‘Aamir made a cal­lous state­ment’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh

Ac­tor Om Puri has lashed out at Aamir Khan, say­ing that he should have re­frained from his com­ments on in­tol­er­ance in the coun­try. Puri says that if Aamir ac­tu­ally means what he said, then he is dis­ap­pointed in the star.

“It is a very cal­lous and ir­re­spon­si­ble state­ment, and Aamir does not re­alise the im­pli­ca­tion of it. He is a star, peo­ple love him and he has earned a lot from In­dia. A state­ment like this is in­sti­gat­ing Mus­lims and making them feel in­se­cure,” says Puri.

The ac­tor adds that Aamir’s com­ments are un­called for be­cause In­dia has al­ways been very tol­er­ant to­wards peo­ple from all re­li­gions and re­gions. “I feel that In­dia has been the most tol­er­ant coun­try. The Bri­tish ruled us for so many years and we tol­er­ated this with­out violence... as Gandhi was there at the time. We have tol­er­ated so many at­tacks as well, over the years,” he says adding, “In fact, I feel that In­dia is a safe coun­try for Mus­lims. Look at the other Mus­lim coun­tries. There have been bomb blasts in mosques while peo­ple have been pray­ing... chil­dren have been killed in schools,” he says.

Puri says that while he con­demns the in­ci­dent where a man was lynched for al­legedly stor­ing beef, he does not feel that it is enough to make ev­ery­one in the coun­try feel in­se­cure.

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