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Aamir Khan row: Rajnath Singh cites B R Ambedkar


New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday took a dig at Bollywood actor Aamir Khan in Parliament over his ‘intolerance’ remark, saying that Dr B R Ambedkar also faced insults, but he never thought of leaving India.

The Home Minister made these remarks while speaking on the occasion of the Constitution Day in the Parliament.

After Khan’s remarks over ‘intolerance’ in India sparked a raging controversy, the actor on Wednesday sought to clear the air over the issue saying that neither he nor his wife had any intention of leaving the country.

For all those people who called him ‘anti-national’, Aamir had a message in his statement issued today.

“I would like to say that I am proud to be an Indian, and I do not need anyone’s permission nor an endorsement for that,” he wrote.

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He said anyone suggesting that he and his wife were contemplating leaving India had either nor seen his interview or was deliberately trying to distort what he had said at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.

“India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying.”

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Here’s the full text of Aamir’s statement.

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.

To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point.

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, it’s concept of anekantavada, it’s love, sensitivity and its emotional strength.

I would like to end my statement with a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, it’s a prayer really :

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,
Where knowledge is free,
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments,
by narrow domestic walls,
Where words come out from the depth of truth,
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection,
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way,
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,
Where the mind is led forward by thee,
Into ever-widening thought and action,
Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.

Jai Hind.

Aamir Khan.”

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I’m Totally Indisciplined, says Aamir Khan

"Sometimes I multitask when I need to, but I don't enjoy that," he added

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Aamir Khan" I am very indisciplined. Wikimedia Commons
  • Aamir Khan is one of the biggest superstars of Bollywood
  • He is often referred to as Mr Perfectionist
  • Aamir says that he is very indisciplined

Actor Aamir Khan, often known as Bollywood’s Mr Perfectionist, says he is “totally indisciplined” in real life, but his work brings out the discipline in him.

The actor-producer on Monday launched his friend and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani’s pilot wife-turned-author Manjeet Hirani’s book titled “How To Be Human” here.

Aamir Khan launched Majot Hirani's new book. Wikimedia Commons
Aamir Khan launched Majeet Hirani’s new book. Wikimedia Commons

The book talks about how people can learn from animals around them. In the book, Manjeet has mentioned how her pet dog Buddy Hirani is very disciplined when it comes to his diet.

On discipline in his own life, Aamir told the media: “Actually, I am not disciplined at all. I am totally indisciplined. The only thing that gets me to be disciplined is my work so if I was not an actor and not in this field, I would have been most indisciplined person.

“The only reason I am disciplined is because my work requires me to be so. Otherwise, I am not disciplined. I know it’s very hard for people to imagine that… But this is the fact and people who are close to me know that and they know how indisciplined I am. The only thing is work that pulls me back to track and makes me do what I have to do.”

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Aamir, who was the voice of Pluto the dog in Bollywood film “Dil Dhadakne Do”, admits there’s a lot people can learn from pets.

Aamir thinks one can learn a lot from their pets.


“It’s so true that actually we can learn so much not only from our own pets but from animals around us because they are really less judgmental than we are.

“We are very judgmental on many things and for many reasons which you don’t need to be. Whereas, an animal is also judgmental but on a very few things. They are judgmental about their survival… Like if a deer is walking in Forest, he would be judgmental towards a tiger thinking ‘He will eat me’, whereas we are judgmental on so many levels all the time.”

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Aamir also said he rarely thinks beyond the present. “I live in the now and I never have long-term plans. It’s always about what I am to do right now.”

“I have also realised that no matter what I am doing right now, my entire focus is on that one thing — whether it is eating, meeting somebody, watching a film, shooting a film or a discussion with someone. Whatever I am doing at time, I am fully into that.”

Aamir Khan says he only thinks about the present. Wikimedia Commons

“Nothing else distracts me from that. So, for me it comes naturally. I don’t think of the future. Sometimes I multitask when I need to, but I don’t enjoy that,” he added. IANS