Aamir Khan has refused to apologise for his comments on the Narmada Dam issue which has blocked the release of his latest film Fanaa in Gujarat.
Activists of the BJP youth wing had demanded an unqualified apology from the star to Gujaratis for his “anti-Gujarat”, “anti-Narmada”, “anti-development” stand if his movie was to be screened by multiplexes in the State.
But the star, at a media conference, this evening, said: “”I am saying exactly what the Supreme Court has said. I only asked for rehabilitation of poor farmers who have been displaced from their homes and lands. I never spoke against the construction of the dam. I haven’t said anything wrong. I will not apologise for my comments on the issue.”
What do you think? Should Aamir Khan apologise? Has it become a crime in “democratic” India to hold a contrary view? Is the mighty Indian State incapable of hearing a view contradictory to its own? Is everybody expected to agree with everything everybody else does?
Or, to put it bluntly, has the whole dispute assumed a barely concealed communal colour?
Aamir is Right. His voice i don't know how much difference it made…any way given some prime time to TV media which was bored of beaming same faces for NBA. Is cause is right…
Mr. Aamir, No Need to apologise man… No way you should be doing that when you are right…
The BJP cannot apologise to Gujarati Muslims for the 2002 pogrom, it cannot apologise for the thousands of farmers who committed suicide, but it wants Aamir Khan to apologise for speaking on behalf of the voiceless poor and displaced dam oustees. Is this a joke or what? The only thing Aamir needs to say sorry for is the collective silence and connivance of his countrymen that has allowed this kind of incendiary, communally tinted politics to take root and flower like a poison ivy.
Has it become a crime in “democratic” India to hold a contrary view?
So what is wrong in BJP workers having their views and their kind of agitation? Should it go beyond a limit as spelt out in our constitution, then we have a system to take care of that. Till then let’s enjoy reading both the views.
If the fragile pride of the Gujaratis has been hurt by a film star’s statements, here is a suggestion. Let them not see Aamir Khan’s movie, but let them also not buy or drive Toyota cars, wear Titan watches or drink Coca-Cola till he says sorry on all fours. In fact, all showrooms stocking the products of the star should be shut down forthwith not just in Gujarat but in all stores across Mumbai run by Gujaratis. That should teach him (and his brands) a lesson in how to toe the party line.
The purpose of our constitution’s Article 19 is to protect unpopular speech. Right or wrong, Aamir Khan has a right to speak his mind (even if it seems he has no mind). The BJP workers have a right to protest his speech and his mind. We all have a right to wallow in chaotic dysfunction.
This website just want to attract ‘Comments’ ..Move over guys
Aamir has already told his side and this is a normal side of story
between a celebrity and Politics .
When rajnikanth supported TN on Kaveri issue, similar sentiments were shown by Mandya/Mysore belt people .
Churumuri has made an ‘HABIT’ of inviting comments for the silliest of BLOGS . Maybe my comment will be deleted .
This is myside of View on the BLOG maybe contradictory
Just because Mandya did the same to Rajnikanth films, we must allow Gujarat to do so to Aamir? Every freedom that exists in our country exists not because it was gifted by some magnanimous neta, but because it was fought for and secured out of their hands by countless masses, some of whom even paid with their lives. To conveniently brand this as “a normal story between a celebrity and politics” shows how we take our freedoms for granted and how we allow our own political/ideological affiliation to colour our stand. We must stand up because somebody might tomorrow shut us up. And we must use every forum available to make our voice heard. Even Churumuri.
“I disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”—Voltaire.
Here is man who deserted his wife and children of many years. Then had a fling with a foreigner and has an illegitimate kid out of that liaison and which he has not owned up so far. Let him rehabilitate his children and give them back the parental love they have lost for no fault of them.
This world is a cruel place and there are bound to be so many inequities this world offers – some man made and some god made. But it is difficult to empathize with all and some time for parochial reasons some may gloat at some one’s misery too. It is easy say vasudEva kutuMbaM and difficult to live with it. Under the circumstance a man’s true character is in living true to the old adage that charity( empathy) should begin at home !
Rightly said ‘Jeevarathna’…..Sumne naavu Gantlu archkotheevi
yivaru maadodh maadodhe.
why doesnt he speak on Kashmiri pandits who did not need a dam to be ousted from their homes … he is just another showman/psuedo activist who raises his voice when his film is due to be released..
If Aamir’s personal life is to be discussed in the context of his remarks, there will be a handful of leaders who qualify to be in the Parliament House and make rosy speeches. Most of them are like ‘Rane’ of Kannada serial ‘Muktha’. Guess Aamir’s first wife, the other woman are all educated and have pursued thier own ways of getting the matter settled. Why do others get dirty in their mouth by speaking about his personal matters, when it is unwarranted. Has he spoken anything wrong? Certainly not! Isn’t rehabilitation a step preceeding the act? He is a lot better than others in his industy who enjoy the sport of hunting animals. As far as speaking for the Kashimir Pandits – BJP ruled India for a full term…did the condition of the Pandits change? Hope not that someone will now make an issue for having not spoken about the Sri Lankan refugees…or let us wait and watch how he takes up the social issues dogging us.
No, Aamir or any tom dick and harry should not apolgise for the mistake they have not commited. As an Indian citizen he has every right to speak his mind if they ban aamir’s film then all NBA leaders and even the farmers should be denyed entering Gujarat. When we are in a democratic country with constitutional right to speak why he should apologise. No if it is aamir today tomorrow it may be u & me.As prashanth says we may have to shut churmuri.