I wasn’t really convinced to write that Indians are getting intolerant until I woke up to the storm of news, social media lashes and protests against Aamir Khan’s comment which he did in one of his interviews.
Let me make it clear that I am not a die-hard fan of Aamir Khan. I do watch his movies every now and then. I am also a proud citizen of India who understands the fact that everyone has a freedom of expression which clearly doesn’t mean that people should only say what you like to hear.
His statement goes like this :
“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 what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day.”
He is bold enough to let it open in public what his wife and he think about his child’s safety in India. He never said in his statement that he appreciated his wife’s thought of moving out of India and he rather called it a disastrous statement to make.
Overreacting at Aamir Khan’s statement, “intolerant” people are only proving him right. Just because he is a celebrity, he shouldn’t be accused of saying something which is against patriotism. He doesn’t need to prove his patriotism to anybody just like us. India does not have something like “Aadhar Card” to show the level of patriotism one has towards the country.
How can we forget his work towards the welfare of our society when he addresses different social issues of our country in Satyamev Jayate? Nobody rates his patriotism then.
We should stop judging celebrities on their statements or at least stop over reacting on them. They have their own life besides what we see on camera screens and they have every right to think about their families and themselves. They don’t interfere in our ways of life so why should we do it to them. We should better use our criticism there when someone is being beaten to death just on the basis of rumours that he ate beef.