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Congress takes jibe at PM Modi over ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’

“It was nail-biting wait as the Prime Minister’s was on three-nation visit where he said he had breakfast in one country, lunch in another and dinner in a third country. It was dream of former Prime Minster Manmohan Singh… he said the same, but the then opposition, the BJP, opposed the trip. We heard the speech of Prime Minister and it was interesting. But more interesting was his mention that India Afghanistan relationship will be build by a bridge in Pakistan. These are two sovereign nations. Do we need bridges built by Pakistan? We are independent nations and we are capable of dealing with each other without bridges from Pakistan,” he said, adding that incursions and cross-border terrorism still persist.

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Ram Madhav, had earlier said that the Sangh believes that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will one day reunite again not by war but through ?popular goodwill?, the comment came when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise stopover in Lahore for a meeting with Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

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When a host of awards were being returned to protest ‘intolerance’, Anupam Kher and his band of angry men took out a ‘March for India’ where Kher claimed that he wouldn’t tolerate any talk of intolerance under his watch. He also directed some outrage at his colleague Dibakar Banerjee for returning an award that frankly he had no right to return (since it was the award for Best Film and belonged to the producers). All in all, Anupam Kher was the breakout ‘unexpected star’ of the year.

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Is India tolerant? It doesn’t matter because reactions to Aamir Khan’s statement justify his fears

‘Go and live in Pakistan; I will buy you the ticket if you want to take the first flight out of India; how dare you criticise the country that has given you so much; why do stupid Hindus let Muslim actors bark like this…’ For disturbing evidence of our growing intolerance to criticism and freedom of expression, you need to look no further than the acerbic, volatile reactions to actor Aamir Khan’s statement that his wife Kiran Rao suggested leaving India.

“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. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet,” he said at an Indian Express awards function on Sunday.

Predictably, the India-is-so-tolerant-and-how-dare-a-Khan-criticise-it army is out on Twitter and TV, ready to run down the actor and his family for talking about their private fears in public. Their panoply of rage, the violent words and metaphors his critics have used must have convinced Aamir Khan that his wife’s fears are justified.

File image of Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. Reuters

File image of Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. Reuters

When convincing Khan of the core liberal and tolerant ethos of India, assuaging his doubts and fears would have been the more civilised response, the rabid, hate-filled, personalised attack on the actor’s statement has only undermined the debate and deepened the existing divisions.

Let there be no doubt about this: Every individual in this country has the right to express his opinion. And his thoughts can’t be dictated by the mob that feels slighted by every word of dissent and sees in every divergent expression a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the country. What a person feels and fears is determined by his personal experience and environment; these emotions are lived, not borrowed from the lives of others and are not subservient to their needs. Even though he is part of it, an individual is a distinct unit of a society. Only the puerile and the pernicious would argue that an individual exists to strengthen the collective dogmas even when they are contrary to his beliefs and experiences. As Howard Roark says in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, “no individual should recognise anyone’s right to one minute of his life. No matter who makes the claim, how large their number or how great their need.”

So, Aamir Khan has every right to express his fears, to share his concerns. Frankly, any Indian would have battled with private demons after being treated the way Aamir Khan was after the release of PK, a brilliant send-up of the superstitions, myths and evils that plague Hinduism.

PK was an interesting — or trite if you have seen films on similar theme — take on the misconceptions and myths that are part of our daily life. But opponents of the film wanted it banned not because it looked at the odd and the hilarious in our lives; they wanted PK to be pulled out of theatres because the director had ‘targeted only the Hindus’ and couldn’t muster the courage to laugh at other religions.

Just because Aamir Khan starred in a film that looked at India’s Baba-culture, blind faith, myths and the culture of exploitation in shrines, the poster-burning cabals went after him, calling him a traitor, pointing at his religion and mocking at Khan’s perceived reluctance to act in similar films on Islam, when a similar film starring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal had barely created a whimper. PK went on to collect Rs 620-crore, a resounding rejoinder to those who thought the audiences should reject it because it was anti-Hindu. But, by then, the looney brigade must have given adequate proof of their bigotry for Aamir Khan and his family to reconsider their future in India.

If Aamir Khan fears India’s growing intolerance, he has valid reasons for it. Those mocking and trolling him from behind the anonymity of twitter handles, accusing him of being part of a politically-motivated campaign — wonder, what then is their take on Anupam Kher and Paresh Rawal’s criticism of the actor? —  should remember this: Aamir has every right to feel hurt and angry because of the actions and vitriol of the India’s lunatic fringe, even if he is an actor and his name is Khan.

