Actor Aamir Khan on Monday said that he never said India was intolerant adding that he “never thought about leaving the country.” The veteran actor said that he was “born in India and will die in India.”
Aamir’s comments come two months after he had said that the growing religious intolerance was so bad that once his wife suggested him to leave the country.
He had said, “There is a sense of fear more than there was earlier. I do feel there is a sense of insecurity. When I sit at home and talk to Kiran. Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child.”
On Moday he said that he never meant India was intolerant.
He added, “I never said Bharat desh is intolerant. Now, there are people who have negativity and positivity. Negative people spread negativity and decide to separate us. But India is a vast country. Every state has its own culture and diversity. I think ours is the only nation which is so diverse and yet so beautiful. Unity in diversity is our strength. And when someone tries to divide us, I get hurt.”
Aamir said that his patriotism should never be questioned.
He said, “Why should I do Satyamev Jayate? It’s because I love my country. I feel happy that I am lending a hand in nation building. I belong to a freedom fighter’s family. My great-grand uncle was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.”
Aamir said that his wife wasn’t pleased that he had shared a private conversation at a public platform. He, however, explained that his family was classic example of how an ideal India should have been.
“Our country is a beautiful example of unity in diversity. Take my family for instance. My wife is Hindu. My two sisters are married to Hindus — Farhat is married to Rajeev while Nikhat to Santosh. My cousin Mansoor Khan has married a Catholic. I have three kids and they are half-Hindu and half-Muslim,” he said. “Both Kiran and I never bring our religions into the picture. I am an Indian first and always will be an Indian.”