WEB DESK: Protests have erupted against Amir Khan in India after his statement regarding leaving India yesterday, Aaj News reported.
Indian district Patmna saw the most violent protest by BJP activists as they threw black ink on his posters.
The actor got support from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal: “Every word that @aamir_khan said is so true. I admire him for speaking up.” He added that Anupam Kher is BJP’s spokesperson.
Every word that @aamir_khan said is so true. I admire him for speaking up
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 23, 2015
The backlash surfaced when Amir khan shared sentiments of his wife about leaving India due to growing intolerance. “Extremist incidents in India are alarm bells. On account of Hindu’s extremist behavior, my wife [Kiran Rao] has asked me to leave India,” he said.
He also virtually supported those returning their awards, saying one of the ways for creative people to express their dissatisfaction or disappointment is to return their awards, Times of India reported. “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,” he said while speaking here at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.
The actor said he also feels that the sense of insecurity and fear has been growing in the past six or eight months. “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.”
As expected, Aamir’s statement wasn’t received positively in India with colleagues lashing out at the megastar on Twitter. Anupum Kher seemed quite angry at the mega star’s statements and resorted to a series of Tweets to lash at Aamir.
India’s ruling party BJP also reacted, terming Aamir’s statement unfair.
“We won’t let Aamir leave the country, he is safe. This kind of comment influenced by a politically motivated campaign insults those who have given so much honour to Aamir in India,” said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs.
Earlier another Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, was also lashed at when he opened up on the growing intolerance in India.