From Anupam Kher’s criticism to Rahul Gandhi’s support: Who said what about Aamir Khan’s statement

Aamir Khan’s comments on growing intolerance have provoked mixed reactions on Twitter. While several of his industry colleagues have hit out at the actor, many people, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, have also come out in support of the actor.

Aamir Khan. AFPAamir Khan. AFP

Aamir Khan. AFP

Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal and Ram Gopal Varma are among those criticising the actor for saying that he is “alarmed” by a number of incidents and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country.

The 50-year-old spoke at at an award function on Monday evening where he said,  “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 about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day.That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me.”

Kher, who shared screen space with Aamir in Dil, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin among others, was vociferous in his criticism on Twitter. He spoke about his wife Kiran Rao, show Sataymeve Jayate and Incredible India, the India tourism campaign that Aamir was associated with, in a string of tweets lashing out at Khan.

Varma, who gave Aamir one of the most applauded films of his career Rangeela, wrote, “Some celebs complaining about Intolerance should be the last ones to complain because they became celebs in a so called intolerant country.”

Actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal, who acted with him in Andaaz Apna Apna and Akele Hum Akele Tum, also hit out at Khan saying that if he believes it is his “motherland then he will never talk about leaving it”.

In an interview with Times Now, he added, “I don’t agree with him. These kinds of elements are there in all country, but to generalise it like this? I don’t agree with him.  He (Aamir) is a very intelligent and balanced fellow, so to say something like Aamir is not a patriot will be too much. Intolerance has been around since 1947. There are few things happening like fringe elements, and he is drawing our attention to them. Aamir is not one to colour it in a political hue, it’s not like him to do that.”

Even actress Raveena Tandon wasn’t taking this lightly and had her own opinion to add.

The censor board’s Ashoke Pandit had a sarcastic comment to make both on Aamir and Kiran Rao.

Meanwhile, the BJP slammed Khan’s statements insisting that some isolated extreme incidents should not be allowed to define India and took a dig at his wife’s suggestion to leave India, saying people move out for many reasons, including for saving taxes.

“Some isolated examples, however, extreme are exceptions to India’s inherent tolerant nature. It would be unfortunate to let isolated examples be taken as a norm that define India. Our Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and Aamir Khan like any citizen is entitled to his personal opinion. And any one who disagrees with him also enjoys the same freedom,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs, however had a different take on the issue, saying that Aamir Khan was safe in the country. “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.”

On one hand, as Aamir Khan was being criticised, on the other hand, there were several people also supported Aamir Khan’s statements, chief among them being Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal. Unsurprisingly, Aamir Khan was also the top trend in India with Twitterati weighing in their thoughts on the issue. Some even called out Anupam Kher for his ‘personal’ remarks and how the outrage was evidence of the growing intolerance.

Firstpost conducted a Twitter poll to gauge the mood of our followers and over a thousand have participated in it. You can add your opinions here.

Aamir Khan criticises ‘intolerance’

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan joins the rising chorus of protest against “growing intolerance” in India.

Intolerance issue: When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’, Anupam Kher asks Aamir Khan

In a series of tweets expressing disappointment over Khan’s remarks, Kher asked if Khan would suggest millions of Indians to leave the country or to wait till the regime changes.

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Lashing out at Aamir Khan for saying that he and his wife had considered moving out of the country over the alarming rise of intolerance, Anupam Kher said that the actor should ‘spread hope instead of fear’.In a series of tweets expressing disappointment over Khan’s remarks, Kher asked if Khan would suggest millions of Indians to leave the country or to wait till the regime changes.”Dear @aamir_khan. #SatyamevaJayate u talked about evil practices but gave Hope. So even in ‘Intolerant’ times u need 2 spread Hope not Fear,” Kher tweeted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Questioning Khan’s reaction, the veteran actor asked why he had not raised his voice earlier when the situation had been even worse.”Dear @aamir_khan. When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’ for you? Only in the last 7-8 months? #AtithiDevoBhavah. Did you tell Kiran that you have lived through more worse times in this country & but you never thought of moving out… Did you ask Kiran which country would she like to move out to? Did you tell her that this country has made you AAMIR KHAN,? he added in another tweet.Speaking at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Khan said that he has been “alarmed” by a number of incidences and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country. He also virtually supported those returning their awards, saying one of the ways for creative people to express their dissatisfaction or disappointment is to return their awards.”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 about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me,” 50-year-old Aamir said.(with agency inputs)

Intolerance row: Anupam Kher urges Aamir Khan to spread ‘hope’ not ‘fear’

Lashing out at Aamir Khan for saying that he and his wife had considered moving out of the country over the alarming rise of intolerance, Anupam Kher said that the actor should ‘spread hope instead of fear’.

