MUMBAI, Nov 25 - Under fierce criticism from sections of the society, including the BJP and its allies, over his remarks on intolerance, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan today asserted that he stood by what he had stated and that neither he nor his wife Kiran Rao have any intention of leaving the country.
50-year-old Aamir, who drew flak from BJP and a section of film fraternity for expressing his �alarm and despondency� over the rise in recent incidents of intolerance, came out with a statement, saying he is �proud to be an Indian�.
Hitting out at Aamir, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the �extreme reaction� given by the actor has not only �dented� the image of the country but also his own.
Joining his party colleagues who have been critical of Aamir�s comments, Javadekar said the reason why his party did not agree with the actor�s statement is because the country has a �legacy of tolerance�.
Another Union Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said tolerance is in India�s DNA and the actor need not leave the country, advising him to not come under the influence of �fabricated political propaganda�. �Tolerance is in India�s DNA. There is no space for intolerance in the country. People don�t need to get influenced by fabricated political propaganda,� he tweeted.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, �Some are propagating wrong things; some are coming under wrong propaganda. There is more tolerance in India. People of India are tolerant.�
The Government had called Aamir�s comments alarmist, with ministers alleging a conspiracy to tarnish India�s image.
In his one-page statement, 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,� he said. � PTI