In a sensational revelation on the growing debate on religious intolerance in India, the Bollywood superstar, Aamir Khan, on Monday revealed that his wife Kiran Rao had recently suggested the family should move out of India because of the “insecure environment” in the country.
Speaking at the Ramnath Goenka Awards, the veteran actor said, “For the first time Kiran has spoken about moving out of the country. She fears for her child. India’s social fabric is not at its best right now. I am certainly alarmed. I feel there is a sense of insecurity, fear. It has been growing over the last six months. For any society a sense of security is a must.”
Aamir, known to be a perfectionist, has also taken up social initiatives particularly by fronting the famous television show Satyamev Jayate, which aims to explore burning social issues facing the Indian society.
He made this observation at an awards ceremony to honour excellence in journalism and whose chief guest was a senior BJP leader and the finance minister in Narendra Modi cabinet, Arun Jaitley.
He said, “Historians, scientists have had a view to express. Returning awards is one way of getting your point across. I will endorse any protest that is non-violent.”
He added, “She (Kiran) feels scared to open newspaper everyday.This indicates there’s growing sense of disquiet &despondency in the country.
Aamir’s huge disclosure comes days after another superstar from Indian film industry, Shah Rukh Khan, said that there was growing religious intolerance in India.
Shah Rukh’s statements had caused massive outrage from the Hindutva brigade with several senior leaders from India’s ruling party, the BJP, calling him anti-national. One BJP leader had even asked the actor to leave India and go to Pakistan.
Aamir said that he was speaking on religious intolerance on behalf of the country.
He said, “Why should I represent anyone? If I have to represent someone why only Muslims, why not everyone? My birth may be in a Muslim household, but when I speak, I speak for everyone.”
Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, who was the first leader to extend his support to Shah Rukh Khan amidst growing attacks from the members of right wing parties, once again tweeted admiring Aamir Khan’s courage.
His tweet said, “Every word that Aamir Khan said is so true. I admire him for speaking up.”
The chief minister also launched a tirade against the BJP government for its inability to reign in the loony elements within its party.
He said, “BJP should stop silencing voices through abuses and threats. It’s high time central government took concrete steps to instill sense of security amongst people.”