Aamir Khan And The India Intolerance Debate



आमिर खान बोलें --- ये गर्व की बात है, हिम्मत की बात है। बोलना चाहिए। ताकि पब्लिक विचार विमर्श हो इस मुद्दे पर। आमिर खान लोगों के दिल में रहते हैं। हिन्दु मुस्लिम फर्क नहीं पड़ता। और उनका करियर दिलचस्प रहा है। मेनस्ट्रीम सुपरस्टार रह के उन्होंने बहुत सारे experimental roles ही नहीं किए हैं, फोर्मुला सिनेमा से अलग जा के भी बॉक्स ऑफिस सफलता दिखा दिया है। जैसे कि PK, फोर्मुला फिल्म नहीं है लेकिन सारे रिकॉर्ड तोड़ दिए। तो, he is not just a movie star, which he is, there is ample proof, लेकिन उनका अपना एक जगह है भारतीय पहचान में। He is an element of the Indian identity, and I am so glad that is the case. वो critically सोचते हैं और अपने दिलकी बोलते हैं। ये एक ऐसा quality है जिसकी भारत के शिक्षा के क्षेत्र को बहुत जरूरत है। टॉपिक कुछ भी हो।

रह गयी अभी वाली मुद्दा की बात।

भारत इतना बड़ा देश है। जितना और देशों में मेजोरिटी नहीं होता है उससे बड़ा भारत में माइनॉरिटी है। मैं जब भारत के मुसलमानों के बारे में सोचता हुँ तो मेरा ध्यान जाता है socio-economic indicators पे, मेरा ध्यान जाता है per capita income पे। कि democracy has to be seen to be working for India's muslims.

प्रत्येक भारतीय का धर्म हिन्दु धर्म नहीं है, लेकिन प्रत्येक भारतीय का धर्म लोकतंत्र है। और मानव अधिकार उस लोकतंत्र धर्म की नींव है। मानव अधिकार नहीं तो लोकतंत्र नहीं। सीधी सी बात है। धार्मिक स्वतंत्रता एक मानव अधिकार है। किसी भी व्यक्ति को हक़ है कि वोअपने इच्छा के धर्म को मानें। कोइ हिन्दु परिवार में जन्म ले के ईसाइ या बुद्धिस्ट या मुसलमान बन सकता है। ये उसका मानव अधिकार है। और वो संविधान प्रदत अधिकार है। देशकी जो मुल कानुन है उसके द्वारा सुरक्षित है वो अधिकार।

लेकिन उतने से काम नहीं चलता। १२ साल हाई स्कूल कंपल्सरी होना चाहिए देश भरमें और एक विषय होना चाहिए सामाजिक शिक्षा जिसमें मानव अधिकार, लोकतंत्र, नागरिक कर्तव्य, बिभिन्न्न धर्मों के बारे में, सांस्कृतिक विविधता के बारे में पढाई हो। प्रमुख धर्मों के बारे में पढाई होनी चाहिए ताकि प्रत्येक नागरिक शिक्षित हो प्रत्येक नागरिक को सभी प्रमुख धर्मों के बारे में ज्ञान हो।

हिंसा अपराध है। चाहे वो धर्म को नाम पे हो या और कोई बहाने पर हो। तो hate crime के विरुद्ध सख्त कानुन होने चाहिए और उनको लागु किया जाना चाहिए। दंगा के विरुद्ध सख्त मैकेनिज्म होने चाहिए। दंगा एक लॉ एंड आर्डर प्रॉब्लम है। सोल्व किया जा सकता है।

हिंसा के अलाबे discrimination. रिपोर्ट आते रहते हैं कि मुस्लमान को घर किराए पर नहीं दिया। वो व्यवहार गैर कानुनी नहीं है तो होना चाहिए। प्राइवेट सेक्टर में नौकरी के तलाश में जाते हैं तो मुसलमान होने के नाते discrimination नहीं होने चाहिए।

लेकिन सब से मुख्य मुद्दा है education, health, job creation, entrepreneurship. मुसलमान बस्तियों में ये सब पहुँचाना है। मुसलमान जम के पढाई लिखाई करे और खुदका बिजनेस शुरू करे। लोगों को नौकरी दे।

और एक होता है public space का poisoning ----- कुछ लोग पब्लिक फिगर होते हुवे भी बहुत गलत बोल देते हैं। इस समुदाय के विरुद्ध तो कभी उस समुदाय के विरुद्ध। तो उसका काउंटर होना बहुत जरुरी है।

Hindu pride is a great idea, but Hindu supremacist thinking is not okay. आप गर्व करो। लेकिन पिछले साल जो लव जिहाद और घर वापसी के मुद्दे उछाले गए, बहुत गलत बात है। प्यार, मुहबत, शादी तो किसी की प्राइवेट बात है। कभी हिन्दु और मुसलमान एक जगह आ जाते हैं, जैसे की आमिर और शाहरुख़। करीना कपुर। तो ये  सुन्दर बात है। उसमें आपको लव जिहाद कैसे दिखाई दिया?

