BJP’s Vice President, AND APPOINTED AS GOVERNOR OF KERALA STATE BY VAJPAYEE GOVERNMENT, HAD MARRIED A HINDU GIRL AND CONVERTED HIS WIFE TO ISLAM.

    2. Muktar Abbas Naqvi, minister in Modi’s cabinet also married a Hindu Girl and converted her to Islam.

    3. Shah Navas Hussain, BJP spokes person and Civil Aviation Minister in Vajpayee Government, is a “Love Jehadee” who married a Hindu girl and converted her to Islam.

    4. Omer Abdulla, minister of state for foreign affairs in Vajpayee Government too is a “Love Jehadee”.

    THE BJP AND RSS IS ENCOURAGING ONLY THE “LOVE JEHADEES” AMONG THE MUSLIMS. OTHER MUSLIMS ARE ANTI HINDU ACCORDING TO THEM!

  5. I was openly suggesting to those who can afford to leave India settle abroad to do so as soon as Mr.Modi came to power. All these reactions from persons like Aamir Khan and others are coming now because it is obvious that no minority is safe in India as long as BJP in power. They tried to barge in the house of a minority man and kill him just because he eats his food which they don’t like. if the reactions were not that swift and strong, they would have killed many more by now.

    If BJP and their fringe elements don’t come to their senses, a mass exodus from India is a reality.

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