A Shiv Sena minister in BJP-led Maharashtra government on Tuesday added a dangerous twist to the raging debate on the growing religious intolerance in India by calling three of the most iconic stars of Indian film industry as ‘snakes.’
The state’s environment minister, Ramdas Kadam, said that Aamir Khan ‘can go to Pakistan’ if he didn’t love India adding that people such as Aamir, Shah Rukh and Dilip Kumar were like ‘snakes,’ considering their statements.
Kadam was responding when asked about Aamir Khan’s statement that his wife Kiran Rao was afraid to live in India due to rising intolerance and suggested they move out of the country.
“If he doesn’t love the country any more, then he can go to Pakistan,” Kadam was quoted by PTI.
He added, “The police should also conduct an inquiry whether Aamir’s statement is anti-national.”
Kadam compared Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Dilip Kumar to snakes for being “ungrateful.”
“From Dilip Kumar to Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir, we gave everyone of them a lot of love. However, the statements coming from them make us feel as if we have nurtured snakes,” said Kadam.