घर वापसी का मुद्दा भी उल्टापुल्टा है। भारत के भुमि पर जितने हैं सबको हिन्दु होना चाहिए ---- ये कितना अव्यवहारिक बात है! भुमि और मानव को उस तरह mixup मत करो। धार्मिक स्वतंत्रता तो मानव अधिकार है। किसी व्यक्ति की ख़ुशी की वो किस धर्म को अपनावे। Religious harassment should be illegal -----

बीफ। हिन्दु है कोइ बीफ नहीं खाता है -- तो that is respectable --- लेकिन ये कहने लगे कि खुद भी नहीं खाउंगा तुझे भी खाने नहीं दुंगा --- वो तो मोदीजी रिश्वत के बारे में वैसा बोलते हैं। कि खुद भी नहीं खाउंगा तुझे भी खाने नहीं दुंगा। बीफ और रिश्वत में कुछ तो फर्क होना चाहिए। आप अपना धर्म दुसरो पर कैसे थोपर सकते हो? Religious harassment should be illegal -----

मुसलमान बीफ नहीं खायेगा तो क्या खायेगा? खरगोश?

बल्कि हिन्दु धर्म प्रचार करने जाओ। जाओ दुनिया घुमो। जूलिया रॉबर्ट्स ने कन्वर्ट किया वो हिन्दु बन गयी। उन्हें अच्छा लगा। तो वैसे लोग ढूंढो। लेकिन कोइ आएगा तो स्वेच्छा से आएगा। किसी का मानव अधिकार हनन करने स्टाइल में आप धर्म प्रचार नहीं कर सकते।

India's diversity is India's strength. अभी तो भारत चीन से भी पिछे है। But if someday India is to beat America, it will be because India started celebrating free speech better than America, India started celebrating diversity better than America.

तो जो लोग भारत के भितर धार्मिक असहिष्णुता का जहर फैलाते हैं, वो भारत को विश्व शक्ति बनने के रास्ते पर नहीं ले जाना चाहते। जो थोड़ा बहुत शक्ति है भारत के पास वो भी चाहते हैं गायब हो जाए।

Democracy और Diversity में गहरा विश्वास रखने वाले लोगों को बोलते रहना चाहिए और संगठित होना चाहिए। वो देशप्रेम का सच्चा रूप है जो कि आमिर दिखा रहे हैं। मैं तो वैसे भी बड़ा फैन था, अब और बड़ा फैन हो गया।




Intolerance row: Agra Muslims condemn Aamir Khan's statement
Talking to India Today, Imran Qureshi of Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad said the Muslims of India were born on this land and will be buried in this land.
Local Social activist Md. Arif Advocate said that it was questionable that the Aamir who had produced a patriotic movie like Lagaan, could have made such a statement. In fact, he said, Aamir was just voicing the thoughts of his wife who is a Hindu. ....... Imamuddin, a senior citizen aged 96 years, said that during the Friday Namaz, it was prayed that Aamir regains his senses and the country remains at peace.
Aamir Khan's PK Wouldn't Have Been a Success if India Was Intolerant: Shatrughan Sinha
Mr Khan's remarks expressing his "alarm and despondency" over the rise in recent incidents of intolerance hotly debated, he had again yesterday asserted that he stood by his comments and made it clear that neither he nor his wife Kiran Rao had any intention of leaving the country.
Shatrughan disapproves of Aamir’s remark on intolerance
Last thing Indian Muslims need: Naseer on Aamir's intolerance row
Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah has expressed concern over Aamir Khan’s intolerance remark saying that it may cause further problems for the Muslims of India. ..... “I don’t think he [Aamir] should have said this. Regardless of what he feels, we Muslims do not need any further aggravation of our feeling of persecution,” said Shah. ..... Earlier, Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman expressed solidarity with Aamir Khan over growing intolerance in India and admitted that he too faced a situation similar to that of the actor recently. ......

The music maestro spoke in relation to the fatwa issued against him by Mumbai-based Muslim academy for composing music for an Iranian film. Subsequently, his scheduled concerts in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh were cancelled.

