Kiran and I have no intention to leave India, Aamir Khan reacts


Aamir Khan’s ‘Intolerance’ remark drew flak from various sections of the society and majority seek apology from the actor but Aamir Khan said that he is proud to be an Indian but stands by what he said.  

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Aamir said “First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future. Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying.”

“Secondly, I stand by everything that I have said in my interview. To all those people who are calling me anti-national, I would like to say that I am proud to be Indian, and I do not need anyone’s permission nor endorsement for that,” said Aamir.

Aamir's remark on intolerance broke out nationwide outrage and his effigies were burnt in many parts of the country. Hitting out at the protesters, the actor said, “To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point.”

He also thanked his supporters saying, “To all the people who have stood by me, thank you. We have to protect what this beautiful and unique country of ours really stands for. We have to protect its integrity, diversity, inclusiveness, its many languages, its culture, its history, its tolerance, its concept of ekantavada, its love, sensitivity and its emotional strength.”

Speaking at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi on Monday, Aamir had expressed “alarm” and despondency over the rise in such cases “in the last six to eight months”.

On a question over ‘intolerance’ in the country, Aamir had said “Kiran (his wife) and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India…She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be".