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“Aamir Khan has right to express as an Indian”

I don’t know why people are constantly condemning and attacking Aamir Khan? He just spoke his mind on growing intolerance. There are many Indian Muslims who are scared but their voices are not reaching to masses. First of all, it is us who make them heroes and not the soldiers who accept martyrdom while fighting on borders for our safety. Actors and politicians are hardly giving anything back to the society, however we preach and fight for them rather than supporting people who do something really good for the country. The views expressed by Khan and his wife are their personal opinions. That comments are against some of the horrifying incidences in recent time. There should be some constructive criticism so that if anything had gone wrong then we should recover from it. Why people want to generalize the opinions. After all, there may be assorted opinion on any subject. And where is the absolute freedom of expression which the people advocated about?

You may accept or deny any statement. Conversely, honest opinions should be taken for reforms in the society. It is simply wrong to expect that because Aamir Khan has a huge fan following amongst Hindus, he should not express his concerns about the existing situation in the country. On the contrary, even if after the great affection Hindus and other non-Muslims fans shower blessing upon him, there exists in his family element of fear, then instead of disapproving him, it would be sensible to evaluate his anxiety in the context that he is not the first and only person to have done so. Additionally, it is also very wrong to compare the responses of Kiran Rao and Swati Mahadik, wife of brave and late Col. Santosh Mahadik. Fear and pride are valid human emotions and both the ladies are right in their own ways. However patriotic, it is unfair to discount one emotion and approve the other.

Aamir is one of the few men with honesty and integrity in the film industry and one who apparently can think for himself and speak his mind. Unfortunately, in this case, he seems to have spoken his wife’s mind and not his. This is not only Aamir Khan but every responsible citizen is accusing Modi and BJP of creating an atmosphere of intolerance. Every such intolerant person is responsible as he or she remained silent spectator to atrocities of much wider dimensions which took place since last few months. All over India people are voicing their concerns after the brutality that society has been divided in the name of religion. Right wing activists are going violent and aggressive. BJP leaders are passing all harsh and controversial comments against minorities, what Aamir said is to give sense of security the leaders in power could have disapproved such remarks and incidences by reaching to justice. Where is he wrong? He never said all Indians are intolerant. He is being a celebrity wanted to bring it to the attention of the government who knowingly or unknowingly has contributed to the rise in the religious intolerance and the attitude of some of its supporters and even ministers inciting violence by their comments. As any well-wisher, he does not enjoy the freedom to express his views and accidentally mentioned his wife’s concern in bringing up the children in a society who is slowly moving away from its secular foundations. Communal and caste issues have always been a root cause of most of the violence in India since independence, but we see a rising trend now as reported in the Indian media and the world media.

While labeling Aamir being against BJP, he also supported Anna movement which was against then Congress led government. The feeling of intolerance is not because of BJP in power but the kind of hidden agenda that seems to bother normal civilians. The method of trying to control everything is the only problem – a different kind of moral policing – is also intolerant to what I as an adult want to do in my personal space.

Communal violence in India includes acts of violence by followers of one religious group against followers and institutions of another religious group, often in the form of rioting. Religious violence in India, especially in recent times, has generally involved Hindus and Muslims, although incidents of violence have also involved Christians, Jews, and Sikhs. Despite the secular and religiously tolerant constitution of India, broad religious representation in various aspects of society including the government, the active role played by autonomous bodies such as National Human Rights Commission of India and National Commission for Minorities, and the ground-level work being done by Non-governmental organisations, sporadic and sometimes serious acts of religious violence tend to occur as the root causes of religious violence often run deep in history, religious activities, and politics of India. Many innocent people give their life for no reason. It’s the citizen of this country who is suffering because of it, not just a Hindu or a Muslim. People fear for their lives. Aamir said he was “alarmed” by a number of incidents and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should leave the country considering growing intolerance. Also, the 50-year-old actor supported those returning their awards, saying one of the ways for creative people to express their dissatisfaction or disappointment is to return their awards. Aamir said he also felt that the sense of insecurity and fear has been growing in the past six or eight months. Where was he wrong? Why should he be tagged as anti-national, when he is speaking as an Indian and the pain of minority Indian?

Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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