New Delhi: Coming down heavily on Bollywood actor Amir Khan’s view over the ‘growing intolerance’ issue, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said that he completely disagrees with the superstar’s view.
“I would have never said what Aamir said. We have seen numerous riots but still we continue to live here as its our country,” India Today quoted Owaisi as saying during an interview.
Responding to Aamir Khan’s statement that his wife Kiran Rao had suggested that they should move out of India in wake of recent happenings seen by many as incidents of ‘intolerance’, the AIMIM chief said, “We will not succumb to nonsense talks. We will do disservice to those who fought for us. We will struggle and strive to live here to improve the country.”
Speaking at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Aamir had yesterday expressed alarm and despondency over the rise in cases displaying in tolerance in the last six to eight months.
He had said that a sense a sense of ‘insecurity’ and ‘fear’ had seeped deep within society.
“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 about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day,” said Aamir.
Aamir’s remark triggered a massive war of words between the ruling BJP and the Opposition led by the Congress earlier in the day.
While Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came out in support of the 50-year-old actor, the BJP denounced him, saying that no country in the world is better than the “incredible and ‘atulya’ (unmatched)” India.
“Instead of branding all those who question the government and Modiji as unpatriotic, anti-national or motivated. The government would do better to reach out to people to understand what’s disturbing them,” Rahul said in a series of tweets.
“That’s the way to solve problems in India – not by bullying, threatening and abusing,” the Congress leader added.
BJP’s Muslim face, Shahnawaz Hussain, hit back, saying, “Don’t forget India made you a star.” “Aamir Khan will not find a better country than India. We are the only country that does not look at an artist’s religion,” he said.
“If you leave India, you will only find intolerance anywhere you go,” Hussain added.
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