Responding to the escalating controversy surrounding his “intolerance” remarks, Bollywood heartthrob Aamir Khan, has clarified his stance on “ intolerance”, saying, him, and his wife Kiran Rao, love India, and neither have any intention of leaving the country.
In a statement, Aamir said, “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,” the 50-year-old celebrated actor, said.
“Secondly, 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 or endorsement for that,” 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,” said, the PK actor.
“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 added.
In an interaction during an award distribution event, Aamir Khan had said that,“As an individual, as part of this country as a citizen, we read in the papers what is happening, we see it on the news and certainly, I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents.”
“When I chat with Kiran at home, she says, ‘Should we move out of India?’ That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspaperseveryday. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm,” Khan added.