..... The fatwa also prompted Hindu extremists to bring up the issue of religious conversions. They invited the composer to “re-convert to Hinduism” and said it was time for Rahman’s “ghar wapsi“. ..... “Aamir Khan should either indulge in ‘ghar wapsi’ which will help him getting free of ‘crimes of love jihad’ of his previous as well as his present wife Kiran Rao or go to Pakistan for the benefit of India,” Hindu Mahasabha’s national general secretary Munna Kumar Sharma said. ...... “A case of treason should be filed against Khan for insulting India and traitors like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan should leave India,” he added.
Aamir Khan safe in India, his comments are insult to fans: BJP
“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. ....... reacting to Aamir’s statement, Kiren Rijiju, the junior home minister claimed that the number of deaths in communal incidents had come down since BJP came to power last year and “to make a blatant statement is not proper.” ..... Incidences of communal violence have been growing in India, with a mob killing a Muslim man over beef-eating rumours in September. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing questions during his recent trip to Britain, said,

“India is committed to protecting every citizen’s freedom, and the law will deal severely with those who are intolerant.”

......... Speaking at Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Aamir had said, “I have been alarmed. I can’t deny. I have been alarmed by a number of incidents.”
Intolerance debate: Hindu Sena buys Aamir Khan, family tickets to Pakistan!
Hindu Sena, the group that booked a one-way ticket for Khan, his wife Kiran Rao and their son, was in news last month after they led a Delhi police patrolling team into Kerala House claiming that a restaurant there was serving cow meat. Vishnu Gupta, the head of the group, was arrested and later released on bail.
Aamir Khan Intolerance Row: Woman commits suicide after husband criticizes actor
A dispute with her husband over remarks by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan saw a woman here committing suicide by consuming poison, her family members claimed. Police said they are investigating the alleged suicide by one Sonam Pandey and the claims by her family members that she took the extreme step as she was distressed by her husband's comments mocking Khan. ...... "Sonam Pandey and her husband Mayank were talking about newspaper reports about Khan's statement yesterday morning. My son poked fun at Sonam, saying what kind of man is the Bollywood star, who wants to settle abroad on the advice of his wife," said Mayank's father, RP Pandey. Angered by her husband's criticism of Khan, Sonam ran upstairs and locked herself inside a room, he added.
Shatrughan Sinha disapproves of Aamir Khan's remark on intolerance
No one can ask Aamir to leave India, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee extended support to Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who is at the centre of a controversy over his remarks on 'growing intolerance' in the country.

“They have criticised actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan and musician A R Rahman. Who are they to decide what we will say or what we will eat?,” the CM said.

Aamir Khan has said what he felt; India belongs to everyone: Mamata Banerjee



Aamir Khan: India Bollywood actor stands by intolerance remark
The ruling BJP said he should not forget that India made him a star, and it was wrong to malign the country. ...... "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," the actor wrote. ...... Khan said he stood by his earlier statement, and added that all those people who had called him "anti-national" and shouted "obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point". ...... BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain had criticised Khan's remarks and said there was a "political conspiracy to defame India" and there was "no better neighbour than a Hindu for a Muslim". ..... Another BJP spokesperson, Sambit Patra, said that "Aamir Khan is the face of 'Incredible India' [a TV campaign by Mr Khan to promote tourism], how can he make such a remark? I request Aamir Khan not to leave India and he won't find another nation like it". ..... Earlier this month, fellow superstar Shah Rukh Khan also spoke out against what he called "extreme intolerance" in India. .....A movement that began with writers returning state awards spread to scientists, historians and filmmakers. ......

They cited the killing of rationalists MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, as well as the lynching of a man over suspicions he consumed beef, as examples of rising intolerance in the country.

Aamir Khan clearly played to a script, and it does not do him credit
Given the nature of minority politics in India, where such issues are drummed up by "secular" parties to ensure that the minorities continue to vote on the basis of fear rather than pursuing their real economic and political interests ..... What Khan's statement reveals is his decision to fall in line with the dominant narrative being tom-tommed by the mainstream English media that has been left out in the cold by Narendra Modi. Incidentally, an interesting aspect of the rising English media chorus of "growing intolerance" is that it is not supported by any kind of data or a benchmark from which this "rise" can be calculated. Barring a cacophony of statements by Sanghis, there is no evidence whatsoever that there is any actual rise in intolerance. ........... Aamir's calculated statement can at best be put down as another voice added to this self-indulgent and self-righteous echo chamber in the English language media. ...... First, I doubt if anybody in India thinks we have nothing to fear, given the state of our policing, our weak legal systems, and the space we have given to criminals and vested interests in cities and villages. I too would fear for the safety of my daughters in India, especially given the patriarchal nature of our society and its inability to bring up its sons to respect women.

We have strong laws and a weak state, making it near impossible to assume that we will be protected from rabid elements.

......... Many Indians have left Indian shores for better prospects, and it is this diaspora that believes in Modi and his idea of India by and large. From businessmen to ordinary students to techies, Indians have always sought to improve their material condition by taking advantage of merit-based systems in the West. The poor, on the other hand, went to West Asia to earn more while living like second-class citizens, whether in Saudi Arabia or even parts of the UAE. After decades, they are still not given citizenship. ......