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Lashing out at Aamir Khan for saying that he and his wife had considered moving out of the country over the alarming rise of intolerance, Anupam Kher said that the actor should ‘spread hope instead of fear’.In a series of tweets expressing disappointment over Khan’s remarks, Kher asked if Khan would suggest millions of Indians to leave the country or to wait till the regime changes.”Dear @aamir_khan. #SatyamevaJayate u talked about evil practices but gave Hope. So even in ‘Intolerant’ times u need 2 spread Hope not Fear,” Kher tweeted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Questioning Khan’s reaction, the veteran actor asked why he had not raised his voice earlier when the situation had been even worse.”Dear @aamir_khan. When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’ for you? Only in the last 7-8 months? #AtithiDevoBhavah. Did you tell Kiran that you have lived through more worse times in this country & but you never thought of moving out… Did you ask Kiran which country would she like to move out to? Did you tell her that this country has made you AAMIR KHAN,? he added in another tweet.Speaking at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Khan said that he has been “alarmed” by a number of incidences and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country. He also virtually supported those returning their awards, saying one of the ways for creative people to express their dissatisfaction or disappointment is to return their awards.”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 about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me,” 50-year-old Aamir said.(with agency inputs)

Anupam Kher ‘humbled’ by LK Advani’s praise for his play ‘Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha’

New Delhi: Overwhelmed by BJP veteran LK Advani’s effusive praise for his play “Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha“, veteran actor Anupam Kher thanked the senior BJP leader for his “generosity” to come and witness the play.

“Thank you Advani Ji for your generosity and praise for our play #MeraWohMatlabNahiTha. We loved your presence,” Anupam tweeted.

Anupam Kher. PTI

Anupam Kher. PTI

Directed by Rakesh Bedi, the play is about two ex-lovers, Preetam Kumar Chopra (Anupam) and Hema Roy (Neena Gupta) meeting after 35 long years, to discover the truth behind their separation.

The play was staged in the capital on Saturday, and will also be brought alive on Sunday.

Anupam, whose actress wife Kirron Kher is a Bharatiya Janata Party MP, also shared a string of photographs in which Advani is seen applauding the actors on the stage. In one image, Advani can be seen with a microphone and seems to be sharing words of appreciation for the actors and director.

Anupam, who has been associated with the world of theatre for long, also appreciated the turnout for the play.

He posted: “What an amazing audience last night for our play #MeraWohMatlabNahiTha. Thank you Delhi for your standing ovation.”

Meanwhile, on the film front, his film “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” has set cash registers ringing at the box office. The Salman Khan-starrer has amassed over Rs.100 crore since its release on Thursday.

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SP leader Azam Khan on Sunday said that the defeat of BJP in Bihar polls was a collective verdict of the intellectuals of the state. Khan quoted Mahatma Gandhi and said that “power acquired by wrong means would leave you defeated.” “Ye Bihar se buddhijiviyo ka faisla hai. (This result is the verdict of the intellectuals of Bihar),” he said.Meanwhile, Khan on Saturday targeted Bollywood actor Anupam Kher for leading a march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan to counter the protests by writers, artistes and others against “rising intolerance”. Khan claimed that Kher “created a scene by leading a march in Delhi, Kher has hurled insults upon the intellectuals. I have since long been emphasized that dancing and singing folks of silver screen have been indulging in hurling insults upon literates and authors”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Since screen actors avail honor and money, they can’t be placed in the category of intellectuals,” he said.Khan advised Kher to “keep himself within limits” by involving in films roles instead of attempting to generate a new dimensions for literary figures and intellectuals, as it is this class which struggles by writing and publishing articles for the welfare of the society.Khan said that constitutional posts are under occupation of those, who belong to one single ideology. Hence, they should be held responsible for ushering in to an era of degradation and devastation.The UP Cabinet minister said this on the inauguration of a park here named after Azeemuddin, a general in the army of Nawab of Rampur.”To remember Nawab’s atrocious role, I have named the park after general Azeemuddin,” he added.

