Everyone was bashing him. It seemed a cool thing to do, so there I was, about to bash him too with the power of my super influential Facebook and Twitter accounts, when it struck me – am I about to write derogatory things about someone without listening to what he ACTUALLY said? I can’t be THAT big of an idiot. And then I went and saw the video to see what the hypocrite Aamir Khan had to say this time. Sadly many people skipped that part and went on Twitter anyway and still don’t know what exactly did Aamir say.
So here’s what happened, he was in a conversation with the host of Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award about how social media is affecting the public dialogue about the social issues in the country and artists returning their awards to protest against intolerance. During this conversation, he mentioned, or rather confessed that he too, like a lot of other Indians did feel a little intimidated and scared due to a sudden surge of intolerance. He also very rightly said, and I agree with him, that simply saying ‘Where were you when the 84 riots happened’ does not belittle what’s happening now, and is definitely not an excuse for extremists to continue doing what they do. He also rightly said that when such incidents happen, we as a country expect and deserve some reassurance from the ruling party that whoever killed a living human being over a slight doubt of a dead bovine will be brought to justice. But sadly, we didn’t get any when we needed it.
During this conversation, he simply happened to mentioned a single sentence (which was more like a rhetorical question) said by his wife out of a probable knee jerk reaction during a private conversation. I am writing his sentence word to word, so read along :
“When I sit at home and talk to Kiran, you know, Kiran and I, have lived for all of our lives in India and for the first time Kiran says ‘should we move out of India?’. Now that’s a DISASTROUS and a very BIG statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child, she fears for the, you know, the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers. So, that does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet, there’s a sense of growing despondency apart from alarm…”
Now, could you sensible people answer a few questions for me based on this sentence:
What Aamir said was not a fully decided press conference style official caveman statement saying ‘India intolerant. I leave. My wife leave. I go away’. A simple statement came up during a discussion, which he said just to share how disturbed people really are. That’s it. You cannot hold him on a moral stake saying he should know what he is talking about because he is a celebrity. He is not our Prime Minister that we should expect him to pause his tour to reassure us that justice will be served. He does not represent us. He is a guy who acts and gets paid. Don’t be the idiot who idolises actors. There is no reason to expect him to be Politically correct. He does not owe that to you. He is as private a citizen of India as you are. Deal with it.
If you want to see how a well planned, premeditated and influencing public statement looks like, check the below image out by Amul India.
You must have already seen it. I understand half wits on twitter going crazy like sheeps in a herd, but for a major corporation to take out the time and money to feed their personal ignorance and putting out such cartoons just to warm their plates on public opinion is what is wrong with India. I am all for jokes and everything, but here the joke’s on you Amul.
Look, I am not a die hard Aamir fan or anything. And I certainly don’t think he is a saint. He is far from it. I have seen how much of a hypocrite he can be during the AIB roast reaction. But that pretext does not apply here. He is a mere mortal, a human being just like us, prone to mistakes and misjudgements just like us. But he certainly does not need to apologize for anything (Although he did respond to this madness on his Facebook Wall). As to anyone doubting any other Indian’s sense of nationality, you should really come out of your self centred cocoon every once a while.
I am personally not saying that India is more or less intolerant than before. But the fact that we as Indians would jump on a bandwagon and taking everything personally saying ‘why didn’t you see this intolerance when Congress was ruling’ is a very intolerant move in itself, and very UnIndian at best. Why don’t we set better standards for ourselves?
I for one think that the fact that people are protesting now ever than before is a sign that people now have hopes and expectations from the Government which they didn’t at all in the earlier corrupt Congress years. When a country overwhelmingly votes you in office, it does not mean you own more of a country now, it instead means more of the country now owns you. No matter how far along the digital India is going, these incidents are certainly going in the reverse direction. So let’s ask the Government to live up to it instead of fighting amongst ourselves saying why now and why not before. Let’s remind this to the Government you and I elected overwhelmingly and wholeheartedly, and be the land of all religions. Let’s be Bharat again.
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