India is tolerant, but PM Narendra Modi must stop those spreading hatred: Aamir Khan

"Our country is very tolerant, but there are people who spread ill-will...Those who speak of breaking up this vast country, such people are present in all religions, only Modiji can stop them, " Aamir Khan said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 6, 2016 8:40 am
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Days after his intolerance remarks, Bollywood star Aamir Khan on Saturday said India is “very tolerant” but there are people who spread hatred and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rein them in.

The actor also believes that he still continues to be country’s brand ambassador even though the government may have discontinued his services, saying India is his mother and not a brand.

“Our country is very tolerant, but there are people who spread ill-will…Those who speak of breaking up this vast country, such people are present in all religions, only Modiji can stop them. After all, Modiji is our PM, we have to tell him,” he told Rajat Sharma in his ‘Aap ki Adalat’ show on India TV, according to a press release issued by the channel.

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Aamir said a sense of security comes from the justice system, which should ensure speedy justice, and from elected representatives who should raise their voice when something goes wrong.

“After all, law is equal for all, and nobody is above law. Unfortunately, there are some people who spread negativity and hatred. If I am not wrong, our Prime Minister has also expressed concern. His slogan is ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’,” he said.

The actor, who hit headlines with his remarks that his wife was thinking of leaving India over growing intolerance, also replied to megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s remark that he damaged India’s brand identity by his statement, saying there was a feeling of insecurity due to growing intolerance.

“I had said in my interview that there was a sense of depression, a sense of despondency, a feeling of insecurity and intolerance was growing. But these are entirely two different things,” he said.

He added that he was “wongly quoted” and said, “I never said India was intolerant, I was wrongly quoted…To say about rising intolerance and to say India is intolerant are two different things.”

Claiming to continue serving as India’s brand ambassador even after government discontinued him, the superstar said, “For me, my motherland is my mother, it cannot be a brand. I can never view my mother as a brand. It could be a brand for other people, but not for me. Till this date, I continue to be India’s brand ambassador, even the government may have discontinued me.”

He said for 10 years he was brand ambassador for ‘Incredible India’s Atithi Devo Bhavo campaign’ and never charged a penny for all his public service campaigns for the country and nor will he charge in future.

Aamir also asked media and news channels not to air news about violence on TV as it creates an atmosphere of fear.

“Every Indian is infected with fear. I would also appeal to media not to highlight such violence, as it creates a sense
of insecurity and fear among common people,” he said.

On his wife Kiran Rao expressing her intent to leave India due to insecurity, Aamir said he and his wife were not going anywhere and have been born here and will die in India, but said, “After all, Kiran is a mother, a mother always worries about her children.”

“Often we speak so many things among ourselves, but that does not mean, we take 100 per cent action on them. Now was that our intention. Kiran has actually expressed a feeling, an emotion, and we were born here, and we will die here. We are not going to leave our country, let me make it clear,”he said.

The superstar went on to say that whenever people try to divide, “we should become alert, and should beware as to why we are being reminded that we are Muslim, Hindu, or Sikh. After all, we are all Indians. We have to be on our quard.”

Seeking to clarify that there was intent on his or his director’s part on purportedly denigrating Hindu religion in his film ‘PK’, he said, “It was only a character playing the role of Shiva in a play, who was made fun of, in a particular situation. After all, Lord Shankar is Almighty, how can we dare to make fun of him?.”

The actor said he fully empathised with the cause of Kashmiri Pandits. “My heart cries even today for them. It is
shameful, and I appeal to people living in the Valley to bring the Kashmiri Pandits back.”

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    Abhinav Gour
    Mar 6, 2016 at 12:55 am
    Where was Aamir when Muslims were spreading hatred. I bet he doesnt have the courage to talk against traitors like azam khan or someone like that Hyderabadi muslim bigot...
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      Mar 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm
      Chup lande Katue Amir khan, Goddar Kaum musselman
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      Mar 6, 2016 at 1:23 pm
      If u know Islam is bad speak against Islam not against those who speaks against Islam u trator bhadralok, u Bengalis are disgrace to Hinduism. Safari ka ghosh, amartya sen, mamta begum, or jadavpur university
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        Mar 6, 2016 at 1:21 pm
        Landa Amir khan, why don't u speak against Islamic terrorism worldwide which is killing millions of humans every day? U landa people will always be unfaithful to human race due to slavery of your terrorist Islam from deserts of regressive dehumanisoed babrbari. Saudi Arabia, there shud b no mercy on landa jihadists Ike u
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          Mar 5, 2016 at 4:25 pm
          everyone wants Modi to act, wherever no one wants to change
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            IML sood
            Mar 5, 2016 at 5:03 pm
            Why changing stand again and again. Instead of asking ,rather you should make a request (if a little courtesy you know)to PM why dont you teach love of Motherland to your family and those anti national elenpments whic are raising there head and some even take shelter of your illogical remarks about intolerance.Be sincere and wise.
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              Mar 6, 2016 at 11:15 am
              Sure by all means he can go to Hollywood...bollywood has lot more talented artists who are also loyal to India and do feel proud being indian...
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                Mar 6, 2016 at 11:34 am
                Unfortunately there are more Muslims in india who took lives of innocent Indians in various terrorist attacks riots etc...
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