In the wake of veteran actor Anupam Kher’s criticism on Aamir Khan’s remarks on “intolerance”, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came out to back the Lagaan actor, saying that, the government should not “bully, abuse or threaten” people who question it.
“Instead of branding all those who question the Govt & Modiji- as unpatriotic, anti national or ‘motivated’, the Govt would do better to reach out to people to understand what’s disturbing them. That’s the way to solve problems in India- not by bullying, threatening & abusing!” the Congress vice-president tweeted.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also supported Aamir Khan. The AAP chief said, “Every word that Aamir said is so true. I admire him for speaking up.”
“BJP shud stop silencing voices thro abuses n threats. Its high time centrl govt took concrete steps 2 instil sense of security amngst people,” Kejriwal twitted.
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher had slammed Aamir Khan, following the PK actor’s remarks on intolerance, at the Indian Express Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award event.
In an interaction during the event, Aamir Khan said, “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 newspapers everyday. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm,” Khan added.
BJP leader and minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, took on the Congress party, saying that, the intolerance debate was misplaced. “Record shows incidents of communal violence have come down since the NDA came to power. But to make a blatant statement that during NDA rule, the country has become intolerant, unnecessarily tarnishes the image of nation,” he said.
BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said, Aamir disgraced the nation with his remarks. “I’m deeply saddened and shocked by his statement. I am thinking what people like me who’ve showered him with their love, affection and respect must be going through,” said Tiwari.