In the sub-continent, Hindus and Muslims from Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and now even Pakistan have, legally or illegally, moved into India as economic or political refugees. The Nepalese have been welcomed like they were our own citizens, and despite some hesitation to accept Muslim economic refugees from Bangladesh, they are here and voting their own leaders in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar.

...... If there is a beacon of tolerance in the sub-continent, it is India. The only areas of long-term intolerance (as opposed to short-term intolerance caused by riots) are in Kashmir, where an entire generation of Pandits has been driven out in the worst act of ethnic cleansing ever practised after 1947. ..... The fringe will be the fringe, and there is no point assuming that in a country of 125 crore, no one will ever make politically-incorrect statements. ...... Two years ago, a white supremacist shot people in a gurdwara in Wisconsin. Over the last two years, we have seen race riots after the shooting of African-Americans in Ferguson and Baltimore by trigger-happy cops.

When his name is Khan, can Aamir really expect to be treated as an equal in America?

....... The far right is rising under Marine Le Pen. The face veil is banned in France, not in India. ...... For a country with 125 crore people and all their multiple diversities, insecurities and concerns involving caste, religion, and ethnicity, we are a mighty tolerant lot. ........ This does not also mean that the Sangh hotheads should continue to vitiate the atmosphere. Modi would do well to put a tape across their mouths or even chuck them out of his ministry. But that still will be no guarantee that someone will not make an intolerant statement somewhere...... Surely, Aamir Khan does not want a state where everyone is gagged. That would be even more intolerant than the intolerance he would like to complain about.
I stand by everything I have said: Aamir Khan on his comments about intolerance
The actor ended his statement by quoting Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem, "Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, Where knowledge is free, Where the world has not been broken up into fragments, by narrow domestic walls, Where words come out from the depth of truth, ..... "Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection, Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way, Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit, Where the mind is led forward by thee, Into ever-widening thought and action, Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake."
Aamir Khan: India home minister Rajnath Singh's jibe at actor
Without naming Khan, Rajnath Singh told the parliament that despite insults, iconic Dalit leader "BR Ambedkar never said he would leave India". ..... "Dr BR Ambedkar had to put up with insults and derision. Yet, he controlled his emotion and put forward an objective point of view for India. He never said how he was being ignored and insulted in India," Mr Singh said in his remarks in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the parliament...... "He said I will stay in India and keeping the Indian values and culture in mind, I will strengthen the country," Mr Singh added. ..... Despite his clarification, the controversy refuses to die down and the home minister's comments are seen as the latest salvo fired at him by BJP politicians. ..... However, the session is likely to be a stormy one, with opposition parties demanding a debate on "growing intolerance" in the country. ..... BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said the government was "willing to discuss all issues, including the so-called issue of rising intolerance even though the incidents that happened were in the domain of states… We do not support or condone such incidents".
Controversy Over Aamir's 'Intolerance' Remarks Refuses to Die
BJP national spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain advised Khan to visit his ancestral village Akhtiyaarpur in Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh and see for himself with how much love and harmony people live there. ...... Hussain said that Aamir left the village at an early age and joined Bollywood, but people there still believe in 'Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb', a term used to describe mutually participatory co-existence of Hindu and Muslim culture. He was talking to reporters in Lucknow.
Anupam Kher Lashes Out At Aamir Khan, Asks Him To 'Spread Hope Not Fear'
Aamir Khan has insulted India with intolerance statement, says Ramdas Athawale
Senior Shiv Sena leader and the state Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam on Tuesday said Khan "can go to Pakistan" if he didn't love India. "The police should also conduct an inquiry whether Aamir's statement is anti-national," he said.
An open letter to Aamir Khan
Your name is Khan and you Sir, are a hypocrite.
Aamir Khan’s answer at RNG awards an innocent one: PK director Rajkumar Hirani
Coming out in support of under fire Aamir Khan, director Rajkumar Hirani stoutly defended his 'PK' star.
the director said, “Aamir Khan didn’t call for a press conference. He was at an award function where he was asked questions on various topics and one of the topics was this which he answered and his answer was I was distressed and sad that my wife once said this to me. To me it is an innocent answer. He spoke about what was said inside his home affairs in public and one should have ignored it. But the way people jumped and attacked him, intolerance was visible.” ..... For Raju, the most distressing factor was linking Aamir’s statements to his Muslim identity. Said Raju, “His statements were then linked to him being a Muslim. Such a thought never crossed my mind.

I have celebrated every Diwali at Aamir’s place.

The way these talks are spreading through social media, some divide is visible. We should pick positive things in life and talk about it.”

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