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Ram Madhav asks Aamir Khan to tell his wife about India’s prestige

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New Delhi: With the debate on intolerance refusing to subdue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday added fuel to the fire by welcoming its leader Ram Madhav’s remark asking Bollywood star Aamir Khan to teach to his wife about India’s prestige.

When asked to comment on Madhav’s remark, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told, “He has given a good suggestion. With the political battle over tolerance and intolerance is being waged, some advice has been given.”

Madhav had courted controversy yesterday after he said that Aamir should not only preach to an auto-rickshaw driver about India’s prestige but also to his wife.

It will not work that you preach to an auto-wallah how the country’s prestige has to be saved but not tell the same to your own wife,

Madhav was giving his speech at Delhi’s SGBT Khalsa College.

In November, Aamir Khan had expressed alarm and despondency over the rise in cases displaying intolerance in the last six to eight months.

When I go home and talk to Kiran (Aamir’s wife), for the first time she says, ‘Should we move out of India?

He had said that a sense of ‘insecurity’ and ‘fear’ had seeped deep within society.(Inputs from IANS)(Picture Courtesy: www.thequint.com)

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Dadri lynching: ‘Government is prepared for CBI investigation’

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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said anyone seeking to disturb communal amity will not be spared and that the government was prepared for a CBI probe into the lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri so that the truth comes out.

Replying to a debate in the Lok Sabha on intolerance, Rajnath Singh said the allegations against the government over intolerance started with the lynching.

He said the preliminary report of the Uttar Pradesh government did not mention communalism, beef, or any planned murder.

He said the initial investigation by Uttar Pradesh did not reach a conclusion and the matter can be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation if the state government wanted it.

The central government is prepared (for a CBI probe) so that the truth comes out,

As Rajnath Singh talked about differences between Islamic sects in countries such as Iraq and Bahrain, opposition members protested and asked him to focus on the situation in India and controversial remarks of some ministers.

He said, “India is, was, and will be tolerant“, and the subject of the debate was “dangerous and self-destroying“.

Rejecting charges of intolerance hurled at the government, he said the BJP and Prime Minister Modi were the worst victims of intolerance in politics.

The country will decide who is intolerant. As far as the government is concerned, we will not allow intolerance in any circumstances,

He reached out to the opposition and promised that mistakes, if any, would be rectified by the government.

If anybody tries to disturb communal amity, he will not be spared,

The home minister said he was prepared to meet the intellectuals who have returned awards. “Let’s talk,” he said, adding that the government was willing to take any step towards harmony and correct mistakes if any.

Rajnath Singh said an attempt was made to defame the Modi government by returning literary and other awards.

(Inputs from IANS)

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When RBI governor talks about intolerance, world listens: Historian Aijaz Ahmad

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New Delhi: As the intolerance discussions show no sign of abating, eminent scholar and Marxist literary theorist Aijaz Ahmad has joined the debate, saying that even top echelons of the society are taking cudgels against intolerance.

“It’s not a minor matter that RBI governor is raising his voice against intolerance. These are people who never protested like that. When the RBI governor talks, people all over the world listen to what he has to say even if the central government may not,” Ahmad told IANS on the sidelines of the Indian Languages Festival, ‘Samanvaya’, here on Thursday.

Ahmad said that the voices of protest against intolerance are not limited to the society’s intelligentsia.

Earlier, delivering a lecture on the ‘Languages of a Nation’, the scholar expressed concern over the “atmosphere of fear” among artists and writers.

“A R Rahman, perhaps the most original music genius in the country, says that he too has felt threatened over the past few months. Mumbai used to be the pride of our cosmopolitan aspirations. Over the years, it has degenerated so much and the atmosphere has become charged with fear,” he said lamenting the fact that Romila Thapar, India’s most renowned historian, had to deliver her lecture under police protection.

The scholar also flayed the attacks on actor Girish Karnad.

“We now live in a strange atmosphere. Karnad, who perhaps has received more awards than any other artist in the country, had to live under police security for making an off-the-cuff remark about the naming of an airport,” he said.

Ahmad, a visiting professor at York University, Toronto, felt that there is an unprecedented response from even unexpected quarters.

“What is more striking is how widely this sense of danger is shared. This is also the first time that some of the most eminent scientists have raised their voice on the same issues and expressed their sense of concern as to where the country is headed,” he said.

Ahmad said that though he had no intentions to speak on intolerance when he was invited to the event, he was compelled to do so because of the “explosion of certain issues specifically within the world of literature and social thought in the country”.

In his speech, Ahmad also took a dig at the burgeoning numbers of literary festivals. “A new game of transnational commercial activity now straddles under the name of literary festivals. Their main function seems to be horse trading in authors and manuscripts while some sort of literary entertainment goes on in the front hall for star-struck consumers,” he said.

(Preetha Nair, IANS)

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Not leaving country, proud to be Indian: Aamir Khan speaks up

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A day after Bollywood superstar Aamir 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 not 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.”

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.”