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Intolerance issue: 'Incredible India' become 'Intolerant India', Anupam Kher asks Aamir Khan

Mumbai:  Actor Aamir Khan, joining the debate on "growing intolerance", has shared that he felt "alarmed" by a number of incidents and that his wife Kiran Rao even contemplated relocating to leave the country because of the issue.  

The ruling BJP calls the comments "alarmist" and unfair.

"This kind of comment influenced by a politically motivated campaign insults those who have given honour to Aamir in India,We won't let Aamir leave the country, he is safe. " said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

Aamir Khan said: "When I chat with Kiran at home, she says, 'should we move out of India?' That's a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm."

Mr Khan said it was important for political parties to take a stand and a "sense of insecurity grows when we don't see that happening."

Incidents like attacks on rationalists, a mob killing over beef-eating rumours and controversial statements by members of the ruling BJP or allied groups have been held up by rival political parties.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing questions during his recent trip to Britain, said: "India is committed to protecting every citizen's freedom, and the law will deal severely with those who are intolerant."

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