Aamir Khan clarifies that he is proud to be an Indian and doesn’t have any intentions to quit the country.
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who was criticised by political parties and citizens over his intolerance remark clarified that he doesn’t have any intention to leave the country. Aamir stood by his comment and said that he is “proud to be an Indian.” The actor had kicked up a political storm with his remarks at a function in Delhi about his wife expressing fear for their child in the current atmosphere. Some people came forward in support of Aamir while some others criticised him on social networking sites.
Aamir said that while he stood by the interview that triggered a huge row, the avalanche of criticism directed at him and his wife only proved what he had said of the situation in the country. The actor issued a statement which mentioned, “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.”
“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 nor endorsement for that,” said Aamir.
Hitting out at the protesters, the actor 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 thanked his supporters saying, “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, its concept of ekantavada, its love, sensitivity and its emotional strength.”
Aamir has been slapped with sedition charges in Kanpur sessions court for his statement and the hearing is set to take place on December 1.
The case has been filed under IPC section 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds) 153 B (Imputations) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief). Hindu Sena activists protested outside Aamir Khan’s residence in Bandra as his security was beefed up. At least seven activists of the Hindu Sena gathered outside the residence of Aamir at Pali Hill around 4 pm and tried to stage a protest.