All hell broke loose when Aamir Khan adressed the issue of intolerant India at a media awards. The superstar faced a lot of criticism for expressing his views and now, Vivek Oberoi too, has said that he does not believe that India is an intolerant country.
Talking about the same, Vivek Oberoi told PTI, ''I have a lot of respect for Aamir Khan and his body of work as an actor. My personal belief is that India is the most tolerant country in the world and has been for thousands of years. When the world was fighting in holy crusades, one religion versus another, we were learning to live with each other. How to create monuments, how to create cultural artefacts, paint, write poetries, celebrate each other."
Vivek Oberoi further added, "This is how India has contributed to the world. India is a confluence of all religions, ideas, ideologies and politics. I have deep respect for that and I have immense pride. I am going to live here and I am going to die here."
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan faced a major backlash over his comment on leaving India, Aamir had said, ''Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That's a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers everyday. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet.''
Aamir Khan further added, ''As an individual, as a citizen, certainly I have also been alarmed, I can't deny it, by a number of incidents. For us, as Indians, to feel a sense of security, two-three things are important. The sense of justice gives a lot of security to the common man.''
After all the criticism Aamir Khan faced over his 'Intolerant India' remark, he finally clarified his stance on his comment by saying that he and his wife Kiran Rao love India and will never leave it.
Aamir Khan 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.''
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''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,'' the Dangal actor told IANS.
Aamir Khan said that he stands by everything that he said about 'Intolerant India', ''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 or endorsement for that."
Talking about his haters, Aamir Khan said, "To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point."