‘March for India’ protest: Anupam Kher meets PM Modi on intolerance issue

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met a delegation of artistes led by Bollywood actor Anupam Kher protesting against a section of artistes who are returning their awards over “intolerance” in the country.

“He (Modi) listened to us and said the intolerance issue is harming the country and its reputation,” Kher said after meeting the prime minister.

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“The filmmakers and documentary makers must make an attempt to talk to the PM and not wait for the government to contact them. We have to express our anguish but nothing should come between us and the integrity of the nation to be discussed outside India in an intolerant manner,” he added.

Earlier on Saturday, the delegation led a ‘March for India’ to protest against those returning their awards over intolerance.

After the march, Kher called on President Pranab Mukherjee, and described it as a “great meeting” where he raised concerns about the ‘award wapsi’ by various people.

Kher also said the Prime Minister’s Office had invited renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana, but he has not replied to it so far.

On October 18, Rana had returned his Sahitya Akademi award along with the Rs.1 lakh cash prize amid the ongoing debate over growing intolerance. Rana had said that if he is called by the PMO, he will go and meet Modi.

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Anupam Kher leads ‘tolerance’ march to Rashtrapati Bhavan, then meets Narendra Modi

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Kher also stated that he was going to meet PM Narendra Modi at 6:30 pm on Saturday.

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After meeting President Pranab Mukerjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday, Bollywood veteran actor Anupam Kher said that the former has conveyed to him that the Constitution must be revered at all costs and those who are returning the awards must remember that it had been bestowed upon them by the people of the nation, not the government.”As far as the Award Wapsi is concerned the President said that these awards were not given by the government, instead, it was given by the people of the country,” Kher told reporters in Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The President also said that the Constitution of the country was designed on a secular fabric and we all should all respect that,” he added. Kher announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to meet the delegation in the evening at his residence.Related Read: Anupam Kher leads #MarchforIndia, alleges Award Wapsi defaming countryThe actor led a march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday in New Delhi to protest against the voices being raised over “intolerance” in the country. The actor claimed that the intolerance debate is an attempt to malign the image of the country and is intended to target the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. Kher also stated that he was going to meet PM Narendra Modi at 6:30 pm on Saturday.Earlier, countering the protests by writers and artistes against “rising intolerance”, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Saturday led a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan alleging that the “award-wapsi” campaign was to defame the country by projecting a “wrong” picture of the situation.”India is a very tolerant country. Some people have coined the term ‘growing intolerance’. They are very few. Not every Indian thinks like that. We are secular people. We do not believe in pseudo-secularism, selective outrage or selective patriotism,” Kher, who is the spouse of BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher, told reporters.”We had a meeting with a lot of writers, artistes, filmmakers and they also believe that there is no intolerance in the country… This march is a symbolic gesture on part of a lot of people over here who say India is one and free of intolerance,” the 60-year-old said.Many filmmakers and artistes from the fraternity including Madhur Bhandarkar, Ashoke Pandit, Priyadarshan, Manoj Joshi, Abhijeet Bhattacharya and writer Madhu Kishwar joined the march to hand over a memorandum signed by more than 40 personalities including actress Raveena Tandon.Bhandarkar, a National Award winner, alleged that those involved in the protest over intolerance had opposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi before he was elected, which raised questions about their intention.”The projection that is happening for the past few days is very sad. The people who were against Modiji during elections are the same people who are coming out right now.”The whole projection and narrative that is going abroad is wrong. It is a diverse country and of course there are incidents but we all condemn them. There is no two ways about it,” he said. Kher asserted that they were not associated with any organisation or political party. “This march is led by Indians and for Indians.” Film-maker Priyadarshan said the act of returning the awards is “childish”.”People returning awards are doing a childish act. They should use the power of pen. Instances of intolerance have always been there. It is not something that happened yesterday. Shah Rukh Khan never said he is returning award,” Priyadarshan told PTI. “They are respected people but behaving like school children,” Priyadarshan said. He, however, disapproved of those critical of Khan who had said that there was extreme intolerance in the country.At least 75 members of the intelligentsia have returned national or literary awards in an escalation of protests by writers, historians, filmmakers and scientists over “growing intolerance”, voicing fears that the country’s robust democracy might be “coming apart” in the current atmosphere.The BJP-led government has dismissed the protest as “manufactured rebellion” and “politically” motivated.

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